I found the coolest thing this week and want to share!
I have two horses with dramatically different feed needs. One is an older pony with heaves and the beginning signs of Cushings that is fed a huge amount of food in relation to her size. The other is a 1300 pound draft cross who stays fat on air. I've struggled on how to keep weight on the one and get nutrients in the other without making him puff up like a marshmellow in the microwave.
I mentioned this to the girl at the counter at Southern States and she handed me the number of their feed consultant. Turns out that Southern States has 150 employees trained in horse nutrition. You can call them anytime and they will help you develop a good feeding program. What a wonderful resource!
I gave her a call and about five minutes later got a call back. After a 45 minute chat I found that the feeding program I was using was spot on. So... I didn't get a new feeding system but I do feel much better that I am doing the right thing. Worth every dollar of the free service!