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So I was wondering... Can I basically mix up my own feed? The feed mills ...
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    Rice Bran, BOSS, Alfalfa Pellets oh my!

    So I was wondering...

    Can I basically mix up my own feed? The feed mills around here are a pain to deal with. They will decide to just close whenever they please also close at the slightest sign of snow it seems.

    I was thinking of mixing up my own mix using Max-E-Glow, BOSS, and alfalfa pellets. Would this be an ok mix? I can get the MaxEglow and the BOSS from work at my employee discount, and the pellets I can get from TSC. Is there a supplement I should add in?
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    That's pretty darn close to what I feed so I hope it's a good mix...o.O Interested in seeing the replies though.
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    You've got three different calorie sources (two fats, one fiber) and no balanced nutrition.

    Yes you can 'make' your own feeds, but you have to have a good solid nutritional base and build it from there. Nutrition first, calories second.

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    Ok so what can I use for nutrition?
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    That largely depends on what you have available locally (or if you might have to actually order something). As well as the overall/total diet (including forage) and workload in some cases.

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    I make my own mix. I have the people at horsetech.com custom blend me a complete vitamin/mineral supplement with added amino acids in their flax base. It costs me $0.85 per-day, per-horse (1 cup serving size, I buy 40 lbs at a time). I mix it with Alfalfa pellets and either water or apple cider vinegar to make it all stick. I also feed locally grown bermuda/local grass mixed hay, free choice.

    Since going on this natural, forage based diet, my horses' coats, feet, mane, and tail have all improved. My hard keeper gets VERY little food and stays a good weight. I see less thrush and rain rot (thanks in part to the vinegar I think, 1/2 cup daily). My "boys" stay "cleaner". My mare's heats are less "crazy" and all of the horses have a better work ethic. I'll never go back to prepared feeds or grains again!

    Here's the mix I have done up from Horse Tech, in 2 oz of their NutraFlax base, for 4oz serving size.

    Per-Serving:
    Vitamin A 25,000 IU
    Vitamin E 1,500 IU
    Vitamin C 1,500 mg
    Biotin 10 mg
    Thiamine, B1 30 mg
    Riboflavin, B2 40 mg
    Pyridoxine, B6 35 mg
    Vitamin B12 300 mcg
    Niacin, B3 90 mg
    Pantothenic Acid, B5 35 mg
    Folic Acid, B9 25 mg
    Iodine (I) 0.63 mg
    Iron (Fe) 250 mg
    Copper (Cu) 50 mg
    Manganese (Mn) 200 mg
    Zinc (Zn) 300 mg
    Selenium (Se) 2 mg
    Cobalt (Co) 2 mg
    Magnesium (Mg) 3,000 mg
    Potassium (K) 750 mg
    DL-Methionine 1,750 mg
    L-Lysine 3,515 mg
    L-Threonine 1,250 mg

    I have high levels of Magnesium for my mare (IR and bad heats) and I have Selenium and Copper because our local soil is deficient in both. It's a custom blend, so there's no name. You can email them with the levels you want and the amount of flax you want per-serving (would take the place of BOSS and MaxeGlo) and they'll give you a price-break down for 20lb bucket, 40 lb sack, and bulk purchases (120 lbs or more).

    All of their prices include shipping, which is a BIG savings as those supplement containers can cost a lot to ship...

    If you want something "off the rack" I can recommend GrandVite and Nutri-Plus++. I had good like with both before going with my own mix. GrandVite is sold at a lot of stores. NutriPlus++ is only from the manufacturer online (or local stores). I only fed the 1oz serving of the NutriPlus++.
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    You sure can, but as Dawn pointed out you need to cover nutrition then calories.

    I would also suggest you not literally MIX your own feed -- but rather make it up of your desired ingredients in their optimal amounts on a meal by meal basis. The composition of the products you're using are varied and as such you won't be able to get a really GOOD mix of them all together that will give the horse the desired amount of each. Instead I'd keep each in it's own container and mix as you go.

    If you need them premixed you can always store each as a bulk ingredient separately and then simply mix a meals worth in large ziplocs or resealable dishes for ease at feeding time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVOO View Post
    You sure can, but as Dawn pointed out you need to cover nutrition then calories.

    I would also suggest you not literally MIX your own feed -- but rather make it up of your desired ingredients in their optimal amounts on a meal by meal basis. The composition of the products you're using are varied and as such you won't be able to get a really GOOD mix of them all together that will give the horse the desired amount of each. Instead I'd keep each in it's own container and mix as you go.

    If you need them premixed you can always store each as a bulk ingredient separately and then simply mix a meals worth in large ziplocs or resealable dishes for ease at feeding time.
    Oh no, I never mix my stuff before hand. Everything is kept seperate.
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    Start with a ration balancer and build from there

    Kent's Horsego32, Enrich32, Triple Crown 30%, Progressive Pro Advantage Grass Formula

    then add your other stuff

    I would start with adding
    beet pulp
    alfalfa pellets
    rice bran

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    Agree with the others about the RB as a base for nutrition. You might find that the RB is enough. I feed my 12 year old gelding one pound of RB a day and hay, that's it. He is too fat as usual.

    My other gelding gets the RB and oats.

    I also add magox, selinium and Vit.E as my own 'mix'.

    You have got to consider nutritioin first and then add from there as needed.
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