I have a retiree and a donkey that stay on the portly side year round. Currently, they are both getting Triple Crown Legends 11% pelleted. They are on so-so pasture but are given high quality bermuda hay and both stay round as ticks !
I am thinking of taking them off the legends and switching to a vitamin supplement instead. Has anyone done this? What is a good supplement to make sure they are getting all their nutrients without any added fat?
By the way, neither receive any work and they reason I feed them is because I have others that receive feed and they would complain if they get nothing!!
Thanks y'all! The retiree is retired due to injury not old age. he is 14 and very healthy and fat! So far, I have not noticed any pain issues that warrant a joint supplement. He is just an overall, healthy, happy guy.
Choco, I may look into the Equipride. I just want him to get the nutrients without any extra calories.
I just started feeding my pony Smartpak's pelleted EZKeeper Grass. It is an ounce a day. I split it into half for each feeding and give her the other half ounce TC Senior. I must say it does not smell appetizing, but she is eating it well.
She is way too fat to have a Ration Balancer. 1000 extra calories would make her as wide as 2 sofas instead of her normal one-sofa berth. As it is, I kept checking her udder to make sure she wasn't going to drop a surprise foal, since her former owner had stallions. I kept thinking that no horse could be that round without a baby in there! But she is.
It's another option other than a RB for the super easy keepers.
A ration balancer is not the same thing as a complete multivitamin/mineral/amino acid supplement. Ration balancers contain protein and calories which vit/min supplements do not, and are fed at much larger volumes.