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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 2, 2010
    on COTH right now, duh!

    Default ration balancer/hay stretcher

    I need some input on ration balancers. My boys are out on pasture 24/7 but the grass is dwindling down. I give them free choice hay as well but its not great. We have had such a hard time finding hay here that we had to take what we could. I do grain the boys, 1 gets a handful so he doesn't feel left out and the other is my hard keeper who needs weight. I'm debating using a ration balancer because the hay is just not so great. But I am fearful of pellets.
    Our vet is coming to do teeth in a few weeks so I plan on talking about thus with them but in the meantime, I'd like some input on ration balancers.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Greensboro, NC


    Why are you fearful of pellets? Horses eat them all the time

    Now, *certain* horses can't eat pellets without them being soaked. No harm in soaking just in case. The few RBs I've used are pretty soft, and soak up very quickly - minutes.

    What does your hard keeper get now? He may need more calories than a ration balancer, so a quality fortified feed would be cheaper.
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET

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