What is a ration balancer and where can you find one?

Discussion in 'Ask The (wannabe) Vets & Farriers' started by Peggy Sue, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. Peggy Sue

    Peggy Sue New Member

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    Part of my passion O0

    What is a Ration Balancer?

    They are generally forage-based, no grain pellets that are low in NSC and therefore safe to feed to horses that might be at risk for colic, laminitis, ulcers and other chronci digestive upset problems. They are nutrient dense and generally higher in most nutrients than most conventional feeds. But, they are more than just a vit/min supplement. They offer things like amino acids and prebiotics that are helpful in the digestion/utilization of other nutrients. They also generally contain some caloric value...around 1300 cal/lb....nearly that of some sweet feeds...but, of course, much less is fed.

    Ration balancers are also more geared to complement your hay/pasture. Conventional feeds are generally formulated to the old NRC guidelines that provide RDAs that are not meant to sustain health and function, but rather to sustain life....IOW enough nutrients are provided to keep the horse from developing nutritional deficiencies that would ultimately result in death. However, ration balancers are formulated to provide more optimal nutrition...even for working horses and most companies have two formulations that complement either grass hays or alfalfa based diets. You will also note that the biggest difference between these formulations is the amount of protein provided (generally 20-30% for grass and 10% for alfalfa)....these numbers are more in keeping with the new NRC guidelines that recognize that we are not supplying enough protein in our horses diets. This combination of increased protein levels and complementary amino acids that are necessary to utilize the protein shows up on the outside in improved hoof, coat and skin quality....likewise there is improved interior health as well.

    While being the ideal feed for easy and normal keepers, ration balancers also are easily complement with rice bran, BOSS, alfalfa pellets/cubs and beet pulp to provide extra calories for harder keepers. The improtant factor is that while you can control caloric intake, you are not altering nutritient intake like you would with conventional feeds. For example if you have an easy keeper and a hard keeper...convention feeding programs would most likely mean that you would limit feed intake for the easy keeper and increase it for the hard keeper...but at the same time, you are also altering nutrient intake in the same manner. Many times, it is this alteration in nutrient uptake that causes a horse to be an abnormal keeper...especially when it comes to hard keepers.

    Ration balancers are also economical. Depending on what you feed as your conventional program, it can cost up to 2x as much per bag. However, you will probably feed at least 1/2 to much less than you have been feeding...thus making it no more...and most likely less to feed. Additionally, from my experience with ration balancers....you will also find that most or all of your supplements will no longer be necessary because the ration balancer contains many of the same things or more than what those supplements do....generally, there are no "gaps" to fill like there is with some conventional feeds.


    Who make them and where do I find them at??

    Buckeye Gro N WIn or ALf Gro N Win
    http://www.buckeyenutrition.com/dealers.html

    Tribute feeds Essential K
    http://www.kalmbachfeeds.com/Dealers.php?zipcode=16143

    Front Runner 30% or 10% Supplment
    http://www.frontrunnerhorse.com/

    McCauley's M30
    http://www.mccauleybros.com/contact/dealer_locator.cfm

    Kent Horsego12 or Horsego32
    http://www.kentequine.com/Results.aspx

    LMF SuperSupplement
    http://lmffeeds.com/cart/index.php?m...products_id=10

    Pennifield All Phase
    http://www.pennfield.com/equinefeed/phaseFeeds.cfm

    Progressive Pro Advantage grass or alfalfa formula
    http://prognutrition.com/DealerLocator.htm

    Purina Enrich32 or Enrich12
    http://horse.purinamills.com/dealerlocator/

    Seminal Equalizer
    http://www.seminolefeed.com/ProductS.../Equalizer.mht

    Triple Crown TC12% or TC30% supplement
    http://www.triplecrownfeed.com/distributors.php


    Brookes Feed All Phase
    http://www.brooksfeeds.com/product04a.html

    ADM Allaince Nutrition Gro STrong
    http://www.admani.com/AllianceEquine...lsVitamins.htm

    TDI-30
    http://www.tdihorsefeeds.com/product.asp#TDI-30

    Kalmbach Feeds http://www.kalmbachfeeds.com/Dealers.php
    32% Horse Supplement Pels
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  2. heypony

    heypony New Member

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    "horses that might be at risk for colic, laminitis, ulcers and other chronci digestive upset problems"

    These are risks that can happen to any horse are they not. ;)
     

  3. Joie

    Joie New Member

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    Perhaps she should have said "at HIGHER risk" for colic, laminitis, etc...

    I am using the Kent HorseGo 32 and so far I LOVE it. SO much easier than having to add some of this and some of that. I bought a scale, I weighed everything, and I am spending much less time and energy with feeding every day. Bogie and my new rescue mare the only ones getting any additional caloric supplementation right now, because Bogie's starting to look like a bag of bones to me and the mare is pathetic. They get plain oats plus beet pulp plus their Corta-Flx and BL Pellets.

    We'll see how it goes. I'll keep you all posted.
     
  4. Peggy Sue

    Peggy Sue New Member

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    Thanks Joie!!

    HeyPony honestly after the research I have done... I honestly believe after the hay this should be the FIRST thing you add then if need be add more calories in one form or another ... you would be amazed at how little it takes to send one into any of the above mentioned problems..
     
  5. heypony

    heypony New Member

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    I couldnt resist. I have fed Gro N Win for many years.
     
  6. Joie

    Joie New Member

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    You are evil, woman, evil! >:D
     
  7. Peggy Sue

    Peggy Sue New Member

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    :stpk foff


    LOL