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    03-28-2012, 10:28 AM
Let's Talk Performance Horse Health. Advice...tips....What Do You Do?

Theres been alot of great threads on here lately but I just wanted to start a new thread slightly different and more in depth.

We have training and tack threads...however all the training in the world won't fix a sore or unhealthy horse. This thread will be for members to share what they do to keep their equine athletes in too shape and healthy, as well as feed...supplements...care on the road etc AND to ask questions.
Let's keep this thread constructive.

Typically I feed Ultium and a 14% sweet feed mixed together I just straight 14% sweet. I used to feed Strategy HE but after several impaction cases I talked to the vet and was informed that sweet feed was easier to digest and mess likely to cause impaction.( Sweet feed is high in sugar/starch and not recommended for starch sensitive horses)
I also feed a probiotic/enzyme/overall health booster Platinum
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I believe that one of the most important things in a horses diet is forage. Grass, hay etc. A horse should consume 20% of it body weight per day in forage

Every 2 month I dose my horses with 1 1/2 cups of Metamucil for 7 days to get sand and anything else out of their gut. Helps with weight and all over :) .

To me horses hooves are THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to take care of. It's the foundation. Improperly shod or trimmed hooves can cause excess strain on internal structures of the foot which can lead to navicular, sidebone, etc etc as well as cause excess strain on tendons, ligaments, muscles. If your horses angles are off it can cause the whole horse to be out of sync. I always always always X-ray my horses hooves for the farrier so he knows precisely how to trim and shoe

Alot of people don't realize that teeth can be a huge issue on the pattern and off. Weight loss, turning issues etc can come from jagged or hooked teeth. I always get my horses teeth checked and done if needed every 6 months.
In my colts I make sure to have wolf teeth pulled

Joint care
I'm a huge believer in keeping a horse sound and comfortable. IME 90% of issues on the pattern stem from a site of uncomfortable horse. I get a basic lameness evaluation done in my barrel horses every 6 months if I'm hauling hard to see if injections are needed or an adjustment from a chiropractor. I also try to GameReady my barrel horses once a month.
Another thing I'm going to start to start doing is send them to a aqua tread during the break to really get them in shape and relieve the tension build up in their muscles. I believe it's 550 for one month done 5 times a week.

After a hard workout or ride I cold hose legs and apply liniment. MAKE SURE you wash it off before you ride again. I don't do this after every ride but if I really work them I do.
I only wrap legs for aing if I'm traveling over 3 hours. DON'T JUST USE POLOS. A no bow wrap or quilt bandages under polos is what to use. I also haul with Soft Rides.

When I'm on the road I dose with mint Mylanta to reduce stomach upset or Prescision Omaprezole paste. If I'm at a 3 day show I do it once daily to prevent ulcers and gas colic.

Horses are animals and can get burnt out. IMO its important to let them enjoy being a horse. Give them turnout time....take them on trailrides etc.

Really pay attention to your horse and know when he's off or uncomfortable.
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    03-29-2012, 02:52 AM
I have never really had a lameness problem with my own horses besides very very mild soreness.

For feed they get grass hay as well as pasture grass, for supplements (They vary, but generally...) they are on Omolene, Strategy, Trifecta, and Biotin. Occasionally some herbs and Selena gets Mare Magic and a Selenium supplement. They always have access to a salt/mineral block.

I always always ALWAYS wrap all four legs with support boots and if I even think about turning a barrel I put bell boots on. If I'm plodding along I do not put hinds on but always at least fronts. I spend a lot of time warming up slowly and cooling out slowly, letting them sit under the cooler sheets until dry. I only hose legs if I think the horse might have been worked harder than normal.

On the road travel, they get a sheet with four shipping boots, the neck hood, breakaway halter and a neoprene head guard. Like you, 1Red, I use Mylanta if I'm hauling a long distance.

As for hooves, they are on a schedule that if not met they will not get hard work. Rebel only needs trimmed a couple times a year (He has freak hooves) but Selena goes every 8 weeks trimmed and all four shoes put on. Ruger the same.

I always have a hanging bag on my trailer with various supplements. Banamine, Bute, Wormer, Oils, Calmers, Electrolyte powders etc. Anything I can think of. On top of this I have hot and cool packs for the legs if I was to need them.
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    03-29-2012, 04:41 PM
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    03-31-2012, 12:42 AM
This is really helpful
    03-31-2012, 08:55 PM
Great post, 1RedHorse!

Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
I always have a hanging bag on my trailer with various supplements. Banamine, Bute, Wormer, Oils, Calmers, Electrolyte powders etc. Anything I can think of. On top of this I have hot and cool packs for the legs if I was to need them.
I just want to add that we always travel with a Horse First Aid Kit, in case anyone gets an injury while traveling or while at some show grounds. Things like VetWrap, gauze, tape, anti-bacterials or ointments, thermometer, Banamine, cold packs (the type you snap or expose to air to activate), and duct tape . Anything you'd need to bandage up a wound, even if it is just for a day trip.
    03-31-2012, 09:09 PM
Every 2 month I dose my horses with 1 1/2 cups of Metamucil for 7 days to get sand and anything else out of their gut. Helps with weight and all over :)
Is this like SandClear? But...cheaper?

I'm not into heavy hauling like some people. My hauls are under an hour so I don't wrap legs or give anything for stomach when hauling. I've never had an issue...yet.

Hooves are trimmed every 8 weeks. I don't have any horses that are shod.

Teeth are looked at every year by our vet. Floated when needed.

What kind of liniment do you use 1RedHorse? Do you put it on after competing?

I wrap legs in polo's at home when working. Most of my work is flat/trail riding. I don't run at home because I don't have an arena to work in. I could rotill the ground but that would take away my pasture. I'll tear up around the barrels if I'm looking at doing anything faster then a canter.

Chilly is my only horse of mine that gets Selenium & Vita E, Regenex and Biotin along with her grain.
    04-01-2012, 01:39 PM
Yep! Once they're flushed horses tend to gain weight easier too.

I use Sore No More.

I'm not a huge "booter". If I'm doing slow work on the pattern or dry work I just use bells bc the tendons etc get strengthened and don't rely on a support boot. If I'm doing alot of turning stopping etc work I do boot.
    04-06-2012, 10:02 PM
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Love this Hope!!

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