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    11-22-2010, 05:10 PM

I want to start supplementing my horse just for health, skin, and hoof what would be the best supplement to use it can be either pellet or powder...
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    11-22-2010, 06:11 PM
Brewers yeast is supposedly good for the skin. We used it for a while. We also used The Missing Link on a mare I used to show which did wonders for her coat and skin (she had really, really try skin). I would suggest taking a look in some of the catalogs that sell supplements and see what may work for you.
    11-23-2010, 11:52 AM
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First, you need to analyze your horse's diet. What kind of feed, how much, and how often? What kind of hay, how much, and how often? Any salt or mineral blocks? How much is your horse worked? Turnout? Etc.

You may need a good vit/min supplement, or you could just need a little something extra. It really depends on your horse's diet.

My horses get no grain or feed. They get free choice grass hay and alfalfa pellets. With the pellets they get an all in one vitamin/mineral supplement, 1/4-1/2 cup of ground flax, and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. This is a simple diet that gives them great feet, coat, hair growth, and overall health.

I use a custom blend vit/min from Uckele Equine Nutrition. There are a few off the shelf products you can buy as well. My two favorite are's High Point and Grand Vite. Uckele has one called Equi-Base Grass. SmartPak has their SmartVite line.

If you give your horse a fortified feed at the recommended levels (on the side of the bag) then you do not necessarily need an overall vit/min supplement. In that case, I would suggest something like Horsetech.con's Glanzen 3, Grand Coat, Source Focus HF, Omega Hoof, or EquiOmega.
    11-23-2010, 05:42 PM
If the horse is on good hay and a balanced vit/mineral supplement, they should have a healthy coat, feet, etc.
My horse is shiny even after being clipped, he is also on additional biotin to improve his feet.
Talk to a nutritionist and get your hay analysed.

Good luck!

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