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post #1 of 11 Old 08-25-2010, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Help...Questions about supplements

So I was told when I got my mare that it would be best if she was on some sort of joint supplement and horse guard. So i went and bought stuff ive used with some of my other horses in the past and Hope well not eat them. Ive tried two different kinds of grains and i was wondering what suggestions you guys could give me. I hate them going to waste and I really don't want to do joint injections. So please help anyway you can.

I had left over grain that was cob with molasses but I did'nt want her getting fat or hot on them so I switched to cob dry. Maybe should I get her on senior instead. I know in the winter she well need supplemented.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 12:35 PM
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Hi there!
Can you provide a little more info and then maybe we can help you?
How old is your mare, breed, history (like Arthritis?), what you use her for (trail riding, competition?), is she under weight, over weight etc...

I had an old mare with joint problems so I might be able to suggest some things - I just need a little more info

Sarah
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 12:45 PM
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horsetech.com will custom blend supplements with "flavors" in it for picky eaters. Also, smartpak has many pelleted supplements that are more palletable to most horses.
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 12:49 PM
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Majesty's Flex Wafers look pretty good and the reviews I've read on them all have good things to say. I haven't tried them on my horse yet, but am going to as soon as I bring him home and can monitor them myself. They come in treat form, so it's great for horses that get fed together in a pasture and like to play musical buckets.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 12:52 PM
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ooohh apparently I read wrong...you HAVE the supplements, she just won't eat them! lol!!!

okay then... a couple ideas...1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar mixed in with her feed - most horses LOVE it and it has great benefits (including helping ease joint problems) and it's strong enough that it can cover smells and tastes! ...and it's cheap to boot!! You should google it's benefits...

I also use bran to mix with supplements - and black oil sunflower seeds are good too. They both seem to be palatable to my horses.
Oh yah...pancake syrup that's a good one too!
Hope this helps!!
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 01:33 PM
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Couple spoons of molasses do magic (often).
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 02:13 PM
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Oh, applesauce works really well to get my horses to gulp down their supplements.

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The horse is a 10 year old thoughbred, she was raced as a three year old and was dead lame ( a injury or something). A trainer around my area rescued her and turned her out to pasture for 7 years and I was looking for a horse so I started working with her for a month and she showed no signs of lameness. So I took her home.The trainer said she was pasture sound and wouldn't know how she would do carrying a rider. Hope has been doing great and I only ride three days if that and no longer than a hour or so. I just want her to be able to preform at her best and feel good and not be in any discomfort.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 04:36 PM
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good for you for being so conscious of your horse's health!!
I am glad she is doing well! Do you know what her injury was when she was three? So are you asking for help on what to feed Hope as a healthy, working teenaged horse or do you need help supplementing her because she's showing signs of discomfort?
Please post a pic - I'd love to see her! Sarah
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-26-2010, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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I guess i was asking what people opinions are on getting her to eat the supplements. I am not sure what her injury was I well have to ask. I just want whats best for her and to make sure she stays comfortable. I well have to post a new thread with pictures of her for some reason my computer is a pain about pictures on horseforum
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