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  • Triple crown 30 have too much selenium

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    11-26-2012, 08:21 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I use this for my mare:

Vitamin E & Selenium - Horse Antioxidant Supplements from SmartPak Equine

I mix it with grain and wet it a touch because it's a powder. It doesn't take much grain. It smells like apples; picky mare has no problem with it.

I started supplementing a couple months ago, after my mare had a near fatal azoturia episode and started dietary therapy for PSSM. We haven't had an episode since. It keeps her muscles happy.
     
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    11-26-2012, 08:34 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
YOu should not add selenium to a diet with out confirming that there is a problem with a blood test. Selenium is very toxic.
Well, this area is very deficient in selenium.
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    11-26-2012, 09:18 PM
  #13
Trained
^ Yes. I know a lot of horses around here who are also deficient.
     
    11-26-2012, 11:21 PM
  #14
Weanling
And a lady I know who is very experienced in goats, she said to us when we first got our goats to make sure that we give them selenium supplements! She said it was very crucial in this area.
     
    11-26-2012, 11:35 PM
  #15
Trained
The pacific NW is notoriously low in selenium. Studies have shown it causes a lot of deaths by colic.

It is important to keep in mind though that the range from too little to too much is very slight.

I use this, it's made specifically for this area and requires very little. Horse Guard
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    11-27-2012, 12:48 AM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
The pacific NW is notoriously low in selenium. Studies have shown it causes a lot of deaths by colic.

It is important to keep in mind though that the range from too little to too much is very slight.

I use this, it's made specifically for this area and requires very little. Horse Guard
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Horse Guard is exactly what I was going to suggest. It's ~$.45/serving IIRC. Another option would be to feed a ration balancer- it may cost a little bit more (depending on which one you buy; I feed my horse Triple Crown 30% Supplement, which comes out to $.78/serving. There are others that are cheaper as well.) but offers more complete nutrition.

Most fortified grains, ration balancers and vit/min supplements have added selenium, so I'm guessing if he's deficient he's not getting one of those already.
     

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