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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Ration Balancer

I have an eight year old quarterhorse gelding that grazes 24/7 on pasture and hay in the spring, summer and fall.In the winter , he grazes on hay that consists of mostly alfalfa, clover,trefoil and about 10-15% timothy hay. I thought I would start him off slowly with a ration balancer to ensure that he is getting all of the vitamins, minerals. He is 14.3 and weighs appros.1,030 lbs. He is in good shape and is ridden mainly for pleasure about 3 times a week. What would you suggest would be a good ration balancer for me to choose for him? I live in Canada, so some brands may or may not be available to me. Thank you so much !

Nancy Doner

Re: Ration Balancer

Hi Nancy,

If you’re looking for a good multi vitamin/mineral supplement, I like Select I and Select II. Both are made by Richdel. Select I is for diets high in legume hays (alfalfa, clover), so I would suggest this one for your horse. It’s readily available on line. I do a lot of shopping at but there are others. Or, you may be able to get your local feed store to order it for you.

If you’d like to add this supplement to some feed, without feeding grain, I would suggest a rice bran top dressing such as Select Vita Bran (also by Richdel).

Hope this is helpful.

All the best,

Dr. Getty