A couple of months ago I started changing Brevan over to a new feed, which seems to tick more boxes for me than the Keyflow feed did. I am now feeding Brevan and Nas Pure Feeds. Brevan is on Pure Working, and Nas is on Pure Fibre Balance. I am liking the fact that these feeds are molasses, alfalfa and cereal free, and that they are complete feeds including the fibre element, so that means I don’t need to buy chaff as well as a mix.
Pure Feeds claim that their feed that is “convenient, cost-effective and contains all the ingredients your horse needs for a healthy, happy life. The feeds are formulated by equine nutritionists and made only with natural ingredients, Pure Feeds are palatable and high quality. ” Well, I’ll certainly agree that the feed is palatable, both ponies lick their bowls clean every time.
The Fibre Balance that Nas is on is packed with fibre and a more concentrated ration of their balancer. This makes it an ideal feed for good doers. It gives your horse all the vitamins and minerals they need plus fibre (grass chaff, oat straw chaff and unmolassed sugarbeet) to promote gut health. But it is low calorie, so perfect for horses that do not need a lot extra, put weight on easily or are fizzy. Being low in sugar and starch, it is suitable for laminitics and horses with Cushing’s or gastric ulcers. Having the chaff and balancer in one bag, does make it very convenient, both for buying and feeding. Because it is served in smaller quantities, one bag lasts a long time making it excellent value. Nas is on literally a double handful per feed, so a bag should last about a month or so.
Pure Working that Brevan is on is similar to Nas’s Pure Fibre, in that it’s a complete feed including fibre. “Pure Working is ideally formulated for horses in regular work such as taking part in riding club activities and competing. It is also good for horses with laminitis or Cushing’s who need to gain weight in a safe way. It is low in sugar and starch but contains a higher energy and protein ration. In addition, you will find it a great feed if your horse is at rest or in light work but needs to put some weight on.” The main energy sources in this feed include rapeseed oil and unmolassed sugar beet pulp, so there should be no concerns about fizziness. These provide slow-release energy which gives controlled performance. As well as helping to avoid fizzy or excitable behaviour, Pure Working contains their high-quality balancer, which means that this one feed contains everything your horse nutritionally requires. This includes vitamins and minerals, plus amino acids which helps with topline and muscle development.
At the moment, I’m still trying to work out if this is more cost effective than what I was feeding previously. I think it is, as it works out at the same price per month as the mix I was on, so I’m saving myself the price of a bag of chaff each month. It may not be much, but every penny counts.
Both ponies are looking very well at the moment on this feed, if anything they’re looking a bit too well considering the dry summer we’ve had.
All in all, I think I’ve finally found the feed I’ve been after for a long time. It definitely ticks all my boxes of what I want in a feed. Long may it continue.