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  • What supplements can i get my 13 yro qh mare on

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    03-24-2014, 11:00 AM
  #31
Weanling
You can make like hay cube wet mash and add the ground flax seed into it - she will love you for that :)
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    03-24-2014, 11:03 AM
  #32
Yearling
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<======= ground flax seed (coffee grinders are like $10+), start slow - VERY good fat for her.. they love the taste too
Shoot things at me. I'm going to take notes and do some research. She colics so easy I'm really nervous about a lot of change and I have to move really slow.
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    03-24-2014, 11:08 AM
  #33
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Originally Posted by Aesthetic    
Shoot things at me. I'm going to take notes and do some research. She colics so easy I'm really nervous about a lot of change and I have to move really slow.

<====== Okay then that sounds like I am going to repeat myself - talk to your vet about this - it seems that she has multiple things going on and her entire health background needs to be addressed properly. I have never heard of any horse collicking from ground flax seed but like with any dietary change you need to take caution when introducing new feed / supplement and knowing your mare is sensitive you just take it very slow :)
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    03-24-2014, 11:12 AM
  #34
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Originally Posted by MyBrandy    
<====== Okay then that sounds like I am going to repeat myself - talk to your vet about this - it seems that she has multiple things going on and her entire health background needs to be addressed properly. I have never heard of any horse collicking from ground flax seed but like with any dietary change you need to take caution when introducing new feed / supplement and knowing your mare is sensitive you just take it very slow :)
She has coliced at hay changes. We've never changed feed so I don't know how she will react to this. I'm going to go slow, I'm just doing research on feeds, supplements, and fattening items.
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    03-24-2014, 11:55 AM
  #35
Green Broke
You mentioned she is on sand? If she is on sand AND has had colic issues could be she needs to be cleaned out because she may have sand in her gut.

Alfalfa (hay) cubes are bought by the 50 pound bag. They are really high in feed value so you don't need to feed more than a couple of pounds per day with free choice hay.

You can also add corn oil to her feed (a cup a day) as it adds calories and is very cheap. You will need to supplement it with a supplement high in Vitamin A and E since corn oil can interfere with the absorption of those vitamins.
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    03-24-2014, 11:57 AM
  #36
Started
Take a manure sample in to the vet and have them check it. That way you will know what parasites she has and what deworming product to use.
     
    03-24-2014, 12:06 PM
  #37
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Elana    
You mentioned she is on sand? If she is on sand AND has had colic issues could be she needs to be cleaned out because she may have sand in her gut.

Alfalfa (hay) cubes are bought by the 50 pound bag. They are really high in feed value so you don't need to feed more than a couple of pounds per day with free choice hay.

You can also add corn oil to her feed (a cup a day) as it adds calories and is very cheap. You will need to supplement it with a supplement high in Vitamin A and E since corn oil can interfere with the absorption of those vitamins.
<======= I second the alfalfa cubes as I give this to my guys in winter (soaked) and it really is great for gaining weight- I do oppose corn oil as it doesn't have correct Omega3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio - ground flax or flax seed oil is next thing best to fresh pasture
     
    03-24-2014, 12:22 PM
  #38
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Elana    
You mentioned she is on sand? If she is on sand AND has had colic issues could be she needs to be cleaned out because she may have sand in her gut.

Alfalfa (hay) cubes are bought by the 50 pound bag. They are really high in feed value so you don't need to feed more than a couple of pounds per day with free choice hay.

You can also add corn oil to her feed (a cup a day) as it adds calories and is very cheap. You will need to supplement it with a supplement high in Vitamin A and E since corn oil can interfere with the absorption of those vitamins.
We are getting her lameness exam in April. After that exam we are going to set a date to check for ulcers and any issues caused by sand. Her basic exam is when she goes in for lameness so she will have her manure checked for worms and sand.
Alfalfa hasn't been in good supply here so I need to look for it. My faith in alfalfa cubes needs to be restored. I've bought several bags that ended up moldy but that's most likely the stores fault. It's been a year or two since I've got alfalfa. Alright, I'll read up on corn oil with horses. I'm making myself a nice list.
     
    03-24-2014, 12:24 PM
  #39
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Aesthetic, for some reason I remember you living near-ish to me in Texas? Maybe that was someone else.

If you do though, or even if you don't, do you have a tractor supply? They sell alfalfa pellets/cubes by Standlee or Stockman (standlee is cheaper/better quality IMO) in 40 lb bags. Alfalfa is VERY expensive for a bale in my area too ($18+ for a 50 lb bale) but Standlee has kept their price at $13.99 for a while in my area and there is a guarenteed nutritional level in the pellets. Feeding even 3-4 lbs a day can be very beneficial, especially if your mare has ulcers because it works as a buffer. My filly couldn't comfortably eat grain without some alfalfa pellets too because of a sensitive tummy.
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    03-24-2014, 12:28 PM
  #40
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
Aesthetic, for some reason I remember you living near-ish to me in Texas? Maybe that was someone else.

If you do though, or even if you don't, do you have a tractor supply? They sell alfalfa pellets/cubes by Standlee or Stockman (standlee is cheaper/better quality IMO) in 40 lb bags. Alfalfa is VERY expensive for a bale in my area too ($18+ for a 50 lb bale) but Standlee has kept their price at $13.99 for a while in my area and there is a guarenteed nutritional level in the pellets. Feeding even 3-4 lbs a day can be very beneficial, especially if your mare has ulcers because it works as a buffer. My filly couldn't comfortably eat grain without some alfalfa pellets too because of a sensitive tummy.
I live about an hour from Houston so it's possible. We just had a tractor supply open so yes I can go check! Standlee brand is cheaper? I'll get a friend who works there to check and tell me what the prices are. I haven't tried alfalfa cubes in a while.
     

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