Does Your Horse Need a Ration Balancer?

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, roaming around selecting the best forages they could find. However, today’s horses are typically limited to a single type of forage in one geographic area. Pastures in the same area or even different sections of the same pasture can have inconsistent nutrient values. Unfortified grains such as straight oats and corn can also have variable amounts of protein, minerals and vitamins. Hay, pasture and unfortified grains may be able to maintain a horse in adequate body condition but will be deficient in nutrients needed to support optimal muscle, hoof growth, skin, hair and overall health. Ration balancers can help your horses achieve the nutritional balance they once derived naturally.

Who needs a ration balancer?

Easy keepers who maintain body weight and condition on hay or pasture alone, or are not able to eat the minimum recommended amount of another feed without gaining unwanted weight.

Young, growing horses who may require concentrated nutrition to support growth and development with fewer calories when slower growth rate or reduced body condition is recommended.

Stallions & early gestation mares that may need a more concentrated source of nutrition. Also appropriate for working horses who may need protein, vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Why Choose Purina® Enrich Plus® Ration Balancer?

Enrich Plus® is a concentrated, pelleted ration balancing horse feed designed to be fed as a horse’s sole ration, along with quality hay or pasture. It’s concentrated formula with low 1-2 pound feeding rate fills protein, vitamin and mineral gaps in forage, without unnecessary calories. Enrich Plus® Ration Balancer is also a low sugar, low starch formula containing no grains.

Why 32% Protein in Enrich Plus® Ration Balancer?

Because of the low 1-2 lb feeding rate, protein and other nutrients must make up a larger percentage of Enrich Plus® Ration Balancing Feed to help ensure your horse is getting enough nutrition. One pound of Enrich Plus® Ration Balancing Feed provides 145 g of protein, roughly equal to the 136 g of protein in 3 lbs. of a traditional 10% pelleted feed. In free-choice grazing situations, horses can become overweight or even obese.

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Why Choose Purina® Omega Match® Ration Balancer?

Purina® Omega Match® is a ration balancer with ingredients and benefits inspired by feeding fresh pasture, but without the drawbacks of too many calories or soluble carbohydrates. The limited-ingredient formula addresses common sensitivities while meeting the horse’s nutrient requirements and providing essential omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants naturally found in green grass. Purina® Omega Match® Ration Balancer provides a way to fill in nutritional gaps and is a great way to provide horses the nutrition they need, no matter their forage source.

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Each horse is unique. Set your horses up for success with the proper feed and put them on their own path to greatness.  

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