Grand Meadows Grand Premium Plus Review – Kristin and Cora
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As equestrians, we all know how deep the black hole of nutrition is when it comes to keeping our equine partners happy, healthy and fit. There are SO MANY feed, supplement and herbal options in the industry right now that supplement combinations can be overwhelming. I was so glad to test the Grand Meadows Grand Premium Plus for our new mare Cora.
Cora has been on a feeding schedule for years at the training barn she is boarded at. Since we purchased her in January, I did switch up her feed and supplements slightly from the old feeding schedule..
We switched her feed to a no soy diet in February along with extra Vitamin E, Raspberry Leaf and a Hindgut buffer supplement, and I started her on the Grand Meadows in March. The feed and new supplements did seem to make a slight difference with her attitude (she was not as moody and seemed to have a calmer disposition after the switch, but she is a mare and this could have been a hormonal/seasonal change as well) but we DID notice a difference in her skin and coat about 8 weeks into the Grand Meadows feeding.
In February before we started feeding the Grand Meadows her hair coat was slightly dull, she had long scraggly hairs and just looked “rough”. After about 6 weeks on the supplement so mid April, we did body clip her, as she was having issues letting go of some of her coat and she was in need of a clip for show season. Her hair coat and skin after 6-8 weeks on Grand Meadows is now SO HEALTHY. There is no dander, no more dry coat, and even her mane and tail is in very good condition. I know Rachel noticed a change in weight for Jax when she added the Grand Meadow, but on our end we did not notice any change in the weight or body condition for Cora. She is still fit and did not seem to gain or lose weight at all even going from winter to summer!
This all inclusive supplement is just what I have been looking for since Cora is a 5 year old OTTB, and not in need of a lot of targeted support for JUST her joints or JUST her hoof health. It covered all of our bases with all of the included ingredients plus some! Economically I have played around with different supplement options (such as SmartPak) and added 4 or 5 different things just to compare cost, and when added up her monthly cost for Joint, Hoof, Skin/Coat, and digestive supplements was going to be well over $100 per month.
The 20 pound tub that we received has 52 scoops in each container, and since she is only in light work as a lesson horse, we gave her 1/2 scoop per day. The included scoop was really sturdy, easy to measure, and convenient!
This gave us 104 days worth of supplement in a 20 pound tub.
At $246.95 per tub at 104 days = $2.37 per day which is VERY reasonable for such an inclusive and all around supplement.
Palatability wise Cora can be a little picky about taste, and some texture. So I was crossing my fingers that she would like the Grand Meadow’s blend with natural flavors and rolled oats. This supplement is a grainy consistency with rolled oats mixed in so it is a fairly loose granulated scoop of supplement. When added to her grain Cora ate with NO issues but she would leave about a third of the scoop given in her grain in her bucket, pick out the oats, leave the granules in her feeder and move over to her hay. I left her alone and usually within an hour she had gone back to the feeder and finished the “leftover” that she had.
I also gave a few scoops to Sam and Toby, Sam is NOT picky and Toby can be selective. They both ate the Grand Meadows with ZERO leftover. Toby did wiggle his lips at the supplement and licked around his lips before diving in. Sam did not hesitate at all. He actually was begging for more!