Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I wouldn't feed my horse gelatin. It comes from horse hooves, and a bunch of other processed crap. o_O A good hoof strengthener/supplement is Horseshoer's Secret. But really, if you look for something with a lot of Biotin in it, you're good to go.
If you don't want to shoe her, perhaps look into a barefoot trimmer who will work with you to strengthen her hooves and provide her with the best and quickest way to good healthy bare feet.
I have no idea about the weeds, perhaps just pull them out from the roots? I'd be leery of weedkillers and things of that nature, you don't want your horse eating it. But if you pull it out from the roots, it shouldn't be able to grow back.
I don't know of any fly spray recipes, but I've heard of feeding apple cider vinegar as a feed-through fly repellent. I've also heard of feeding garlic, but I'd advise doing a bit of research before going that route. There are some unofficial "studies" that garlic will make a horse anemic if it's fed over a long period of time. It's never been proven, it's only been proven with certain types of onions, but since onions and garlic are related, they kind of assumed garlic would do the same thing. However, my vet has never heard of garlic causing problems or anemia, and there are still no "official" studies. He just said some people think it works and others don't.
I do feed corn oil, but just a little bit. It helps keep the skin and coat healthy and shiny. You can also add a cup or so to assist in weight gain.
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