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  • WHAT HERBS CAN I GROW IN THE HORSE PASTURE TO CALM THE HORSES
  • What home remedy can i give my horses for hooves

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    05-26-2013, 11:14 PM
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Weanling
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My mares hooves are as soft and brittle as can be and she often comes up lame from it. Is their anything that's healthy for her that I can feed to help strengthen the feet? Something CHEAP! Not something I have to pay a lot for or maybe its even in my pantry. Also, is their anything I can feed her to help the days she is in heat? I have heard of raspberry leaves but is their anything else so I have some options? One more thing, have you ever brought a new horse home or to a show and they are super nervous or scared? Is their anything I can put in their daily feed for a while that will help calm them down?

Thanks so much guys!
     
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    05-27-2013, 09:09 AM
  #2
Green Broke
1. What works for my horses hooves that has the vet and the Trimmers commenting (without prompting) how great all their hooves are:

Omega-3 Horseshine. Yes a bag is expensive but I feed it to three horses and 20 lbs lasts me five weeks. You can get it at Tractor Supply. They have their own knock-off brand for a lot less money but I won't use it; maybe there's no difference, maybe there is but I'm still not using it

Best natural horse supplement and treats with stabilized flax for joint, hoof and skin coat health

2. For a totally different reason, I put my A.D.D. TWH on AniMed's "Remission". It is mainly magnesium but does have probiotics in it.

To my great surprise, the Remission has really calmed him down. So-much-so that the Arab has, after 16 years together, finally let the A.D.D. Guy do the itchy thing once in awhile.

I feed it to two horses; I haven't dated a tub but I think 4 lbs lasts 4 - 5 weeks. I pay $23 at the feed store.

Remission is cheap and lasts a long time. I have found it at two hometown feed stores or you can order it on-line.

AniMed Remission - Horse.com

3. Also if you're feeding sweet feed, that's a great way to amp the horse up and maybe even make her heat cycle worse.

My A.D.D. Horse is also oat/corn/soy intolerant. Removing those things from his diet helped immensely but when I added the Remission, the change was phenominal. He's got allergies too. I haven't had to feed him his allergy herbs since I started him on the Remission

Hope this helps
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    05-27-2013, 10:00 AM
  #3
Started
Good hooves start with good nutrition. What are you feeding? What is the trimming schedule like?

I give my horses magnesium too. I cheaped way out there. I can order a 50 lb bag of magnesium oxide from a feed mill for under $20. At a teaspoon a day that will last the average horse a long time. I don't have any nervousness issues with my animals but 2 of the 3 are really easy keepers, ridiculously so. The third I'd call an easy keeper but she needs a bit more than the older 2 mares. Though never tested I'm certain my oldest, 38, does have blood sugar issues. The magnesium does seem to help. Since I know the soils in the area are notoriously low in magnesium the addition can't hurt.

Their diet is very high in roughage. Hay is just good, clean mixed grasses. Feed is a ration balancer with a very low NSC hay stretcher mixed in so they don't think I'm trying to starve them. The one that needs more gets a scoop of alfalfa pellets and a little rice bran mixed into her ration balancer.

This time of year they have grass. They live outside 24/7 year round with just a run in. Hay is free choice around the clock in winter. I do make them a warm mash of their feed mix and a little beet pulp in the winter when it drops to subzero for extended periods. Not sure if it does much for them but it makes me feel better.

My horses are barefoot. Their feet rock hard. The 38 yr old does have a little arthritis but it does work out. She can often be seen galloping across the pasture with her tail flagging so I see no reason to mess with what isn't broken. I've gotten a little stiff and fat over the years too but I'm not ready to call it quits.

Iron in your water? Iron is notorious for messing up feet.

Hoof supplement? Haven't used one since the 70's but I do know a lot of ladies who have luck with their own fingernails using cheap unflavored gelatin. Heard of people adding it to horse feed as well. Can't really hurt. No clue on how much you would have to feed for it to start working. I'm sure if you google it...

Change in diet, change in routine, expect a full year before total changes. Months before improvement.
     
    05-27-2013, 10:05 AM
  #4
Started
I don't know what the plant life is like in BC but here raspberries are a weed. Clear some woods and raspberries and close kin are among the first to recolonize. You could dry yourself a mighty load by taking a walk down a logging road.

I have an awful lot growing around the edges of my pasture. I've never seen the horses bother them. They were one of the first choices for the goats however.
     
    05-27-2013, 07:48 PM
  #5
Foal
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My mares hooves are as soft and brittle as can be and she often comes up lame from it. Is their anything that's healthy for her that I can feed to help strengthen the feet? Something CHEAP! Not something I have to pay a lot for or maybe its even in my pantry. Also, is their anything I can feed her to help the days she is in heat? I have heard of raspberry leaves but is their anything else so I have some options? One more thing, have you ever brought a new horse home or to a show and they are super nervous or scared? Is their anything I can put in their daily feed for a while that will help calm them down?

Thanks so much guys!
A really nice herb that I have used several times over is lemon balm also called lemon mint. I use it fresh. I grow it. A sprig or 2 with 7 to 10 leaves was all I needed for my Ginger to be melo. She loves it. It needs to be freeze dryed to be able to store it. I live in Oregon. We get lots of rain here so it grows well. It has a long growing season and comes back every year. Good for people too. Probably has some nutrional value. My girl friend uses a little bit of valarian root for her horses. She make a tea and pours it on the hay. I have no experience with that except my own use. You can grow valarian too. Some herbs are a no-no for horses. It is hard to get good information on herbs for horses. There is a 24 page booklet put of by a vet. I don't have her name handy. It is a good sourse. I found it at the library through ILL (Inner Library Loans)
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    05-27-2013, 07:52 PM
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A really nice herb for calming that I have used several times over is lemon balm also called lemon mint. I use it fresh. I grow it. A sprig or 2 with 7 to 10 leaves was all I needed for my Ginger to be melo. She loves it. It needs to be freeze dryed to be able to store it. I live in Oregon. We get lots of rain here so it grows well. It has a long growing season and comes back every year. Good for people too. Probably has some nutrional value. My girl friend uses a little bit of valarian root for her horses. She make a tea and pours it on the hay. I have no experience with that except my own use. You can grow valarian too. Some herbs are a no-no for horses. It is hard to get good information on herbs for horses. There is a 24 page booklet put of by a vet. I don't have her name handy. It is a good sourse. I found it at the library through ILL (Inner Library Loans)
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    05-31-2013, 10:34 PM
  #7
Weanling
Mares:
Feed 1/2cup or 1 cup of dried raspberry leaves daily, a month before spring, up till late summer/fall. You need to take them off raspberry leaves part of the year, and winter is the best time for that. Herbco.com is the cheapest place I've found. 1lb lasts about a month. It's very inexpensive and worth it.
Hooves:
Grab a spray bottle and fill it with iodine. (It degrades in sunlight, last I checked, so store it in a dark place). Spray the soles daily. (Try to avoid the frog and heels). Once a week (or after a trim), paint the soles with Venice Turpentine (buy online, or a lot of local tack stores have it, Blaine's Farm and Fleet included. Tractor Supply might as well). Just once or twice a week or it hardens the hooves too much. Pick the hooves daily. Hooves are usually healthiest when they're outside 24/7. In a stall the hooves are usually wetter and harbor more bacteria, which can soften the hoof.
Also, you ought to be feeding a supplement. The cheapest way is to just feed straight biotin. Smartpakequine.com has the cheapest biotin supplement that I've found. You need to make sure it is the correct strength. 20mg a dose is what you ought to be aiming for. I suppose you could also go and buy biotin pills for people and feed that. Just make sure to feed 20mg daily. It takes a month before you start seeing the effects, and about a year before the new growth comes in.
Realize that the hoof grows from the top down, and also realize that the hoof is like your hair: you can put products on it and get some results, but just because you start taking supplements doesn't mean your hair is going to suddenly become awesome. The hair you see is dead. You have to wait for the new hair to grow in before you see results. Same with the hoof.
     

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