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post #11 of 16 Old 07-21-2012, 04:43 AM
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Even when it's easy to find, from what I've learned, I'm not so sure. Depends what & how many types of grass/plant, soil types, how it's grown & fertilised...
I was mainly referring to green grass. There isn't any within a hundred miles of where I live. But I definitely agree with you. The only way to know what your horse is getting.from pasture is to test it.
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I try to stay away from supplements becuase I don't like the risks. I would like to know much more about the supplement and which one(s) to use. I would need some guidence becuase I haven't ever NEEDED to use them. Thanks.

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I like PaintHorseMares KISS method as well. Good pasture (not so much this year in the drought) quality grass hay & a quality ration balancer. I only give hard feed to our oldest (he's 30 & lacking teeth so he gets a mash with senior feed) and the young, growing horses. I only have one that is on any supplements & she gets a joint/coat supplement.

How much riding? Depends on the horse. Mine that are finished get rode a few hours a week by students. Those in training, I ride 5 or 6 days a week - the time depends on how well they do what is asked of them.

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post #14 of 16 Old 07-21-2012, 10:00 AM
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^^^^ I agree with the riding. When we got our 2 green broke 3 year olds I rode them A LOT and everywhere, by themselves and ponied off our lead mare. I've found that the 5 years of riding and handling that I invested when they were young paid off big time. They (now 8 and 10) will stand in the pasture untied to be trimmed, and they can go without riding for months and still be ready, willing, and behaved out on the trail.
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-21-2012, 10:41 AM
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Is there a reason she's getting so much sweetfeed? Horses don't really need it and most of the ingredients aren't really "natural" to a horse's diet. I've got a paint QH built like your mare, and she only gets a teeny handful of grain to mix with her supplements.
Liniment baths are more for you than the horse. Just be careful and watch to make sure she isn't getting burned by the liniment. Some brands are very strong.
I'd suggest putting her on MSM. It's like $6 for 45 days (super cheap!) and extremely effective in most horses. It is an anti-inflammatory supplement. Arthritis comes from irritated/inflammed joints so... if you take away inflammation, you slow the progression of arthritis. :) Get the 10,000mg dose.
If you really want to, you can put her on a biotin supplement for half the year. It just gives a boost to the hooves. I'd give her a few months off of it every year though, since the body can decide not to make much of its own biotin anymore if she's given a biotin supplement year round.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-21-2012, 01:19 PM
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Haven't read all the replies, but sweet feed is not all that bad. Our horses have been on the same sweet feed for 30+ years, no ill effects. My grandmother refuses to feed anything else. She's 63, done it this way for years and set in her ways. My shetland, who I've had for 16 years, has been on it since she was 3. She's healthier than you could even imagine. If it works for you, don't feel the need to change it. My gelding is on pellets, my Shetland and paint mare are on sweet feed, and my mini is on senior feed for weight gain. Everybody is happy and healthy, as per the vet.
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