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post #1 of 11 Old 08-31-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Dry skin/oil

My filly was showing some signs of dry skin around her mane. I was wondering if I could add oil to her diet to help with that? And if so, what kind and how much?
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-31-2009, 04:39 PM
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You could add some flax to her diet. Start with a 1/4 cup once a day and slowly work up to 1/2 cup twice a day.

Have you checked for lice?
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No I haven't..but I will today.
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I had good luck with Flax, whole or milled. It has good levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which do the most for healthy skin. Veggie or Corn oil is high in Omega 6, which doens't help with skin much, and is already in most hay.
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Ok..two more questions so I'm hoping someone will browse through this post again.

1. Is Flax safe for pregnant mares?
2. Where do you buy your beet pulp and how much do you get and how much do you pay?

Thanks in advance!
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Beet pulp is used for weight gain. You can buy it in shreds or pellets from most feed stores.

Flax is safe for all horses.
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Try to get Beet Pulp that doesn't have molasses in it. Up here in Canada I haven't been able to find the shredded type in my area. I think it doesn't have the molasses.

For a 50 pound bag I was paying about $6.00-$8.00

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The thing about beet pulp is getting a horse to eat it. Most horses don't like it. Try rice brane oil, they like the taste and its good for there mane.

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Try to get Beet Pulp that doesn't have molasses in it. Up here in Canada I haven't been able to find the shredded type in my area. I think it doesn't have the molasses.

For a 50 pound bag I was paying about $6.00-$8.00
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The thing about beet pulp is getting a horse to eat it. Most horses don't like it. Try rice brane oil, they like the taste and its good for there mane.

I must have little piggies, all four of them love it!!! There will always be the exception, but you won't know till you try.....
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