Just a heads-up on the Seminole--while I think they have some great feeds, some of the Wellness line do have high NSCs even though they are labeled as low starch. It has been a few years, but from what I remember the Calm N' Cool is something like 40% NSC and yet it is marketed as low starch, which is misleading. I don't think Seminole publishes the NSC %s, but IIRC NSC = starch + WSC, yes? (I guess this assuming you have the WSC, lol.)
I'm currently feeding Seminole's regular Senior (not the Wellness line), which is a nice feed, so it's not like I'm just anti-Seminole. Look into the NSCs of any feed you are looking into before you buy it.
First I want say thank you all for the replies.
RMH...This was my experience with my mare on Ultium. She was a calm horse that was shown a ton and a safe calm horse. I put her on Ultium because it was remmonanded and she looked great but turned into a totally nut. Always in heat,jumpy,spooky,pissy and so on. Since this was my first mare in 20 yrs of horse ownership I figured it was "just a mare thing" But I never concidered it a feed issue until you posted and my horse turned into exactly as you described.
Without sounded stupid can someone explain the NSC to me? I have always thought I was doing the best for them but clearly I am not up on feeds. I will only have one horse and having one I dont have to worry about cost of feed. And I want the best I can get.
So for the sake of this I want to be done with ultium for the reasons RMH stated and I dont want this horse to be that way ( I feel bad thinking I turned the mare into a nut thinking I was feeding something good for her) and I have easy access to Seminole feeds since I get my feed in Ocala anyway. What you be my best choice? This is the plan for this horse...He is only halter broke right now, 6 yr old stallion, he is going to be started under saddle as soon as we get the basics learned..i.e. learning to lounge,bathe,be groomed, then Ill will start gound driving him before the under saddle stuff starts. He is a white gray and thin skinned. If this helps.
I'm not a feed guru but I live in the same area as you and all of our horses are easy keepers. Due to our poor sandy soil and the low protein in both the hay and pastures, I worry most about sufficient protein and minerals. I feed Enrich, but there are similar products. I also make sure they have access to good quality minerals. See what your vet says.