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  • Can you give joint combo hoof and coat to "pregnant "mares
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    05-09-2013, 10:48 AM
Multi supplement: Joint, hoof, hair

I am looking to put my shire mare on a supplement. As a heavy draft, a little help with her hooves can't hurt. She has healthy feet, no cracks, but she's heavy and therefore has a lot of weight on her hooves, so a little supplement could probably help.

Then we're wanting to work on hair length, in both her mane and tail, and feather. She has very thick hair, but it's not all that long and I'm wanting something that can help prevent breaking, in hopes of getting longer hair.

Then there's the major issue. She's a 7yo, and her front legs "crackel" as she walks, she has fluid movement, but her bloodline is known for knee issues, and she definitely has joints popping, so I'd like to see if a supplement could help her.

Of course, in my initial search for something, I quickly came across Joint Combo Hoof and Coat... problem is, I'm in Texas, and it is not available to be sold in Texas, I can't ship it to me, and stores can't sell it. I'm not sure why, but laws are laws, so I'm looking for an alternative. I don't mind mixing different supplements, but what ones would actually help my case? She doesn't need more oil in her diet, as she's got a nice glossy coat and is gaining weight, so I'm thinking Keratin would really be the ticket for both hoof and hair. But I'm really uneducated on supplements, so any advise would be great.

*Note* the mare is bred, so I'd need a supplement safe for pregnant mares.
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    05-09-2013, 10:57 AM
Do you give her grain? As boiten is the best for both mane and tails a long with hooves. Most grains do carry it. Its cheaper then most supplements and supplements that are like a 3 in 1 are not the best. Most joint supplements are not for pregnant mares. You also live in texes that makes it harder to get everything you want.
    05-09-2013, 11:03 AM
She is not fed grain, just happy out on pasture. Anything I give her will have to be baked into treat form. I was looking at Majesty wafers, the joint and the biotin ones, as they are pre-made treats, 1 treat/day on each is the recommendation, so it'd be quick to give, and a reward. But it does have a price tag to match, and I haven't seen the package to read details on pregnant mares.
    05-09-2013, 11:13 AM
I know of the treats. I heard some good and bad things about them. A few people said that the amount they put in the treats are not enough and are inconsistent with the ingredients. What I would do is ask your vet. He should tell you what ones that would be ok to use. Have you tried using Horse Supplements, Equestrian Clothing & Horse Tack - SmartPak Give them a call and they can tell you what you need as they have hundreds of supplements.
    05-11-2013, 07:56 AM
Hooves & hair & skin, are basically the same material & benefit from well balanced nutrition, same as the rest of the body. Knowing what's in the horse's diet is important to work out what may be required extra. Try

I'd tend to avoid grain, molasses, sugary feeds, but if it's only a very small quantity, then tends to be OK. Why do you want to bake whatever into a 'treat'? If it's about palatability without excess calories, there are some good low dose 'ration balancer' pellets available.
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    05-11-2013, 08:23 PM
I just started feeding ADM Ultra Fiber grain and I am amazed by the results! Alot of horse people don't wanna feed horses grain cause its not "natural".....This is a complete balanced forage replacer and I have seen improvements in coat, hooves, and behavior wince feeding this:) And it sounds like you need a joint supplement:)
    05-12-2013, 04:35 AM
^^What's not natural about grain? It's (generally) the indigestability of most grain, the high starch levels, and the lack of nutritional value that is my problem with it, as of most people I know who are cautious about feeding it.
    05-12-2013, 11:32 AM
It's not natural compared to horses in the wild which would have been the horses natural environment, I did not say I felt like this but I know plenty that do..... I have always fed my critters grain;)
    05-12-2013, 02:00 PM
Green Broke
I feed grain specifically because of its indigestability. COmbine that with chickens and NO poop to pick up.
Grass only isnt really the way to go, horses may get the required calories but generally it will be lacking in one or more nutrients.
Quite a few low starch, low calorie products out there that should meet your needs, a basic ration balancer would do.

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