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The boarding stable I'm at has decided to feed Nutrena SafeChoice. They get a good quality grass hay daily along with turnout. I have a 3 yr. old Percheron and I was wondering if I should be supplementing with additional Vit.E and Selenium on top of the SafeChoice? I know SafeChoice has both of these listed as ingredients, but is this enough for my draft? We are considered a low-selenium-level area here in Ohio. This is what Nutrena has listed on their site for what's in SafeChoice:
Guaranteed Analysis (min. amounts except where noted)
Crude Protein 14.0%
Lysine 0.80%
Methionine 0.30%
Threonine min. 0.50%
Crude Fat 7.0%
Crude Fiber max. 15.0%
Calcium min. 0.90%-max. 1.20%
Phosphorus 0.75%
Copper 50 ppm
Zinc 160ppm
Selenium 0.6 ppm
Vitamin A 3,500IU/lb
Vitamin D 350 IU/lb
Vitamin E 100 IU/lb
Biotin .45mg/lb

Thank you for taking the time to help me. I just want to make sure that he's getting the levels of Vit.E and Selenium that he needs.

Where are you from? Ohio

How did you locate this forum? trolling around for info. on the internet

Re: supplements?

Hi Carrie,

The selenium level is fine -- 4 lbs of this feed has 1.09 mg of selenium. However, the same amount would only contain 400 IU of Vitamin E. So, supplement additional vitamin E to bring to level close to 2000 IU. I recommend E5000 or SuPer E8000 or SuPer E Natural. None of these contains selenium, just vitamin E.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO