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post #1 of 7 Old 04-26-2012, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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do you supplement a horse on pasture 24/7?

Horses look good, but how do you know if they are getting all the nutrients they need. In the cooler months of course they get grain and hay but unless we trailer out there only diet is grass. Riding 3-5 times a week for 3-7 miles. If so what do you recommend as a supplement? thanks..
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-26-2012, 08:41 AM
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You might consider a ration balancer if you feel your horses need something more... or talk to your vet or your farrier to see if there are any known deficiencies in your area and go from there.
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Take samples of your pasture to be tested if you want to know for sure. I don't know how it is where you live, but here we can take samples to the local agriculture extension service office and have it tested for free. When you get a report back then you can look for a supplement that will best fit your situation.

For me I got all my hay/pasture tested and adm grostrong is what I feed now. It supplements the nutrients that my pasture is missing so that now the horses have a balanced diet on just pasture with a mineral/vitamin supplement left out free choice.
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ITA with the above - even if/when they "look good" there can be things missing that could take them from looking good to looking great (or feeling great as you can't always *see* the effects of something that is missing) - testing is the way to go and then you can tailor your program from there.
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yep mine are both on grass 24/7 and both supplimented

One gets:
Salt (2 heaped Tablespoons)
Chelated Mag
Toxin Binder

Other gets:
Electrolytes daily (At advise of vet)
Chelated Mag
Toxin Binder

I have given a multi mix and have in the passed suppliment selnium... Mine get bloods done yearly to make sure they are all in balance
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ON testing the pasture - I would still get bloods as I have had two horse - same food, same pasture but one was low in sel and the other wasnt
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-27-2012, 05:08 AM
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While wild, unrestricted horses will conceivably get a balanced diet on forage alone, ranging over different soil types & a wide range of plants, domestic, fenced in horses grazing predominantly only grass(often little variety of that too)

As you will gather from above posts, depends on what's in their specific pasture as to what exactly may be deficient/imbalanced. Oversupply of minerals can be as unhealthy(in the case of selenium for eg, deadly) as deficiencies. Therefore at least a basic diet analysis is important in working out what specific horses need. Agree that pasture analysis &/or bloods give the only truly accurate measure, but if you can't do that or it's inappropriate, using a program such as the risk of sounding like a stuck record...) is a good idea & this is a great resource.
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