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  • My horses coat is rough
  • My horse has brown dry spots on his coat

 
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    08-07-2013, 12:32 PM
  #1
Foal
Skin and Coat Problems

My horse has a dull, dry, rough, bleached, and flaky skinned coat. Now he's got white hairs showing up and he's a black horse.
He gets fed grain 2x daily 1/2 lb of Tribute Calm n Easy with Glucosamine. He gets Smartvite EasyKeeper Pellets in the AM, 7hrs grazing on lush pasture, and 4 flakes of hay throughout the day.
I curry him almost everyday, bath him once a month.
I ride him 4 times a week over small jumps and up to first level dressage.

What would you guys suggest I do?
     
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    08-07-2013, 10:42 PM
  #2
Foal
I started giving my TB gelding who has similar problems flax sees and wheat germ oil. His coat looks much better and is a lot shinier! Another mare at my barn was having terrible coat problems as well. She started getting flax mixed in with her nightly grain and her coat looks a LOT better. She is even starting to show some dapples! Hope this is somewhat helpful :)
     
    08-07-2013, 11:49 PM
  #3
Yearling
Ditto flax seed. 1 cup a day does alot for black horses
     
    08-08-2013, 01:41 AM
  #4
Started
There are more black Percherons out there that aren't true black Percherons. When you breed a black to a black and they both have black dams and sires and black grand dames and grand sires... you end up with a black Percheron that just doesn't hold up colorwise and easily fade to a black with a brown cast. My best blacks have a grey up close. Dry skin is not uncommon especially on the lower legs. White hairs through the flank and barrel is also not uncommon. If it's white spots, than those are fly bites. Never seen those on a draft but have on quarter horses.

You aren't feeding anywhere near enough of the Tribute to be of any value unless you only feed it to get his supplements into him. It is a high fat feed but you are only feeding 1# per day or 27 g of fat. He could easily be bumped up to a full # of fat a day (the equivalent of 2 C of oil or 454 g). I'd reevaluate feeding him the Tribute. He could probably use more all the way around plus fat for his skin and coat.
     
    08-08-2013, 01:30 PM
  #5
Foal
I've heard of flax seed, but I wasn't sure if it would work. I'll give it a try. :)

My boy is a TB x Percheron, and @ 1600lbs he's overweight, he only gets enough grain to not bust the wall down at feed time.
@ Left Hand Percherons
I want to give him more grain, but I need to start working him more. I use the house grain that the farm buys, I can choose either Tribute, Triple Crown Low Starch, BlueSeal Trotter, BlueSeal Vintage Sweet, or Legends Show & Pleasure 12p
     
    08-08-2013, 03:09 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by theblackpercheron    
I've heard of flax seed, but I wasn't sure if it would work. I'll give it a try. :)

My boy is a TB x Percheron, and @ 1600lbs he's overweight, he only gets enough grain to not bust the wall down at feed time.
@ Left Hand Percherons
I want to give him more grain, but I need to start working him more. I use the house grain that the farm buys, I can choose either Tribute, Triple Crown Low Starch, BlueSeal Trotter, BlueSeal Vintage Sweet, or Legends Show & Pleasure 12p
Ground flaxseed can help a dull dry coat so much. You can give it a try.
     
    08-08-2013, 07:41 PM
  #7
Yearling
Id buy your own feed. Get Triple Crowns 30% supplement. You only need to feed about 1 lb a day and it gives a full ration of nutrition. Its better than the low starch for sure with less calories. One bag will last you over a month. Add the flax to that and you should have a winner but you will have to wait for a coat change to see the new stuff really coming in.
     
    08-08-2013, 11:39 PM
  #8
Started
He probably could use a more nutrient dense feed but doesn't need the calories of more grain. A good coat and skin needs good quality complete protein in addition to some fat. They should reevaluate the grains they offer. A RB (what the TC 30 is and a good choice for your horse and would save them $$), a senior and the tribute would cover all their bases.
     
    08-09-2013, 07:40 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I'd highly suggest feeding nutrena empower balance ration balancer and triple crowns omega max ground flax seed. Did wonders for my boy and he is glowing with shine.
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    08-12-2013, 10:30 AM
  #10
Foal
Hey, I wanted to update you guys, I'm going out today to buy ground flax seed, and the Triple Crown 30 supplement, I've also begun changing his grain over to TC Low Starch.
Thinking back, my horse has never gotten adequate grain, and for a while his grain was changed several times behind my back, I think he'll appreciate this very much.
Thanks so much for the suggestions :)
     

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