Feeding the “Hard Keeper”

The primary reason I started “Jim the Feed Guy” is that in every horse group I was a member of there were many people asking for help to add weight to a “hard keeper”. In less than ten minutes there were 326 comments all advocating throwing more fat and calories at the horse. Dozens of people proclaiming “miracles” seen from their favorite fat supplement and Read more…

The Many Uses of Ration Balancer

Ration balancers are one of the three classes of commercial horse feeds along with concentrated and complete.  Ration balancers are the most flexible of the three but cause a great deal of confusion among users because it is misunderstood so let’s see if we can’t clear up some of the myths and mystery of ration balancers. As the name suggests a ration balancer is designed Read more…

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The Truth Behind “Guaranteed NSC”

Because of the increase in diagnosed cases of metabolic conditions in horses NSC has taken center stage in marketing departments.  What is NSC and what role does it play are questions for their own posts since it’s a fairly complex subject.  This article will remain focused on what to look for when finding the right feed for a metabolic horse. Just about every major feed Read more…

Does Chromium in Feed Help IR Horses?

There art 9 million domestic horses in the United States and the competition for the many dollars available to support those animals is fierce. ┬áThere are hundreds if not thousands of feed companies all competing for those dollars and it is a challenge to compete with the two largest kids on the block so creative marketing is an effective and legitimate tool in tapping into Read more…