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The following link is from Moorman's feeds. They are also associated with Alliance Equine. At the bottom of the page is multiple links to other articles. The information is fairly comprehensive, including hay evaluations, grain evaluations, vitamins/minerals and the inclusion of fat and yeast...
The Equine Digestive System
The Equine Digestive System
I thought this was a really good article about what exactly rice bran is and does...
One thing to note is that Rice Bran and Flax are high in Phosphorous. If you plan on feeding them in a serious quantity, you need to make sure that you are balancing the Calcium.
I thought this was a neat article, particularly when the information was combined with some of the things I picked up from reading the previous articles...
Equine Feeding Myths
I was looking for info on Flax...There seems to be some debate as to whether flax oil is as good as flax seed and accidentally stumbled onto this company's website. It looks like they have high quality supplements and a nice selection of flax-based supplements. They have a simple stabilized ground flax called Nutra-Flax as well as another flax and yeast supplement called Radiance-High Energy Concentrate that I am thinking about ordering.
Here's the thing...I really prefer to keep my horses on as natural to them diet as possible. I don't really mind mixing individual feeds-beet pulp, oats and additional supplements as necessary. Like people, I think horses benefit from 'whole foods' as it is much easier for the body to digest (if your picking the appropriate feed). However, finding and being able to keep everything on hand, while being cost effective is daunting and getting more and more difficult.
I have long considered moving over to a pre-mixed complete feed. There are a ton on the market these days for pretty much any type of feeding program you can imagine. The one thing that keeps me from having already doing this is the fact that most of these feeds main ingredients are listed as 'by-products'. We are trusting a lot to these feed companies, when we allow them to simply list 'Grain By-Products' on a label as a primary ingredient.
Realistically speaking, I realize there are numerous by-products from the milling process that are very nutritious...oat hulls, soybean hulls, wheat middlings, rice bran, etc...So when a feed is made by a highly recognizable nationally known company, like Purina, Nutrena or Moorman's/Alliance and a few others, it's pretty safe to assume that they are going to be using high quality by-products. I just wished they would spell it out a little bit better on their labeling.
Also, I don't know about you guys, but the average cost of the High-Performance type of feeds that I need for my horses (when I'm using them) is a little over $20/50lb. If I'm feeding a horse even the mid-range required ration, I'm looking at $150/per horse/per month.
I'm going to have to do some cost analysis to figure out if I even come close to that when feeding individual grains and supplements.
Something that needs to be remembered about those pre-packaged complete feeds though...Unless you are feeding at least the minimum required ration, your horse is not going to get the complete nutrition/benefit of the feed.
Happy reading everyone.