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post #1 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Do you feed Minerals

I have heard that minerals are important to good horse health - do you feed and have you had good results?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 03:33 AM
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My ponies have free choice access to a mineral block. And honestly, I see no difference in them, but there feed was examined and arranged by my vet/nutritionist in conjunction with my mum so I know its providing them with what they need.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 06:36 AM
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I feed Equilibrium .
Equilibrium Mineral Mix - Premium Equine Supplements - Vitamins, Minerals and Salt Supplement for Your Horse

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 07:48 AM
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Loose minerals? No. Free choice blocks? Yes.

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post #5 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 10:36 AM
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Free choice blocks are best, that way they can eat them when they need to(helps to prevent them from overeating them and retaining water)
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 10:52 AM
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I also feed trace mineral salt blocks at free choice. I used to give them the kind with molasses mixed into it, but they went through those too fast--in a day or two.

Kubie gets a joint supplement which has helped him significantly. It has some minerals mixed in with it, but not much. I try to buy good quality feed, so I know that they are getting the nutrition that they need.

All of my horses get about 1/4 cup of soy oil mixed with their grain. It's not really a mineral per say, but it helps keep them shiny. It also prevents Kubie's powder joint supplement from blowing away in the wind.

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 11:16 AM
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I feed a ration balancer (purina equalizer) and it works great. It was recommended by my vet and we have had great results. It's pelletted and you feed 200grams in the feed.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 02:17 PM
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I add min/vit mix to the feed during the winter (as I give very little amount of pellets).
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 03:42 PM
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I have had great success with free choice minerals enabling each of my horses to eat the amount they need. I like red cal which are organic minerals - I use a simple mineral feeder in the pasture since it is free choice - don't have to mix and measure - I'm amazed at the ease and results.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-04-2010, 04:35 PM
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The girls just get a nice hunk of mineral block.

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