Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
im a huge huge fan of using complete supplements and basing a good diet around that and plenty of roughage eg; hay, grass etc. 3 of my horses were all in terrible condition when I got them but they have come up well and quite quickly with a good complete supplement, plenty of hay/grass and a simple hard feed which now consists of beet pulp, cracked lupins, lucerne chaffe, millrun and senior pellets. The senior pellets are more effective than the normal pellets for weight gain.
Im not disagreeing with anyone when I say this but IME the complete supplements are not only cheaper in the long run but I also know that they are getting exactly what they need. They tend to sweat out what they don't need I've noticed which is usually not much. I use a supplement that costs $80 for a 22kg bag which lasts 4 horses 3 months. That's not really that expensive at all especially if you only have the one horse.
You can attribute everything from dull coats, poor feet and a number of other things to lacking minerals and vitamins which is more than common especially in cases where the horse obviously hasnt been getting enough of anything.
Different people do have different ways though and at the end of the day the person needs to find what works for them.
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"