My Paint gelding is 26 and I’ve had him on Blue Seal Sentinel Performance LS for five years. His teeth are still in pretty good shape. The Sentinel line is extruded so digestibility is the same for each formula. The LS has high fat and fiber and low carbs. He gets the nutrition he needs in a smaller serving than senior provides. I moved to a new barn 6 weeks ago and brought 3 bags which I was not about to leave at the prior barn. The new BO wanted to switch him to Purina Senior. When I compared both of Purina’s senior formulas with Blue Seal there were some nutritional differences. Nothing drastic but I decided to stick with the LS because I know what the ingredients are…
It bothered me that I could not find Purina’s ingredients on their website. Their explanation for a fixed formula is somewhat misleading. They say that horses need guaranteed nutrition but not guaranteed ingredients. They criticize “least cost” formulas because it involves shopping around for ingredients based on cost. Purina is similar but they shop around for ingredients for nutritional value. That’s not how I understand “fixed formulas.” Purina implies that nutrition varies between bags of other brands and can’t be guaranteed because the ingredients don’t change. The nutritional profile of both brands is close. Many nutrients have minimum values. Both companies guarantee nutrition. Some horses are sensitive to changes, some have allergies. The LS is consistent from bag to bag. Same ingredients, same nutritional profile guaranteed. If they change the recipe they change it on the bag and the website before they manufacture and sell it.
Blue Seal has been around for 150 years and is a New England company. I’m a New Englander, currently in Maine. Blue Seal is manufactured in Vermont, sometimes upstate New York. They have contracted to manufacture Triple Crown products a few times.
I never soaked his grain. He chews with his mouth open and looks around. Empties the tub, then nibbles every last nugget. He won’t leave the stall (pasture boarded) until he checks both sides of the sill. If he had to wait for me he licked the bottom surface of the stall grill. New BO wanted to soak it and add timothy pellets. That’s fine. They finally got it sloppy enough. He’s a licker and has a very weird routine that involves licking the grill, the stall wall, and the door while he laps up the goop. It looks like all the right hormones are running around and he is in heaven. The barn is impeccably clean except his stall with gobs of stuff building up. They don’t care, he is so entertaining it’s good for a few laughs.
He hates stalls, but he is in a 12x12 with a “gossip window” in the grill and a backdoor to a large run out. They never close the barn except for ridiculous weather. This barn is perfect for both of us. We love it for different reasons.