Paprika and Flax seed :O
My mare, Annie, is a carrier of HyPP, so her diet is limited to low to no potassium. Meaning she can't have most horse feeds. We have her on a feed called All Grain, which is a cheap sweet feed with low mollasses [which has A LOT of potassium]. Basically.. it's a filler grain, because it doesn't really have any nutritional value except carbohydrates. We give her a suppliment [veryyy expensive] called Empower, which pretty much maxes out her potassium level. She can only have at most 1.5% potassium per day. Including grass, hay, and feed.
I noticed that, because of the Florida humidity and heat, she's been sweating A LOT [we've also got her on a diuretic medication, to help keep potassium out of her body, so the diuretic does help her sweat, and drink water too] and her coat has gotten a bit dull. Show season starts in a few months, and I want to put her on some things to help her coat.
I looked at potassium levels in paprika and flax seed, and neither contain any potassium, so it's safe to give to Annie.
My question is, will paprika work on a chestnut? Will it make her color richer? Or does it only work for lighter colored horses, like I've heard. Also, when buying flax, how do I know if the seed is premium quality. I've heard some people tell me to stay away from the dark seeds, and to buy the bags you find at organic markets, but then I've heard others say just the opposite.
I'd like to do the best thing for my horses coat health, while keeping potassium out of the question, so.. if you have something better then paprika and flax, please tell me. And if you have any info on paprika and flax themselves, also, please tell me, lol. Thankssss :]