Curious if anyone has tried or has feedback on purina omega match. I was told that it's not a typical ration balancer. Being lower in protein than a regular RB but the feed rate is 2lbs per day. It's timothy based. Seems like a really great product but it's $46 for a 40lb bag. I'm feeding it to 4 horses. I feed about 16lbs of cube it alfalfa cubes a day plus unlimited bermuda hay throughout the day. I like the low feed rate and the ingredients but I'm still not convinced this will sustain my horses or be more cost effective. It has a generous amount of vitamin E as well and of course has the outlast in it as well. I'm not usually a ration balancer person but according to the purina reps that came out to my barn this product would be all I needed. My biggest thing was saving some money but I'm not sure this is it. It'll be roughly $300 a month just for this feed. Not including my forage.
In theory, the concept is fine. There is a lot of confusion about just what a ration balancer is or what it is supposed to do. Almost all of them are soy based for a high protein level to support low quality roughage. If your hay or pasture only provides 6% protein, and your horse need 11%, you need to find it somewhere else. That is usually what a ration balancer is for. The product in question better fits as a grain reducer, and eliminates soy, both of which are a good idea. The only question that I have is this. If your roughage quality is good, why add ground timothy as the largest included ingredient in an added feed product? It would be much cheaper to eliminate that and add long stem timothy if you feel that you need it. I would also question the ground oats as the number three ingredient. I would assume that they are there to fill the bag up, and to get you to feed more pounds per day.
Bottom line for me would be that you could make a different choice if your hay was pretty good rather than feed a product that was mostly made up of ground timothy. The rest of the formulation looks OK.
My horses won't bother with eating timothy hay. They leave it, stand on it, use it for a restroom. But they will eat timothy pellets if I offer it. I "think" they suggested the omega match because of my alfalfa cubes being majority of the forage source. Just guessing. Looking for reviews I came across a lot of people saying their horses lost topline and condition on this and that's a huge red flag for me. Especially being $46 a bag I don't feel that it should need to be supplemented to keep from losing condition or energy which happens to one of mine particularly on the wrong feed. They say that feeding 2lbs of omega match is equivalent to a horse being on a pasture for 4 hours.
I think it's a really awesome product, especially if your horse is allergic to common feed ingredients. Unfortunately my horse that is like that wouldn't eat this feed. Ugh. If you're looking for a really good but inexpensive ration balancer, see if there's a Woody's distributor in your area. It comes out to $15-$20 per month per horse.
cavyrunsbarrels - 2022-07-31 7:17 PM
I wish I could get woodys! Unfortunately there isn't a dealer anywhere remotely close by.
want2chase3 - 2022-08-01 10:01 AM
Ah darn! Well going back to the Omega Match I definitely wouldn't hesitate to try it. I do like that it's the only feed I've ever seen where you don't have to supplement extra omega 3's or vitamin e for horses that don't have access to fresh grass, so it does save time and money in that respect.
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