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    05-15-2013, 03:27 PM
He is getting two flakes in the morning (or so im told) , beet pulp and grain in the afternoon (around 3pm) then two flakes of hay around 4-5pm (sometimes if he's in his stall and has nothing to eat and he's sifting through his bedding then I throw a flake in for him to munch on) I give him an apple or two a day, two carrots and some peppermints. That's the extent of his diet
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    05-15-2013, 03:30 PM
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How much beet pulp, and what kind/how much grain? Sorry to be asking so many questions but I really am trying to help you.

If you put a suppliment, alfalfa pellets, and a senior feed in a gallon baggie for your BO, do you think he/she would dump it in his feed bin instead of what he's being fed right now, or on top of it?
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    05-15-2013, 03:52 PM
6 quarts of beet pulp (soaked) and three quarts of pellets (I'm not sure of the brand but I can check when I get to the barn at 5:30 tonight and how you what it is)

They use one of those squared 3 quart feed scoopers to feed, so he gets '2scoops' of beet pulp and '1 scoop' of pellets
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    05-15-2013, 03:54 PM
If I got supplement for Simon the BO would put it on top of what he's getting (he does it for a couple other horses) I just don't know what to get that can help with what's going on with Simon , he has so many issues that I don't know where to start (supplement wise) and I don't have the money to go buy tons of supplements for his every ailment (there is FAR to many)
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    05-15-2013, 04:09 PM
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What ailments are those, exactly? Digestive problems? Ulcers? Artheritis? If we can know exactly whats wrong with him, we can probably suggest a good suppliment to you. There are many to choose from, and some are broad spectrum while others are more specific, such as for joint health, coat and skin health, hoof health, etc. I pay $30 per bag for my suppliment and I still haven't gotten through the first bag of it yet. I've been feeding it for a month now. You just have to find what works for you.

I hope your horse isn't getting a sweet feed, but I'm kind of expecting that he is.

What kind of feed stores are in your area, so that we know what we have to work with?
    05-15-2013, 04:16 PM
Simon has his terrible feet that you guys are aware of, he has sweet itch very badly especially in the summer (his coat is finally grown in from last summer, but he is itching his mane and tail BAD now), he's a roarer so badly that when he is just resting in the stall you can hear his roaring standing outside his stall, he gets eye infections but we havent had one lately (i think the fly mask he has now is working really well for him), his hocks click when he walks sometimes and when I try to pick up his back feet (though im not sure what that could be)

Im probably missing something but that's all I can think of for right now
    05-15-2013, 04:17 PM
He is colic prone and he is not on sweet feed. He was on it maybe two years ago but not since then.
    05-15-2013, 04:42 PM
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If he is roaring that badly, I'd be questioning his quality of life honestly.

Most of those problems can't be fixed with suppliments, although keeping him on a low sugar diet MIGHT help with gnat and such somewhat, if that is the cause of the sweet itch. Buying him a fly sheet to wear that covers his neck and tail, and adding apple cider vinigar to his diet might help also. If he has a food allergy or sensativity causing it though, you'd just have to experiement to find what was wrong. Do you put anything on his sores/rash to make him more comfortable? We've only had one case of sweet itch on our farm before, and it was due to the gnats. We were told to apply baby oil to the base of his mane and tail, and to cover him with a fly sheet. We were also told to apply an anti-itch cream to his bad spots, and to use baby pwder.

The hock clicking could be from many different things. It could be nothing, or it could be artheritis setting in. How old is he?

I've never used this, but a lot of people on HF use MSM suppliments. Maybe that wold work for your boy? Its an all-around suppliment that helps with joints, respiration, and skin problems according to the website.

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    05-15-2013, 04:52 PM
Simon is 10

The sweet itch is from the gnats/no-see-ums, I found the fly sheet that I want to get him. Its a kensington (stongest one I could find) for 85$ so I am going to get that ASAP.

He gets a vinegar/listerine bath twice a week to help with the flies and I fly spray him every day (stupid florida summers :/ )

I also give him a bath probably once every three to four weeks with medicated shampoo and I use medicated Selsun Blue on his mane and tail and I really scrub it in. I put MTG on his mane and tail maybe two or three times a week to help with the sweet itch and dry flakey skin.

I have heard a lot about the MSM supplement so I think I might start him on that and some alfalfa pellets..?
    05-15-2013, 04:53 PM
Not much hoof wall to nail to, so I would say he did an okay job. After those grow out some more he can work on the underrun heels, but see how the shoe is wider than the heel ? That should help the heel expand and contract.
I would try to keep that horse on 6 week schedule if its feasible, and he is a pretty boy, and he will be very pretty filled out. I would try to get him on a hoof supplement and a hoof oil/cream . Good luck !

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