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  1. #1
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    Default Cavalor Opinions?

    While wandering around Red Hills today my friend and I were approached about a feed called Cavalor. The sales rep took quite a bit of time to talk to us about what was in the feed, its purpose, why it's superior, yada yada. I searched the threads on here and the most recent topics were almost 2 years ago when it was not really available in the US and was more common in Europe. Apparently there are a ton of feed stores that sell it now though, including one in Tallahassee. So I was wondering how opinions on it were running lately. I'm currently feeding Strategy, but if this is better I might switch my guy (eventer).

    All opinions welcome
    You're trying to do something normal people wouldn't do because they're terrified they might fail. -Boyd Martin



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    That would be Heather! She is great!
    I just switched my 2 horses over to Cavalor from Seminole Wellness.
    One is a retired TB mare, former upper level eventer, very, very picky...will leave her grain more often then not. She was on Wellness Senior. Usually in the AM, she would eat about 1/4 and then want out. She would eat a little more at lunch, then finish the rest off during the night with her dinner.
    We now have to wait for her to finish the Cavalor! I can even put medicine in her Cavalor and she will eat it! I put her on the Cavalor Senior.
    Tucker, my lower level eventer, a draft cross, was on Ultra Dynamix. He is now on the Endurix. He too can't wait for me to dump his feed!
    It is a bit pricier, but I love that there are no fillers. Seminole Wellness is not cheap, yet it contained middlings and other fillers.



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    I just saw it in person for the first time today (a participant in a clinic I was attending is a sales rep and showed it to me). I have done absolutely no research on it and did not hear the sales pitch, but I can say that it was the best looking, best smelling, best tasting (yes, I taste horse feed) stuff I've ever seen.



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    I was pretty impressed by what I saw, felt, smelled, and tasted also. The list of ingredients was also pretty eye catching, but I don't know anyone else who uses it. And yes heather was a doll!! If he likes it that much I don't mind paying more for it since I only have 1 horse
    You're trying to do something normal people wouldn't do because they're terrified they might fail. -Boyd Martin



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    Cavalor is pretty much THE top of the line feed, even higher than Seminole Wellness and Pennfield. They started carrying it at my feed store about a year ago, and it began selling really well shortly after stocking it. I feed the Wellness feeds almost exclusively, and checked into the Cavalor when it first came in. Several things I noticed that really stood out to me when comparing:

    Cavalor feeds as a whole tend to be lower in fat. IIRC, the highest any of them have is about 8% fat.
    All of the Cavalor feeds tend to be much higher in starch, with none of them what I would consider a "low starch" feed.
    Most of them are also low in fiber, compared to what you would find in your typical feed geared towards senior or performance horses.

    There are exceptions, I'm sure, but this was just my overall general impression while reading through the info booklet with the nutrition per feed comparison chart. That being said, there must be something to the way the feeds are mixed/types of ingredients used, etc, because the feed really does "work". I would certainly be willing to give it a try on my guys (and did invest in a bag of Strucomix once, just to see how things went-- and the one "guinea pig" horse loved it!) but my budget just won't allow me to use it full time. Keep in mind also, that not only is the price per bag higher, but the bags themselves are smaller, averaging only about 35 lbs instead of 50.



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    You mentioned that Seminole has "fillers" such as middlings....the formula of Cavalor I looked at has middlings as the third ingredient. ??????? I'd like to know too what other ingredients in Seminole you think are fillers.

    Personally, I think Cavalor is a lot of hype. Is it a good feed, and does it work? I think so, but I'm not paying over $30 a bag for feed unless it makes my horse suddenly able to pull straight 10's in my dressage test. I'll stick with my Wellness, thanks.



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    Below are a few youtubes for you to watch if you would like that maybe interesting for you....

    http://youtu.be/arGWuFQ4yUw (Corporate Video)

    http://youtu.be/7oRMg3xe6Rc (Will Faudree Story)

    http://youtu.be/hLIa-ATjnAY (Steffen Peters Story)

    http://youtu.be/CrYjwEF2MkI (Presco Story)

    http://youtu.be/-YSolJo5M9s (Hampton Classic Interview)

    You can also just type in Cavalor in the youtube search engine and find a bunch of other interviews if you want.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mawghan McCabe View Post
    Below are a few youtubes for you to watch if you would like that maybe interesting for you....

    http://youtu.be/arGWuFQ4yUw (Corporate Video)

    http://youtu.be/7oRMg3xe6Rc (Will Faudree Story)

    http://youtu.be/hLIa-ATjnAY (Steffen Peters Story)

    http://youtu.be/CrYjwEF2MkI (Presco Story)

    http://youtu.be/-YSolJo5M9s (Hampton Classic Interview)

    You can also just type in Cavalor in the youtube search engine and find a bunch of other interviews if you want.
    Are you affiliated with them?

    I can't help but notice that the only two threads you posted on are the two about this feed.



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    I've been in barns that have used it, and the horses looked well. They also had top quality hay, pasture, care etc, which makes a big difference. I'm a McCauley's fan, and work for them occasionally, and wouldn't dream of switching to Cavalor. Price and consistency are an issue for me. If people like it, great, but it just seemed OK when I looked at it, smelled it etc. Gave a few handfuls to my horses, who ate it, but without any of the amazed joy that others have experienced. I think it's a fashion thing in some ways - OOH! MY feed is IMPORTED!!! well, MY feed was manufactured 3 days ago and is going into my horse at its peak...... something to think about....



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    I posted the you tube videos yesterday and I did not put in the post that I am in charge of business development for Cavalor as I should have. I posted the videos to provide information and answers to some of the questions as well as other riders stories on using Cavalor. As far as the price concerns our feeds contain many supplements from Omegas, Pre & Pro Biotics, Muscle, Joint and even Electrolytes. Many of our clients have switched to Cavalor after running the numbers on what they were spending on supplements as well as how long one bag of their current grain was actually lasting them and found Cavalor was less expensive or the same price and the quality they believed was better for that same price. This all being said every horse is different and there are so many different factors that go into a healthy horse so if you and your horse love the feed you are currently feeding then I wouldn’t make a change either. If you have any other questions please feel free to post, email me directly at m.mccabe@cavalor.com or give me a call on my cell 615-566-3282.

    Again thank you for your time and interest.
    Best,
    Mawghan McCabe



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    There is a parallel thread about this, so I'll just reference that one: What's the hype about Cavalor lately?".

    In a nutshell, I am not impressed. Sure it smells good, sure it looks good. That's where the shine stops.

    Watching my horse turn into a freak on this stuff while still failing to put on weight over the last 70 days is really turning me off the stuff.

    At the 90 day mark I'm going back to the Seminole wellness feed. The lower starch levels (regardless of processing) just seem to fit my hot headed Thoroughbred better.

    Given the choice, (which I wasn't), I would never have started my horse on this feed.



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