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Nutrena SafeChoice Special Care Horse Feed, 50 lb.

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Nutrena SafeChoice Special Care is a low, controlled starch feed formula for horses with metabolic concerns, easy-keepers, miniatures and ponies.

  • Contains lower levels of starch and sugar than SafeChoice Original; SafeChoice Special Care is specially designed to address concerns about metabolic issues related to starch intake
  • Makes buying feed easy, and feeding convenient; it's scientifically balanced to meet the nutritional requirements of the following: maintenance, horses with metabolic concerns, easy-keepers, miniatures and ponies
  • It's nutrition you can rely on as every bag of SafeChoice Special Care contains calorie-rich fats from vegetable oil, guaranteed amino acid levels to support muscle development and maintenance, plus added prebiotics and probiotics to aid in nutrient digestion
  • Helps your horse make the most of every feeding; SafeChoice Special Care is pelleted to reduce sorting and enhance digestibility of the nutrients critical to a horse's health and performance
  • Balanced energy feed formulated without corn or corn co-products
  • Organic Trace minerals for immune support, increased bioavailability and improved skin, hair and hoof quality
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein: 14.0%
Lysine: 0.80%
Methionine: 0.30%
Threonine: 0.50%
Crude Fat: 7.0%
Crude Fiber: (max.) 15.0%
Dietary Starch: (max.) 11.0%
Sugar: (max.) 4.0%
Calcium: 0.90 - 1.20%
Phosphorus: 0.70%
Copper: 50 ppm
Zinc: 160 ppm
Selenium: 0.60 ppm
Vitamin A: 3,000 IU/lb
Vitamin D: 350 IU/lb
Vitamin E: 100 IU/lb
Biotin: 0.45 mg/lb

Feeding Directions:
Maintenance Horses: 0.20 lb. to 0.50 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight
Pregnant Mares, first two trimesters of gestation: 0.20 lb. to 0.50 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight
Pregnant Mares, last trimester of gestation: 0.50 lb. to 0.75 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight
Lactating Mares, early lactation (foaling to 3 months): 1.00 lb. to 1.50 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight
Lactating Mares, late lactation (3 months to weaning): 0.75 lb. to 1.00 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight
Performance Horses, light exercise: 0.50 lb. to 0.75 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight
Growing Horses, foals: Creep Feed
Growing Horses, weanlings: 1.50 lb. to 2.00 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight
Growing Horses, yearlings: 0.75 lb. to 1.50 lb. of feed per 100 lb. of bodyweight

Specification Description
Animal Type: Horse
Life Stage: Any
Package Size: 50 lb.
Brand: Nutrena SafeChoice
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Manufacturer Part Number 94510
Nutrena SafeChoice Special Care Horse Feed, 50 lb. is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 435.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great horse feed! My horse has been on this feed for several years and he looks great! I have to limit his sugar intake and he's done really well on Special Care.
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I buy this for my easy keepers, but I can't always get it locally. Our Rural King doesn't always have it.
Date published: 2019-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Feed, agrees with our horses I have been feeding Special Choice for over a year now and its the perfect feed for our two mares. Both of our mares are easy keepers, one is a performance/show horse. I love the low starch feature, easy on the stomach.
Date published: 2019-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pony Choice Our Ponies were plagued with grass founder in the spring and fall. This feed was so helpful for our sugar sensitive ponies.
Date published: 2019-05-22
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I have a 210lb mini recovering from right dorsal colitis. Currently on 2lbs Nutrena senior, 1lb of alfalfa pellets, 1 hr of pasture and about 6 oz hay plus gut helpers. He is getting fat. How much roughage does he need if we switch to Special care?

Asked by: Sherri Ky
Hello, Thank you for the question. All horses (regardless of size) should receive 1.5-2% of their bodyweight per day in roughage - so for your miniature horse, he should get 3-4 lbs of hay/pasture/alfalfa pellets per day. Please note that the recommended feeding rate is lower for the SafeChoice Special Care than the Senior, so you may want to start by simply switching to the Special Care and having that lower intake be the only change you need to make. The recommended amount per day of Special Care for a 210 lb mini is 0.5-1 lb per day. We would suggest starting at that 1 lb per day rate, and hold him there for a while, along with the current pasture time and alfalfa pellets. Give him 4-6 weeks to see if you are starting to achieve the desired drop in body weight. If he's starting to lose weight, than stay at that feeding program rate until he reaches the proper body condition. If not, you could then also remove or cut the alfalfa pellets as a next step.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-06-26

How many Calories per pound is this product?

Asked by: PonyLoverz
Hello, Thanks for the question. The SafeChoice Special Care contains approximately 1273 kcal/lb of feed. If you have any further questions, please let us know!
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2018-03-05

We have 2 horses that gain weight on very little feed. One experienced an acute founder several years ago. We currently feed Wellsolve. Is this Safe Choice Special Care similar to WellSolve? Thank you!

Asked by: sleepy21
Hello, Thanks for the question. Yes, our SafeChoice Special Care would a similar type of product for your horse. However, another option we would recommend for you as well is our Empower Topline Balance. It is a ration balancer, and is specifically designed to be fed at a very low rate (just 1 to 2 lbs per day per horse) and provide the protein, vitamins, and minerals a horse needs, without the level of calories that a more traditional horse feed like SafeChoice Special Care or WellSolve will - both of those products need to be fed at 4-6 lbs per day per horse to provide the nutrients a horse requires. It is also very low in starch and sugar - so the total intake of those at the low feeding rate is much lower, which is particularly good for your horse that has foundered in the past.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2018-11-14

Is this feed safe for goats to eat?  They eat with the horses.  My pony gets laminitis. 

Asked by: Zippydoo
Hello, Thank you for the question. We do not recommend feeding any horse feed to goats - the mineral concentrations will be incorrect for them, and may cause harm over time. We would suggest figuring out how to restrain or keep the goat separate during feeding time for your pony, or find a goat or All Stock feed labelled for goats that you could provide to the goat at the same time as you feed the pony, to keep the goat occupied.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-02-06

why feed safe choice special care to pregnant mares?

Asked by: jeff81
Hello, Thanks for the question. The SafeChoice Special Care can be fed to pregnant mares who may need a lower calorie, lower starch and sugar product due to other dietary requirements due to health history. It can meet those requirements, while also satisfying the nutritional demands of gestation and lactation, when fed according to directions.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27

What is the Ingredients list for this? Does it have molasses? Looking for a feed without molasses for my older miniature horse, and the safe choice senior has that in it.

Asked by: Animalcrackeracres
Hello, Thank you for the question. Yes, the SafehChoice Special Care has molasses in it. However, it's at a very low rate only for flavoring. When considering molasses as an ingredient for horses, keep in mind that molasses itself is not the issue - instead, focus on the overall amount of sugar in the product. The amount of sugar from the molasses (which is what molasses actually gets in trouble for) is accounted for in the dietary sugar number that is listed on the guaranteed analysis. SafeChoice Senior has 6.0% dietary sugar, and SafeChoice Special Care has 4.0% dietary sugar. More standard horse feeds typically run in the 8-11% sugar range. We hope this information is helpful. If you have further questions, please let us know! The Nutrena Team
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-04-24

Is this a grain free item we have a foundered horse 

Asked by: Karenkay
Hello, Thanks for the question. SafeChoice Special Care is corn free, but not grain free. With a foundered horse, what you really should be looking at is the starch level intake (regardless of what ingredients the starch comes from). Two good options are SafeChoice Special Care, if your horse needs calories to maintain weight (i.e. requires 3 or more pounds of feed per day in addition to hay to maintain weight), or if your horse is an easier keeper (requires less than 3 pounds of feed per day in addition to hay to maintain weight), then the Empower Topline Balance is ideal - it's a lower starch AND lower feeding rate product, so the total intake of starch is the lowest possible.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2017-07-18

What is the percentage of NSCH (Non-structural carbohydrates)?

Asked by: Dreamwalker_ks
Hello, Thank you for the question. NSC is equal to the sum of dietary starch and sugar, which are the two values that are listed on the tag of all our products. In the case of SafeChoice Special Care, the total NSC is 15%, which is broken down into 11% dietary starch and 4% sugar. Thank you!
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-02-07
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