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post #1 of 12 Old 11-16-2009, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Which supplements are best to use?

The gelding I ride is worked about 4-5 days in the arena, moderate work, and then we school at the local forest once a week (about 11 miles of intense trail) to condition for an endurance ride.

I'm giving him electrolytes in his feed right now, but that's about it.
Every once in a while I'll give him some MSM and flax seed.

What are your opinions on supplements and what do you use and what for?
Do you think I should be feeding him any others?
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-16-2009, 08:05 PM
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My take on supplements is, less is more. Unless there's an obvious deficiency or visible problem, I wouldn't add anything. Their stomachs are sensitive enough without adding every new fad that's on the market.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-16-2009, 08:11 PM
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My take on supplements is, less is more. Unless there's an obvious deficiency or visible problem, I wouldn't add anything. Their stomachs are sensitive enough without adding every new fad that's on the market.
I agree, if it ain't broke don't fix it personally, I think we want to do the very best for our horses and in doing that we overdo. I like giving good for them treats instead of empty calorie ones, nothing extra unless someone is physically showing need of more.


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post #5 of 12 Old 11-16-2009, 08:17 PM
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it depends on what you feed already. I give my horse MSM vitimans weight builder horse shine and vita c. I have very hard keepers though. The vita c is for immune system. MSM for muscle and joints. Horse shine for coat. My TB weight builder(shouldnt need to explain). It keeps them nice and healthy
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I agree less is more BUT if you do decide you want to add something for any reason...two I use are nu image and weight builder...

Nu image is a hoof and coat suppliment and ill just put it this way...my boy has solid feet and a super shinny coat 24/7...

Weight builder is made by the same company as horseshoers secret (sp?)... its great for endurance horses! I was reading on AERC site that adding fat not sugars to a endurance horses diet is good...weight builder is a high fat suppliment that helps with weight without making horses hot...its good stuff lol

But I wouldnt mess with your horses feed unless something is obviously lacking... :)


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I also use Horse shoers secret. Forgot lol. Ya my weight builder is farnam which make HSS. I agree with Pidge
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Wow, that's good to know about the whole adding fat instead of sugars.
I definitely don't think I'll be adding any of that too soon because he keeps fat off of air. He only gets a few handfuls of grain in morning and at night and his grain is really good nutrituonal stuff, it's Legends, 10%.

Also have any of you guys ever used anything like black-as-knight? Do you know if it works? They have a Red-D-Vinity one that I'd like to try but it's 45$ I'd rather not spend unless I know for sure it works.
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Sorry to add another post, but I wanted to give a plug to SmartPak.com
When I do have someone on something special I love getting them in the daily Smartpaks this company sends them in. If one is on more than one you can get them in a daily or however many times you feed. They look like this-
I have one filly and a dog on smartpaks and it makes feeding time so much easier not to have to measure everything out. Plus they autoship to me every month so I don't have to worry about running out.


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The gelding I ride is worked about 4-5 days in the arena, moderate work, and then we school at the local forest once a week (about 11 miles of intense trail) to condition for an endurance ride.

I'm giving him electrolytes in his feed right now, but that's about it.
Every once in a while I'll give him some MSM and flax seed.

What are your opinions on supplements and what do you use and what for?
Do you think I should be feeding him any others?
I too am a less is more type person. I also don't feed the same thing to all my horses just because its easier, or more convenient. I like to treat each horse as an individual. That being said there are a few things that all my performance horses get.
I like to feed them some form of pro/prebiotics. So I have them on Equine Choice, I also like FASTRACK. They also get 1 tbsp of baking soda in thier feed, it helps to balance out stomche acid that may be present.

In regards to MSM, my one gelding gets MSM, but it must be fed regularly to be effective, so giving your guy MSM occassionally isnt really affective, so in a sense you're wasting your money and time

All my horses get Vitamin C as well. Other than that pretty much straight forward w regards to grain.

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