- Best Trait = Great value!
- Worst Trait = no added vitamin E
Consider this product if…
- You would like to provide a trace mineral supplement over a ration balancer because you know that your forage is providing plenty of protein.
- You have an overweight/obese horse or generally easy keeper and do not need to add calories into their diet.
- You want to provide one simple, well rounded vitamin-mineral product to keep the diet simple.
Why Review this Product?
No matter where you are in the United States, it is very rare, if not completely impossible, to find hay or pasture that meets all of the vitamin and mineral needs of horses. This is especially true for the essential trace minerals selenium, zinc and copper. *Note that there are places in the U.S. with high levels of selenium and selenium accumulating plants. Therefore, it is paramount that horse owners provide sources of these trace minerals in some form; fortified feeds, ration balancers, pelleted supplements, loose/granular supplements, or lick tubs. Of these forms, the pelleted or granular vitamin-mineral supplement is probably the most common. The Cal Trace, Vermont Blend, MVP Mega-Cell and Platinum Performance Equine are all good examples of this category. Let’s compare their advantages and disadvantages.
The Actual Review in 5 Parts
Company Information & Communication
I realize it’s a bit silly, but one of my favorite things about their advertising is that they say “no inactive ingredients” rather than “no fillers”.
The feeding directions are sadly lacking. It simply says 2 oz for a 1,000 lb horse. There is no detailing for horses of various sizes, activity levels (though the product assumes the horse is in work), or life stage. I think that it’s only fair to horse owners that feeding directions be more complete as variations in horse need are infinite.
The ingredients shows organic minerals, selenium yeast, yeast products, and biotin- all ingredients that I like to see in a modern vitamin-mineral product. Similar to the Cal Trace Plus product recently reviewed, the ingredients include the three limiting amino acids lysine, methionine, and threonine and at roughly the same levels. Unlike the Cal Trace Plus, however, there is no added vitamin E. I give Vermont Blend Pro four stars for ingredients.
The Vermont Blend Pro label shows guarantees for the trace minerals zinc, copper, and selenium at great levels for horses in work when fed at 2 ounces per day.
This product is not only robust, but also has a great price point compared to its competition. A 7.5 lb bucket (closest to the 10lb bucket used in competitive product reviews) will offer 60- 2 ounce servings at $90. With free shipping, this gives you a daily cost of $1.50 per day. I still prefer the value of ration balancers over vitamin-mineral products like Vermont Blend Pro, because you’ll spend about the same for MUCH more value. Ration balancers will have more than double the amino acids, more vitamins, greater likely digestive aid inclusion, and major minerals too. But, if you’re certain that a vitamin-mineral supplement is right for you, then this is a great option.
I’m impressed with the Vermont Blend Pro and how it stacks up to its competition. I would not use it as my digestive aid if I felt like I really needed one, but the Yea-Sacc 1026 and BioMOS certainly don’t hurt the product and likely increase palatability.