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Has anyone used "Thrive" feed?

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  • Has anyone used "Thrive" feed?

    http://dalemoulton.com/html/thrive.html

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    Thrive Feed used as training tool and rehabilitation feed.

    Thought I would let you know that Thrive Feed has been successfully used for both rehabilitation of starved rescues as well as in healthy horses to help with focus and training.

    Since Hearts4Horses.Com is very involved in horse rescue, we are huge fans of Thrive Feed and what it can do for starved horses. We are similarly amazed by the training results possible when using the feed. Seems the animals just pay better attention and learn quicker.

    I have personally seen the results with one Arabian mare in particular that went from a body condition 1 to a body condition 5, was saddle trained and went on a 14 mile trail ride...all within 42 days. We did a thread about it on Hearts4Horses.Com. You can read it here: http://hearts4horses.net/member_foru...ead.php?t=1864.

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    • #3
      Giving this a bump. My farrier recommended this just today. No, he's not an expert in equine nutrition--more of a hobbiest. But he's always looking for a feeding solution that helps prevent laminitis -- which he swears is feeding related. So -- bump. Does anybody know anything real about this?
      I have a Fjord! Life With Oden

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      • #4
        Bump, since some time has passed and I'm wondering if anyone out there knows of, or has experience with, this feed "Thrive".
        http://www.thrivefeed.com/ThriveIn.html
        "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

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        • #5
          Another bump, I too would like to hear from people that have actually used this feed.

          From glancing at the website it seems like a good feed, although when the website mentions things like causing colic if fed with regular feed...well that turns me off.

          Also the website seems to brag a lot about being such a "superior" horse feed...and maybe it is, but it annoys me that every paragraph it mentions how absolutely amazing it is.
          come what may

          Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013

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          • #6
            Yeah, I noticed the same thing about the website, it was trying to make a point but ended up sounding very arrogant, like if your horse doesn't eat this feed he will shrivel up and cease to exist.
            "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sundance_Solo View Post
              Another bump, I too would like to hear from people that have actually used this feed.

              From glancing at the website it seems like a good feed, although when the website mentions things like causing colic if fed with regular feed...well that turns me off.

              Also the website seems to brag a lot about being such a "superior" horse feed...and maybe it is, but it annoys me that every paragraph it mentions how absolutely amazing it is.
              I've been feeding this for more than a year now. And by the way, I do feed it along with a pasture balance supplement as well as a mineral supplement; and combining it with other feeds does not cause colic.

              I'm happy with the feed but I can't attest to it being miraculous. My horses were fat and shiny on the previous ration and they're fat and shiny now.

              My farrier swears by it as does the guy I buy it from ; so I'm happy with it for now.
              I have a Fjord! Life With Oden

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              • #8
                I feed Thrive exclusively to my horses,
                Love Love Love Thrive and I dont know what I would do without it.
                Last edited by Noms; Feb. 6, 2012, 10:46 AM.

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                • #9
                  Would like to bump this up (I know it's old) but the website does nothing but tell you it's awesome with no real data to back it up. Plus no nutritional information. So does anyone have anything scientific to add to this feed?

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                  • #10
                    I do not feed this to my horse personally, but people at my last and current barn have.

                    At my first barn, it was given to many different breeds of healthy horses and seemed to keep them all in good weight with a shiny coat. A couple rescue horses came in that would not eat hay so the owner decided to give them free choice thrive (huge water tub filled with thrive). I left within about a month of them starting this and wow it did make a difference. They looked a lot better, but they were also eating a lot of thrive. There weren't any issues that I was aware of with them getting that much grain but certainly scared me when they told me what they were going to do. Also, I wasn't there long enough to see if it had any long term effects.

                    At my current barn, a few of the horses are fed this as well. They are all healthy horses and again it seems to keep them in good weight with a great coat.

                    If the second grain that I tried with my young horse didn't work I probably would have tried Thrive but I ended up really liking the grain so I didn't switch again.

                    I know this isn't first hand experience but that is what I have observed. It seems like a good grain for many different types of horses.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phoenixrises View Post
                      Would like to bump this up (I know it's old) but the website does nothing but tell you it's awesome with no real data to back it up. Plus no nutritional information. So does anyone have anything scientific to add to this feed?
                      phoenix,, call Dale Moulton,, he's an aussie,, very nice guy and loves to talk about his feed.

                      I attended one of his local horse nutrition discussions, specifically about thrive but it was a long time ago. Dale went through the intricate details of how the ingredients are selected and processed the way he directs which is the secret to the success of his feed.

                      And about the concept of "free feeding" which gives horse people angst,, thrive is not grain,, it is a type of forage based feed that is complete, no other supplemental nutrients required.

                      FYI, he is local to me, thrive is milled locally,, and since I have started feeding thrive, back in the day, the popularity has skyrocketed. Sometimes the feed store runs out.

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                      • #12
                        Yes, it's a forage; but it's a short-stem forage.

                        I've actually switched from Thrive to Chaffhaye. I do consider Chaffhaye superior.
                        I have a Fjord! Life With Oden

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                        • #13
                          So, it's a forage-based fortified feed. Big deal - other companies have something similar.

                          Any time a company goes through such great lengths to try to convince you there is just No Other Product So Magical, it makes me wonder "why do you have to try so hard?"

                          A guaranteed analysis is printed on every bag because it is required by law. Personally I don’t care for the information much as it does nothing to indicate what the results of feeding the product are going to be. I want you to make a purchasing decision based on results other horse owners are experiencing, not by comparing the feed tag to tags on normal horse feed.


                          When a company says that this and only this feed will give your horse the health he deserves, that raises a red flag for me.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JB View Post
                            So, it's a forage-based fortified feed. Big deal - other companies have something similar.

                            Any time a company goes through such great lengths to try to convince you there is just No Other Product So Magical, it makes me wonder "why do you have to try so hard?"





                            When a company says that this and only this feed will give your horse the health he deserves, that raises a red flag for me.
                            How do you know that other companies have something similar? Have you ever seen thrive?

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                            • #15
                              other companies DO have fortified forage products - that is the "something similar".

                              I don't have to have seen Thrive to know the above is true.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by JB View Post
                                other companies DO have fortified forage products - that is the "something similar".

                                I don't have to have seen Thrive to know the above is true.
                                I have seen the other stuff, and thrive very different.

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                                • #17
                                  How is that?

                                  The website is so secretive about it all. Special processing? How is it different from how other companies extrude their ingredients?

                                  Hiding things does not endear a product to those of us who want specifics and are not just going to believe all the hype based on how well other horses are reportedly doing on it, not when there are 100 other products that have been producing healthy, shiny, happy horses for decades.
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                                  • #18
                                    We used it for about a year, from yearlings to show horses to retirees. All did very well on it; even those that don't see a curry comb look glossy. The problem is the distribution: we don't have any feed store within reasonable distance that carries it (the closest is more than three hours away) and that company (Thrive) is more than pain in the butt to deal with in which they refused to deal with distributor and they refuse to ship smaller order (the smallest is by semi load). Just last month we decide the benefit is not worth the trouble so we are switching to Progressive, which we can easily get from the feedstore.

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                                    • #19
                                      I have a retired gelding who is muzzled on grass, hasn't had a brush or comb taken to him in several years, gets a handful of beetpulp to mix his v/m combo with, and he is shiny as can be.

                                      That is my point - there are many healthy ways to manage a horse without needing a speshul feed to do it.
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                                      • #20
                                        This was my WB (3yo at the time) on only Dynamite v/m and a handful of something as a carrier - don't remember what now. Nothing all that magic.
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