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Has anyone used "Thrive" feed?

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  • #41
    How is Thrive considered a short term forage?

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    • #42
      Originally posted by SixgunsKJ View Post
      I have a question also, for all who have given their opinions and their alternate uses for this feed rather than following its guidelines or publicly posting concerns...
      How does this assist with the original question without proper research?
      Has anyone fed this feed exclusively by the guidelines for achieving the results as guaranteed?
      This feed comes with a money back guarantee and the developers phone number is printed on each bag for any questions and for definitively tested & researched information.
      I just feel with so many varying applications stated here, without full research & actual testing (science) and without abiding directly with instructions while adding your own formula mixtures ( which manufacturer stresses not to do) based on guesswork, self-diagnosing issues or outward appearance of the horse while taking short cuts toward an improperly formulated analysis... the best way to get precise info is to call the developer of the feed directly & take into consideration the results from those who feed/fed this formula exclusively by its feeding guidelines.
      I am a firm believer in this feed. I have been feeding per the instructions on the bag for about 6 years. I add nothing additional to it. I feed it with a good quality timothy hay.

      I am a holistic Standardbred horse trainer. Started using Thrive because my now 11 year old race mare, was very nervous whenever she went any where other than the farm to train or race. One of the benefits that I had read about was that this feed got rid of the nervousness and helped the horse focus more without losing any performance. That was indeed what happened. This mare made an astonishing turnaround in a very short period of time. All the nervousness left and her manure which had been extremely loose and watery became normal.

      Now, why do I love this feed, because I do not need to think about it. I had for years been looking for a simple solution to nutritionally balancing what I fed my horses without having to be a chemical engineer. I tried every feed on the market, just about. and I was not impressed with either the results I got or the product ingredients.

      This product is a forage based complete feed, I feed much less of this than I have ever fed of any other feed and my feed tubs do not look like rainbows with all the other supplements I used with all the other feeds.

      I do not even add salt or minerals, mare drinks plenty of water. This feed makes muscle not fat and my horse looks fit not fat.

      Because what she is eating is nutritionally balanced, she utilizes more of it for her internal needs, as a result she stays healthier. She does not get any extra vitamins. What I save monthly in not buying anything extra, goes into buying more bags of feed.

      Even on race days, she gets fed her normal amount because this feed is so light and airy it does not add anything to her weight and she is a very happy horse because her stomach is never empty for too long.

      A comparison of what is in this feed versus all the rest of the manufactured feed from all the other feed companies makes this feed superior to the others.

      This feed fit my KISS plan and for me that was really enough. But the positive consistent results from using it added to my customer satisfaction level because it not only met but exceeded my expectations of the product.

      When I get it, I will try and post my horses most recent win picture from Friday June 24, 2016. Still going strong at age 11.

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      • #43
        Originally posted by RoyalRain42 View Post
        not one to normally bring back the dead, but i am curious about if anyone has new experiences on this feed? I cant find anything on what sort of price it would be. It was one of the options at the local feed store and i had never seen nor heard of it before.
        Depending on where you buy it, the cost can differ. I live in NJ, there is no Thrive dealers in NY or NJ. The closest ones to me are in Lancaster PA and in Connecticut. The lady I was buying it from moved from NY to Utah and I was paying $23 a bag plus shipping, I bought it by the pallet load and had a private shipper bring it for me from Ogdensburg NY. Now, the one in PA is where I go and my husband picks it up 10 or so bags at a time. He works about an hour and a half from where he picks it up. I now pay about $30 per bag. Although this is expensive, I will not change feeds as this feed has given me great results and my horse loves it. Has not missed a meal in the 6 years I've been feeding it.

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        • #44
          Originally posted by SixgunsKJ View Post
          How is Thrive considered a short term forage?
          Short-stem forage? Because any forage that is chopped become short-stem forage. Unless the forage is at or greater than than 1", it's considered short-stem. The very nature of this product - nugget/extruded/whatever it is - makes it short-stem fiber.

          Originally posted by rtrotter23 View Post
          Started using Thrive because my now 11 year old race mare, was very nervous whenever she went any where other than the farm to train or race. One of the benefits that I had read about was that this feed got rid of the nervousness and helped the horse focus more without losing any performance. That was indeed what happened. This mare made an astonishing turnaround in a very short period of time. All the nervousness left and her manure which had been extremely loose and watery became normal.
          what was she on before this, and how much?


          This product is a forage based complete feed,
          Unless there is more to the analysis than listed here
          http://thrivefeed.com/ingredients-quality-is-key/
          It is not a complete feed. Meaning, as a standalone product, it would not meet the horse's nutritional requirements. I do realize that many companies don't list a full analysis on their website, which is incredibly frustrating. But if what's listed is all they test for, they cannot claim it's a complete feed.

          Because what she is eating is nutritionally balanced,
          Without knowing the rest of the analysis, we can't know that.

          A comparison of what is in this feed versus all the rest of the manufactured feed from all the other feed companies makes this feed superior to the others.
          How so? They still add vitamins and minerals just like the others do. They still use (it appears) organic versions of those, just like quality "regular" companies do. There are other companies that use some or all of the main ingredients as here.

          Note that I don't have anything against Thrive as a product, only its price tag. I just don't see it as the greatest thing since sliced bread. While I do know several people, like yourself, say it has done wonders for their horse, and have no reason to doubt those changes, I can also say the same about many other quality feeds with known, quality ingredients.

          I have seen many people claim Thrive saved their horse and what a magical product it is, when it comes to light that the diet prior to that was really bad, so in reality, any decent or better feed would have done the same thing.
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          • #45
            JB, any knowledge of/experience with Babington Mills feed? (Kevin's line...)

            And anyone else?
            "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

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            • #46
              I've never heard of them - I can take a look at them later.
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              • #47
                From the Thrive web site:

                "Avalon, pictured on the right, is a big gentle giant. He slept all day after consuming 3 bags or 120 pounds of Thrive Feed he stole one night. He never moved all the next day, then at about 6pm got up, had a drink, and looked for dinner. His actions really highlighted just how safe this product is."

                I don't even know what to say about this statement.

                http://thrivefeed.com/feeding-instructions/

                ETA link
                Last edited by Garythesquirrel; Jul. 1, 2016, 09:21 PM.

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                • #48
                  Originally posted by Garythesquirrel View Post
                  From the Thrive web site:

                  "Avalon, pictured on the right, is a big gentle giant. He slept all day after consuming 3 bags or 120 pounds of Thrive Feed he stole one night. He never moved all the next day, then at about 6pm got up, had a drink, and looked for dinner. His actions really highlighted just how safe this product is."

                  I don't even know what to say about this statement.

                  Wow?!
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                  • #49
                    Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                    Wow?!
                    That is...truly....scary
                    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

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                    • #50
                      Any new opinions on the feed??

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                      • #51
                        Originally posted by diceuf View Post
                        Any new opinions on the feed??

                        This thread is 8 years old if you didn't look at the date/ year.

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                        • #52
                          So? It is appropriate to bump a thread to ask for updates instead of starting a new one.
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                          • #53
                            This thread is 8 years old if you didn't look at the date/ year.

                            It was also reactivated in 2013, and more recently, June 2016.

                            I'd much rather see a thread like this revived, then rehashed every year
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                            • #54
                              I know that. That's why I asked for NEW opinions.

                              Originally posted by tazycat View Post
                              This thread is 8 years old if you didn't look at the date/ year.

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                              • #55
                                Originally posted by diceuf View Post
                                I know that. That's why I asked for NEW opinions.
                                Hasn't changed obviously not getting new opinions. wouldnt touch that feed with a ten foot pole. Just like some of nutrenas feeds and purina feeds.

                                Edited to add. ....read link for feeding directions... the people who make this feed are idiots.
                                Last edited by tazycat; Jan. 13, 2017, 07:05 PM.

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                                • #56
                                  Sheesh, it's only been a day!

                                  The feeding directions have nothing to do with the quality of the people who designed it. It says to start at 4lb for a 1000lb horse and adjust accordingly, which is right in line with the majority of "normal" feeds out there.

                                  Now, the "testimonial" as to its safety with the horse who ate 3 bags of it, well, either they are lying (or misinformed) and he didn't actually eat ALL of that, or the horse is pretty lucky, as NO feed that is 24% NSC is safe to eat in that amount for any horse other than one who won the lottery that day. But that is not how you're supposed to feed it.

                                  There are plenty of reason to dislike it AND like it as a feed. I know a few horses who are doing well on it. I know many horses who are doing well on many other feeds. I know other horses who have done poorly on Thrive AND many other feeds INCLUDING one of the best out there, TC Sr.

                                  As a feed, there's nothing inherently wrong with it. There's a lot wrong with what it's claimed to be, it's not fortified, it's not balanced, there's nothing magical about the ingredients OR how they're processed, but there's also nothing wrong with the ingredients or how they're processed. There's nothing more wrong with this product than feeding corn, oats, and molasses (which is what you've stated you like to do) and there's a lot about it that's better than that. Stating that "healthy horses don't need supplements" tells me the owner is really clueless about what horses actually need and why, but again, that alone does not make this a bad product. Dale is utterly clueless about how the feral horse exists, stating there is no such thing as Cushing's or IR horses out there, and all but outright stating that captivity created those things. Uh-huh.

                                  If it works for you and your horse, go for it.
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                                  • #57
                                    Originally posted by tazycat View Post
                                    Hasn't changed obviously not getting new opinions. wouldnt touch that feed with a ten foot pole. Just like some of nutrenas feeds and purina feeds.

                                    Edited to add. ....read link for feeding directions... the people who make this feed are idiots.
                                    Pot meet kettle...
                                    "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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                                    • #58
                                      Anyone experience negative changes in transitioning your horse to Thrive?

                                      Website indicates changes can be seen one week to 21 days after beginning Thrive, but implies only positive changes. Previously fed Legends CarbCare Show/Pleasure.

                                      Large disclaimer first -- my observations could be totally unrelated to feeding Thrive feed, hence why I am seeking other's experiences.
                                      Not every horse may respond the same to every feed option.

                                      Still within first two weeks of feeding Thrive, and noticed sudden temperament change (increased irritability), drop in performance, energy, with dullness responsiveness in arena, with increased sensitivity to brushing. No lameness, no history of ulcer. No Lyme's history but a pasture mate was treated for Lyme in Sept.

                                      My question is -- anyone else experience such changes early on with this feed?

                                      Thanks!

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                                      • #59
                                        How much of each was fed?

                                        Thrive is about 24% NSC. It may contain ingredients your horse is sensitive/allergic to.
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                                        • #60
                                          I purchased a yearling in 2015 and when I got her put her on thrive. To me when I got her she was thin looking and needed some meet on her bones. I switched her to thrive as instructed, hay only for 24 hours then started feeding her. She looked better over time but she is still not plump but I don't want her fat and vet said her condition is good, although I would like to see her with more weight. I feed her about 3lbs each feeding (6lbs/day). Had my vet look at it and the fat content is low at 2.5% so I've added rice bran oil to her feed to help. I am not sure how 24% nsc was identified so I would be curious to know that as I couldn't see it or figure it out from the bag. I have called Dale Moulton a few times and he is very passionate about the feed and helpful. I will try to post a pic of my girl but I will say I don't view the feed as a miracle because while on it my girl developed ulcers which I'm in the process of treating her for. I was going to switch her off the thrive but didn't want to upset even more of her system by switching feed while trying to deal with her ulcers.

                                          I'm not convinced it's the thrive feed, but I don't want to ignore it and that is why I was curious where the 24% nsc came from as its higher than I would want her on. I have an 18 almost 19 yo on triple crown senior and was thinking of switching her to that but I'm afraid to switch her and make it worse but the nsc on tc senior is like 12% or 14% which is much better. She loves her feed now but I just want to make sure she gets better and the feed isn't contributing to her ulcer. She is boarded so the hay is not always the greatest quality so I buy my own to supplement it and she gets an alfalfa pellet lunch most days. She is not in a grass pasture and its not an option where I'm at so I know that isn't ideal either. TIA

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