What's the difference between a ration balancer and a good vit/min supplement?
Just what it says; what is the difference between the two? I feed my two mustang mares a ration balancer as they are on local grass hay and my 3 geldings get a good vit/min supplement. All horses are looking and feeling good, so why feed one and not the other? I started the ration balancer on the advice of a horse nutritionist but we've always had good results with the vit/min supps as well. One mare, even in her winter woolies has dapples so must be doing something right.
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Beyond that - you can't possibly get 10gm of lysine in a 1-2oz serving of a v/m supplement, but that's what a RB gives you. Depending on the v/m supplement, you might be getting next to nothing in the way of, say, copper and zinc - for example, Vita Plus only gives you 8mg - or you might get a good amount, as Smart Performance Alf formula gives you 225mg.
Some horses can't take the calories (or the soy) of a ration balancer, but need more nutrition than a v/m provides. Some do just fine on a v/m supp with nutritionally good hay.
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A *good* vitamin/min supplement will provide amino acids, which allow your horses to better utilize the proteins in their forage. For an easy keeper, not in hard work and needing to build muscle, on decent forage, that is not growing - this is often enough.
For a growing horse, one in hard work, etc. a ration balancer may be a better choice.
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