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post #1 of 8 Old 01-11-2013, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Clovite vs. Calf Manna

I looking for peoples opinion on these supplements.... What would you feed an 8 month pregnant mare clovite or calf manna? Which would you feed after the foal is born?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-11-2013, 12:12 PM
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It would depend upon what else she is getting. How much and what type of hay and concentrates will help determine if she even needs a supplement. Clovite and CM are apples and oranges. One is a vitamin supplement and the other is mostly a protein supplement.
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Neither, they are balanced for cattle. Good hay with a daily flake of alfalfa. You need to be mindful of not overloading the kidneys or that she doesn't pass on a mineral imbalance to her foal.
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Not familiar with Clovite but have fed Calf manna to all ages. Showhorses to orphan foal & they have done well on it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-11-2013, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Neither, they are balanced for cattle.
You should research before making blanket statements. Both are used just fine for horses. We've fed them for years. Even to *gasp* pregnant mares!

Clovite -

Clovite Pfizer Animal Health (Supplements - Vitamin Mineral)

Calf manna -

Calf-Manna, A Multi-Species Performance Supplement | Manna Pro
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It would depend on what your end goal is. I've heard lots of people having success feeding Calf Manna to horses to help them put on weight. I hadn't heard of Clovite before, but it doesn't seem like it would be particularly helpful unless you just need a Vit A supplement. Vitamins D & B12 are on the label, too, but your horse should be able to produce enough of those from sunlight & bacteria in the digestive tract already.

If she's not on some kind of ration balancer or fortified grain already, she would probably benefit from having one added in.
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I did do research and both Clovite and Calf Manna can be used for horses it says it right on the bag! My sister used to feed Clovite to her foals and they turned out just fine. As far who uses what I was just curious. My mare is on hay and grain. She has a mineral and salt block availabe also. I just don't think our hay is giving her enough protein that's why I was thinking about feeding Calf Manna. She also doesn't have the greatest hooves in the world, and I have read that Clovite is used to improve hoof health. I didn't really want to feed both because I don't want to over load her. Thanks for everyone who responded.
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Originally Posted by mls
You should research before making blanket statements. Both are used just fine for horses. We've fed them for years. Even to *gasp* pregnant mares!

FYI, in Saddlebag’s defense, Calf Manna has been around a loooong time, just like Clovite. Probably longer actually.
It was originally intended for bovines only and was always thought of and used as such. Some of us have been around horses way before some members here on HF were even born.
Not everyone has kept up with the history of how this supplement has evolved and changed over the recent years. (Recent in terms of how long it has been around.)

I have used Calf Manna over the years for many types of critters and still us it today. However, it is good to know what the other supplements, feeds, and forages are bringing to the table.
For example, I live in an area with high levels of iron in both the soils and water, and found that using Calf Manna for my horse was contributing to some hoof issues as excessive iron can inhibit the uptake of other very important minerals so I took my horse off of it and put him on something different.
....Just some food for thought.
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