So what I've found is what you put in, you get out, which applies to more than just performance. When I first got Mudpie, I'd had horses my whole life, but they'd always been relatively hardy, and I didn't know a lot about horse nutrition. I thought all you did was throw them hay in the morning and at night, and that was it. However, that sort of feeding just does not work for Mudpie, who happens to be an extremely high maintenance guy. I went from level one to level ten in horse care pretty quickly!
I've observed Mudpie with and without supplements, and I can say that they've made a HUGE difference in his overall health and wellness.
Mudpie's current diet is:
A.M. 13 lbs of Alfalfa
P.M. 13 lbs of Alfalfa
5 lbs senior feed
3 lbs pelleted rice bran
1 scoop SmartHoof
1 scoop CortaFlx
1 scoop U-7 Gastric Aid
I have, however, modified his supplements, though they have not arrived yet, and he is still on the diet stated above.
I changed to:
1 scoop Farrier's Formula Double Strength
1 scoop SmartFlex I
1 scoop U-Gard
1 scoop SmartOmega 3
I did this in conjunction with a SmartPak representative (who heroically talked on the phone with me for one hour straight and answered all of my stupid questions and helped me compare all of the supplements), and we just found supplements that were around the same price, but with higher levels of certain ingredients, or just better ingredients for my purpose.
He's been on SmartHoof since April, and it has made a BIG difference, but I decided to change to Farrier's Formula because it had more to it, and seemed like a better choice for his hooves, which tend to lack integrity. I like CortaFlx just fine, but SmartFlex has slightly different ingredients. U-7 Gastric Aid is GREAT, but really expensive. Since Mudpie doesn't have ulcers, I decided it would be okay to start him on U-Gard instead, since I'm only using it for prevention. A horse at my barn got extremely sick and was put down, but he had an entire month of SmartPaks left. SmartPak refunded his owners and told them that they could do whatever they wanted with his supplements, and then they ended up giving them to me. I used the SmartOmega 3 for 28 days, and was AMAZED at the difference. Suddenly, Mudpie's coat was shiny and healthy, his mane and tail were growing quickly, and his skin was soft. He was also more vibrant. He'd been getting big hives all over from bug bites, but the hives stopped appearing shortly after.
Sorry for the novel! ;) My point is that examining and modifying your horses diet can make a BIG difference. Nutrition totally affects your horse, so I wouldn't doubt that your adorable elephant seal could really benefit from adding an omega supplement. :)
I'd definitely recommend that you call SmartPak and talk with their experts about your situation, and I know they'd be more than happy to help you. I am SO IMPRESSED with their knowledge and helpfulness, that I just can't praise them enough.
Betadine tends to "burn" the skin, so use it sparingly. I think it's definitely a good idea to start with, but don't do it too regularly. There are medicated shampoos that might be better like this
, or this
. There are also products like this
that could help you manage it, and try to make her more comfortable.
Good luck, and keep us updated!