Featured Nutrena - Safe Choice Feed

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  1. babyruth

    babyruth Senior Member+

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    Have any of you had any problems with it lately?

    We just swapped over to it a couple of months ago. At first the horses were eating it real good. Then we noticed some bags had some bird seed looking stuff in it and the horses didn't eat it as well. Well, last week we went and got a ton of it as usual. The horses will not eat it at all. We don't see any of the seed looking things, it doesn't smell bad - but they won't eat it. We opened several bags to see if it was just one or two bags that were bad - but not one horse will eat any of it.

    Dad called the Nutrena place and talked to a man there. He said that he had had other complaints of the bird seed. He said they had a new mill they were using in Louisiana and that they had already discussed that issue with them. He said it was weird that they wouldn't eat the new bags though. A few hours after that conversation, the guy called back and said a big farm down in Florida had called in to, also complaining that the horses would just not it the food and that they had been eating it fine. So they are sending in a truck from another mill with another ton and they are going to bring it to us and pick up the other bags.

    Have any of you, that feed Nutrena, had any problems?
     






  2. spyro1

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    Yes, I work at a feed store, and there has been problems with a few of Nutrena's products. dog food included. The problem lies within the mill, did they give you credit and come pick up the grain??? I would ask if it would be possible for you to get a shipment from a different mill if at all possible.
     
  3. Shotgun93

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    I have fed Nutrina four times in my life, and all four times, with four different types of feed, I have had problems. I don't like the feed, it's very inconsistant on quality, nutrition and even the contents.

    We just bought two bags of steamed oats and we got Nutrena b/c that's all the feed store had. It had maybe three pieces of actual steamed oats in every handful, the rest was regular oats, with corn and pieces of silage in it. I did not buy corn or silage, I bought oats, I was very unhappy.

    In the past, I have bought oats that should be plain oats, only to open it and find that it is full of corn. I once bought bags of sweet feed that were fresh of the delivery truck, that was full of mold. And the first time we bought some feed ( I can't remember what it was) it was full of paper, like a bag had gotten into their hopper and poured into the feed.

    And, I have a friend that is an equine nutritionist that did a research project on different feeds actual nutrient contents, and what they really are compared to what the bag said. They sampled a bunch of different feeds and tested them, all of them turned out to be fairly consistent, they seemed to match up to the analyis provided on the bag label, all of them but Nutrena. One feed that they tested was supposed to be 14% protien, but was actually more like 6%.

    I will never feed Nutrena again, I have had just too many problems with it.
     
  4. babyruth

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    Yes - they are sending in more feed from a mill in South Alabama and picking up the other.

    But if this is a familiar problem with this brand then maybe we should consider changing to something else. Any suggestions for a comparable alternative to the Safe Choice?
     
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    I do not use it because it is way overpriced. A friend of mine does, just this morning she was telling me that her 9 horses just totally stopped eating it. She took the remaining bags back to the local feed store and they said several people were having the same problem. They replaced it with what they called an equivalent feed. Compete. There load of feed had come from Louisianna. I use Nutrena Equine Senior and Triump pellets plus other things. One of my horses coliced like 10 times in the last 2 wks. He even spent 2 days and a night at the vets. I stopped feeding him the pellets and give him senior in small amounts 3 x day w/ration plus, and grand complete supplements and now he's fine. I thought I was going to lose him for sure, almost did a couple of times. Whew!!! I'm so glad he's better. BTW the vets couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. All bloodwork was good, and he acted fine but slow at the vets. I devised that feeding change myself.
     
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    The bird seed stuff is Milo. Nutrina LOVES using Milo. Unfortunately, my horse HATES the ingredients and HATES nutrina. he will starve himself to death than eat nutrina!!
     
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    I agree with others - it tends to be very different each time. I'll get two bags of the same stuff, and they'll be of different textures, mixes, et cetera. I don't like htem much anymore, and I tend to use OH Kruse or Purina.
     
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    I use Dynamite now, but I have never had a problem with Purina, I would go with that as an equivelent feed. It's pretty close to the same price, but better quality and consistant.
     
  9. Blistering Winds

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    If you can get Martindale feeds, I highly recommend them. The nutritionist isn't some cattle idiot who just throws a feed together for horses, or some over-zealous nutritionist trying to STAMP something as HIS and make it so different horses won't touch it.

    He is very picky about keeping things the same. And if our cost changes, we don't complain since we know the quality is there. Even down to the Horse and Mule Cheap feed I can count on consistancy!!!
     
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    To my knowledge, there is nothing comparable to the Safe Choice. It was developed for horses that are prone to laminitis. It is low in starch, high in protein. I know the vet at Equigen uses and highly reccommends Safe Choice to her clients.
    I have fed Nutrena for over a year now with no problems with any of my grains. My sister feeds the Life Design Compete, I feed the Senior and the Triumph 12% pellets. From what I understand from our Nutrena rep, they replaced something mechanical wise (not sure, I think it was one of their tanks) over in LA and there have been some problems. I do know Nutrena is very good about replacing anything that is not up to it's customer's standards though.:)
     






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