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Tribute Equine Nutrition Essential K Low-NSC Horse Feed

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Nourish your equine friend with superior-quality nutrition by feeding her Tribute Essential K Horse Feed! This pelleted horse feed is designed and approved by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionists to balance rations for idle, growing and performance horses. The low feeding rate also results in low non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), which may be beneficial for hyperactive horses or those with insulin resistance, laminitis, obesity or tying-up issues. These healthy horse pellets are also formulated with Equi-Ferm XL microencapsulated active dry yeast that acts as a prebiotic and probiotic to improve your pal’s overall gut health!

Key Benefits
  • A dense nutrient concentration and low-calorie pellet creates a low-cost method of supplying the most critical nutrients.
  • Low NSC may be beneficial for hyperactive or special needs horses, such as those with insulin resistance, laminitis, obesity or tying-up.
  • Fortified with biotin to support healthy hoof growth and strength.
  • Formulated with an optimal balance of essential amino acids, organic minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants to support dietary requirements and peak performance.
  • Pelleted feed intended for all classes of mature horses and is designed and approved by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionists with decades of experience.

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  • Item Number
  • Weight
    50.0 pounds
  • Brand
    Kalmbach Feeds Inc.
  • Food Form
  • Special Diet
    Low NSC
Nutritional Info

Dehulled Soybean Meal, Ground Extruded Whole Soybeans, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Wheat Middlings, Flaxseed, Dried Whey, Cane Molasses, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Soybean Oil, Lignin Sulfonate, Magnesium Oxide, L-Lysine, Methionine Hydroxy Analogue, L-Threonine, Salt, Potassium Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Biotin, Beta-Carotene, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source Of Vitamin K), Riboflavin, Esters Of L-Ascorbic Acid, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Selenium Yeast, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Calcium Citrate, Active Dry Yeast, Yeast Culture, Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Kelp Meal, Dried Bacillus Subtilus Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Lichenformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma Reesei Extract, Diatomaceous Earth, Bentonite, Sodium Bentonite, Propionic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product, And Natural And Artificial Flavor.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein28% min
Lysine 2.2% min
Methionine 0.6% min
Methionine + Cystine 1.0% min
Threonine 1.2% min
Crude Fat6% min
Crude Fiber6.5% max
Calcium2.5% min
Calcium3.5% max
Phosphorus 1.5% min
Salt 1.0% min
Salt 1.50% max
Copper 200 ppm
Zinc 400 ppm
Selenium 1.5 ppm
Vitamin A 30,000 IU/lb
Vitamin D 2,500 IU/lb
Vitamin E 500 IU/lb
Biotin 2.4 mg/lb
Magnesium0.4% min
Potassium1.5 % min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids3.0% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids0.4% min
Feeding Instructions
LifestageBody WeightEssential K Per Day
Open Mare1,100 lbs1 - 2 lbs
Pregnant Mare 1,100 lbs2.5 - 3 lbs
Nursing Mare: 1st 3 months1,100 lbs3 - 4 lbs
Nursing Mare: 2nd 3 months1,100 lbs2.5 - 3 lbs
Idle, Mature1,100 lbs1 - 2 lbs
Light 1,100 lbs2 - 2.5 lbs
Moderate1,100 lbs2.5 - 3 lbs
Heavy1,100 lbs3 - 3.5 lbs
Very Heavy1,100 lbs 3 - 3.5 lbs
Body WeightEssential K Per Day
300 lbs2 lbs
400 lbs2.5 lbs
500 lbs3 lbs
600 lbs3 lbs
700 lbs3 lbs
800 lbs3 lbs
900 lbs3 lbs

A Feed for Every Need

Tribute makes feeds and ration balancers with custom-tailored nutrition, for healthier horses and better performance with less feed and fewer supplements. From breeding formulas, to racing rations and senior feeds, their products help deliver results you can see.


Made with Care

Every bag of Tribute starts with only the finest ingredients and undergoes rigorous quality checks through every stage of production. All products are made using special proprietary processes in their state-of-the-art, ionophore-free facility. Because Tribute cares deeply about horses and would never leave safety or quality to chance.

Everything Your Horses Need

Tribute’s fixed formula blends are designed by Ph.D. equine nutritionists to deliver all the nutrition your horses need to thrive in a single bag. Whether you’re giving feed alone or supplementing a forage diet, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got your horses covered from head to tail.

Everything they need in a single bag

A Feed for Every Horse

From birth all the way to retirement, Tribute makes a horse feed for every need. Whether it’s breeding and growth nutrition, performance formulas or senior and special needs feeds, they’ve got premium equine nutrition in the bag! Tribute will see your horses happily through every stage of their life.

About Tribute Equine Nutrition

Family-owned for over 50 years, Tribute started with a passion for horses and continues today with a commitment to the best in equine nutrition and personal service. They make quality feeds and supplements for horses in all walks of life in their world-class manufacturing facility. Tribute cares deeply about horses and those who care for them.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for seniors

    By Cookie18 on Dec 27, 2020

    I have a 21 year old gelding whom I started to put on this ration balancer about 4-5 months ago. I have a friend out at my stables who recommended it to me. I can see a great difference between giving it to him. He has a softer coat, more energy than he used to, and he seems better off. I recommend this product.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Love Tribute!!

    By RVSG on Dec 9, 2019

    I was feeding essential K GCPLUS and couldn’t get it anymore from my feed store. So we switched to essential K, same feed without the joint trifecta. Love Chewy delivers right to my door and we LOVE Tribute products. My horses are healthy and happy. Low feeding ration, packed with nutrients. I’ve been feeding Tribute for many years. Haven’t looked back. Win win in my book. Highly recommend!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great supplement for easy keepers

    By evalarie77 on Nov 29, 2019

    I love this feed. I fed this before moving to an area that had no Tribute dealers, and am so happy Chewy has it. I love it for making sure my easy keeping mustang still gets adequate nutrients without the added fat you get in most grains.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Horse Feed!

    By Susan on Oct 10, 2019

    Great feed! Keeps your horses healthy. Shiny coat etc. just a fantastic feed! Also I live close to a feed store that sells this feed but I would rather buy all my feed from Chewy for the fact their wonderful,caring people and stand by the products they sell. Wonderful Company!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Essential K

    By Jenn on Jan 7, 2020

    Great feed. Too high prices compared to local stores. Thanks for having it available.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    great stuff!

    By Patcharoo on Jul 6, 2019

    I haven’t gotten this through Chewy yet, but I did want to leave a review for others considering. My easy keeper QH (with navicular) does great on this ration. He has even lost a little weight, which I was thrilled about, and the only chance has been switching to this feed. He is 21 and doing great!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    A favorite aready!

    By Kathie on Aug 21, 2019

    My mini horses absolutely love this feed! I only give small amounts because of their size, but they come running for it!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Feed for Easy Keeper

    By Jojo on Apr 21, 2019

    I was feeding 1lb of this feed as well as hay throughout the winter. Horse was skinnier than I liked, but I upped the grain to 1 1/2 - 1 3/4lb of feed, added 1 1/2 - 1 3/4lb of alfalfa pellets, and slightly upped hay and now he is fat and happy, even in consistent work. It is rewarding to know he is getting all the essential nutrients and has a beautiful summer coat on the way. This feed is more expensive through Chewy, but the autoship and fast delivery make it worth it.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Good balancer but horse would not eat

    By Andy on Apr 7, 2019

    Thought this would be a great balancer for my quarter horse (which it is) but after two days he stopped eating it. This horse is not picky. The feed has a very strong artificial apple flavoring/smell. I believe the flavoring was the issue because he then ate another feed with no problem. A Cosequin rep once told me some horses do not like artificial apple flavoring and I have read that elsewhere. Tribute makes wonderful feed but this didn't work for my horse. I gave it three stars for the quality, deducting two stars for the strong flavoring.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite horse frain

    By Katie on May 8, 2019

    This grain is cheaper for me to feed to my world champion dressage horse. I don’t have to give as much food so it last longer. I truly enjoy the nutrition it gives my horse and keeps him on a balanced diet, and keeps him on the right track for training.

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