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post #1 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Conditioner and Supplement

In your opinion, what do you think is the best conditioner and supplement? I've been doing some research and found showbloom! and Calf Manna but that's about it. Has anyone tried either of these products and can give me some feedback before I purchase anything?
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 11:33 AM
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What are you trying to accomplish with the supplement?
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to improve overall performance, shiney coat, healthy hooves. I'm just getting started and I'm trying to get a good grip on the products that are out on the market. I'm fairly new so I'm hoping for some good feedback.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 11:52 AM
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Well, first you need to start with hay and feed. I like mine on free choice grass hay/pasture and ADM's StaySTRONG Mineral Pellets (1-2 lbs a day only). These two things combined gives my horses all of the vit/min/protein they need for their base nutrition. To that I add Cocosoya oil for coat/hooves and Alfalfa pellets for protein/muscle/energy. I have a couple with weak hooves that I give Source FOCUS HF to. It really helps speed hoof growth.

I like to "piece meal" my horses' diet so I can adjust as needed. All 6 of the horses in my care need something a little different to maintain peak condition and health.

If you want just one product for everything, I would look at Platinum Performance supplements. They're pricey, but you have everything covered. You can feed your horse just grass hay/pasture and a little feed or hay pellets to mix in the supplement.
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If you already feed your horse a fortified feed that he/she is doing well on, then you can add something like Glanzen 3 for hoof, coat, and attitude. This is a flax based supplement with added Biotin and other vitamins. Horsetech.com will also custom blend a supplement for you with only what you need in it. They do not charge extra for custom blends, and their prices include shipping.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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My uncle used Calf Manna for a long time and said it was above average. I've heard of Platinum Performance before and will probably be looking in to purchasing now with your feedback. I was reading about showbloom! after finding it on google, have you heard anything about it?
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 01:17 PM
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Calf Manna is just a protein supplement. It doesn't provide much of any other vitamins or minerals. Alfalfa hay or pellets would be a better protein supplement for horses as it is high in amino acids and nutrients.

Showbloom looks interesting, but I have not heard of it before.

Some others that I have either used or heard good results from other people:
Daily Omegas Plus - Multi-Purpose Supplements from SmartPak Equine - Similar to Platinum Performance
Total Control - Multi-Purpose Supplements from SmartPak Equine
Grand Vite from SmartPak Equine - I have used this one with good results.
LinPro from SmartPak Equine
Omega Horseshine from SmartPak Equine
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-29-2010, 03:34 PM
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For healthy hooves my farrier & vet both recommended
Farrier's Formula. Its pelleted & I add it to their
grain or just give it as a treat. It has improved their
coats and after two months you can tell a big
difference in their hooves. The new growth looks so good.
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