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post #11 of 13 Old 07-18-2012, 06:40 PM
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Poppy, I meant 'nappy rash' being irritated skin due to runny poo.

Yes, the hay is high quality mix of alfalfa, clover, and timothy grass.
That's probably your tummy prob then. Alfalfa & clover are both very high protein, high energy(so if he isn't using it he'll get fat too) & clover is quite high sugar too. Alfalfa is a great feed for horses generally, low sugar, but considering the above & that it's high in calcium & other nutrients, it needs to balanced with the rest of the diet or can be problematic. Clover's not a great. I'd be feeding just grass hay, with a biscuit or 2 of lucerne/alfalfa. Remember to consider this when working out what nutritional supps he needs.

Thanks! I will have to look at that. So just a general question, is a probiotic better or a multivitamin or electrolytes? I really don't know the difference.
Probiotics are like yoghurt or such. They replenish some of the good bacteria in the gut to help horses digest their food effectively and can help protect / repair from damage. Vitamins & - more importantly - minerals are the 'building blocks' needed for the body to function. As well as making sure there are adequate supplies, many nutrients are also dangerous if overdosed and balance between them is also important. Electrolytes are mineral salts that are generally dissolved in water. They're good for replenishing nutrients when people/animals are dehydrated due to exercise & heavy sweating or through vomiting sickness & such. *Electrolytes for horses are commonly high in iron, which can be problematic if the horse is already getting high levels of iron through diet/water.

I'm thinking getting him on a good supplement may help this issue. And I'm also thinking the rough ground isn't helping, its hard as a rock simply because we are in drought.
For the horse's sake, I wish - we're in sloshy winter here & I wish there was hard dry ground for them!

That's what I was thinking. I don't want to feed him extra if not necessary, as prices are going way up for hay. Corn and feed is going to go up too,
Corn is extremely high starch & very hard for horse's GI tract to digest, so save the corn for the pigs
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-18-2012, 06:47 PM
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Apparently just misting a horse will help it cool. Can you hook up a fan in his shelter? It makes a big diff. especially if the air is still.
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-18-2012, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Well today I ordered him more of his supplement for his joints, and a multivitamin supplement as well. Also some sheath cleaner and wound kote for his back legs

He seems to be getting better now that he's getting back on grass, so that's an improvement.

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