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Any good quality "Soy Free" Ration Balancers available in Southeast??

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  • Any good quality "Soy Free" Ration Balancers available in Southeast??

    Considering taking young mare off soy to see if it makes any difference in her heavy heats. She goes from sweet as a baby kitten to a cranky, bossy, leave me alone type when she's in season. I've had many mares years back and never had this problem until soy became the standard in feeds. Can't help but think there's a connection. TIA.
    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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    • #3
      Equipride. This is what I feed. That and some tim pellets.

      I get it from Franklin Kubota, in TN.


      • #4
        Depending on what "southeast" means to you, M10 might or might not be available. McCauley's in general isn't around here

        Equipride is your closest RB cousin.
        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


        • #5
          McCauley's @

          FloridaDan's Discount Feed
          449 North Central Avenue
          Umatilla, FL 32784
          Phone: (352) 669-7253

          North American Hay
          P.O. Box 21581
          Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335
          Phone: (954) 599-8803

          Safety Systems
          11924 Forest Hill Blvd, Suite 22
          Box 175
          Wellington, FL 33414
          Phone: (561) 350-3171
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          • #6
            Where are you in Florida? I feed the McCauley's M10 soy free RB. I've been very happy with it. It's a large pellet, looks like rodent chow. I get it from United Hay in Ocala. You have to order it, they carry other McCauley's products but they don't keep the M10 in stock. So I order 6-8 bags at a time. Takes about 2 weeks to come in (they order feed twice a month, so it depends on where they are in the ordering cycle).


            • #7
              www.seminolefeed.com/supplements.html has several grass/hay balancers.


              • #8
                Originally posted by csaper58 View Post
                www.seminolefeed.com/supplements.html has several grass/hay balancers.
                All have soy


                • #9
                  Originally posted by rmh_rider View Post
                  Equipride. This is what I feed. That and some tim pellets.

                  I get it from Franklin Kubota, in TN.
                  Equipride is a mineral supplement not a ration balancer.

                  A ration balancer adds protein to balance either alfalfa hay/pasture (it adds less protein) or for grass hay/pasture (more protein).

                  If you are seeking a "true" ration balancer you will need to add some other stuff to Equipride....

                  Amino Acids/Protein (Tri Amino is a good one)

                  I think it also falls short on Magnesium.

                  OF course, this assumes you actually feel horses must be balanced in minerals with a calculator. :-)


                  • #10
                    Again, technically not a 'ration balancer' for grass hays in the same way those formulated for grass hays are.

                    It is totally lacking in protein (specifically lysine, methionine, and threonine)-the very ingredients a ration balancer is supposed to be adding via soy.


                    • #11
                      Alfalfa pellets are a great way to add protein in a soy free diet. So is whey or Tri Amino as someone else mentioned...and that assumes you even need to. Most smaller easy keeping breeds can get all the protein and lysine they need from normal forage and a few alfalfa pellets. If you have a big sport horse type then you might have to feed a lot more alfalfa or simply add a supplement to meet their amino acid needs.


                      • #12
                        M10/M30 are designed to be fed with Oats. Isn't the OP tying to avoid the contents of soy ?
                        (You can adjust the protein level by using oats, which has almost as much protein as soy)
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                        • #13
                          RBs typically say "if more calories are needed, add X amount of oats". That's different from "designed to be fed with oats", if that makes sense

                          That doesn't remotely mean you HAVE to feed oats if you need more calories.
                          The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                          • #14
                            LMH- Seminole's Grass Balancer 16:8 does not have soy listed in the ingredients, nor do a couple other products. The company Phone # is on the page so I guess a phone call can clear up any questions.


                            • #15
                              The 16:8 is along the same lines as the Equipride - not truly a ration balancer. It's fed in terms of ounces. It does not have much (any?) protein, and is really just about minerals, and that's why it can be soy-free - doesn't have to provide protein.

                              That doesn't mean it's not worthwhile, but if you're looking for soy free options, the M10 is as close as you're going to come, and that's not truly a RB because of the protein. However, adding lysine to a diet is cheap and easy.
                              The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                              • #16
                                Equipride has the correct magnesium ratio.

                                Yeah, it may not be a RB, but it is a supplement with no soy. I can not trust anybody not to have soy in whatever they make, be it a rb or feed. I know the Equipride doesn't have it in there. Anything on a belt, I worry on the soy. My horse is plenty fat with just this supplement, and hay or hay pellets, or BP. No lysine, but I have found no issues without it in there. There are other sources out in the pasture, hay, pellets, bp which may have it in there. My horse doesn't show a deficiency due to the supp not having it.

                                Here is their list of what is in it:

                                Crude Protein, Min.
                                Crude Fat, Min.
                                Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Min
                                Crude Fiber, Max.
                                ADF, Max
                                Calcium (Ca), Min.
                                Calcium (Ca), Max.
                                Phosphorus (P), Min.
                                Salt (NaCl), Min.
                                Salt (NaCl), Max.
                                Magnesium (Mg), Min.
                                Potassium (K), Min.
                                Sulfur (S), Min.
                                Fluorine, Max
                                0.8 ppm
                                Copper (Cu), Min.
                                500 ppm
                                Selenium (Se), Min.
                                5.0 ppm
                                Zinc (Zn), Min
                                1,000 ppm
                                Iron (Fe), Min.
                                350 ppm
                                Manganese (Mn), Min.
                                750 ppm
                                Iodine (I), Min.
                                8.0 ppm
                                Cobalt (Co), Min.
                                4.0 ppm
                                Biotin, Min
                                18 mg/lb
                                Omega 3 fatty acid, Min.
                                5,500 ppm
                                Vitamin A, Min
                                100,000 IU/lb
                                Vitamin D, Min
                                20,000 IU/lb
                                Vitamin E, Min


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by rmh_rider View Post
                                  Equipride has the correct magnesium ratio.
                                  What do you mean by this? Correct how? Correct according to NRC? Dr Kellon? Correct assuming other feeds are not low in Mg?

                                  A 10 oz serving (the recommendation for a 1000 lb horse) has 4+ grams of Mg. Certainly enough if there is not any metabolic issues, etc indication a need for extra Mg.

                                  A 10oz serving provides 62,500 units of Vitamin A. That is quite a strong amount of additional A....harmful? Don't know. Necessary? Unlikely.

                                  I fed Equipride for quite a while on my farm but no longer do.

                                  The point being no one can say any product is 'correct' without knowing what else the horse is eating.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by csaper58 View Post
                                    LMH- Seminole's Grass Balancer 16:8 does not have soy listed in the ingredients, nor do a couple other products. The company Phone # is on the page so I guess a phone call can clear up any questions.
                                    what JB said in post #15 above.