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post #1 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Supplements For Mares

Hello!

I looked for a post on this but could not find one. I'm new here, so apologies if there is one and I wasn't looking correctly.

I have a 9 year old rescue OTTB. Back story is, she was too skittish for the track so they put her in a slaughter house, she was rescued by a lady, the lady end up being worse for her, kept her in a metal round pen while the lady was pregnant and the horse did not get fed and did not have access to grass. She was left with shoes on, so she came to me with messed up feet as well. She's had reconstructive trims for her feet for years now and they are in a wonderful condition now.

Long story short - she spooks at everything. She is the most moody mare, the most nervous mare (understandably), regardless of who is around her. She is most bonded to me, follows my every foot step, and will not let anyone but me catch her in the pasture, feed her, groom her, etc. She is great when it comes to ground work, but as soon as I get on her, she spooks/bolts/throws me off. I've come to this fork in the road where I am unsure if it is a trust issue or a behavioral issue. I was speaking to a trainer (I cannot afford to hire one, but thankfully my trainer when I was growing up is willing to lend a hand of advice) who suggested putting her on a supplement such as the SmartPak SmartMare/SmartCalm supplements.

My question is - 1. Do you think it is necessary to supplement and see if it helps? 2. Which one? SmartMare or SmartCalm? SmartCalm sounds more fitting to me, but she is mare, afterall.....

Oh, and just an FYI - She is cleared by a vet. No back issues, is sound, and saddle does not affect her. It is not a pain reaction.

Thanks guys! Hope this was clear and coherent. I feel like I'm babbling to everyone I can about this. Cheers.

PS: Look at this beauty.

Last edited by donttellreegan; 01-11-2017 at 01:39 PM. Reason: Edited to throw in a pic of her. I truly love this horse. She is beautiful and has won my heart over, despite her quirks.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 01:44 PM
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She is a beauty! I'm going through the exact opposite issue you are- our mare is excellent under saddle but on the ground she's flighty, nervous and sometimes downright dangerous. Subbing to see what others say about calming supplements, as I've been advised it might help my girl.
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Very pretty mare. What is she eating everyday now and how much exercise is she getting ?

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-11-2017, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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She is a beauty! I'm going through the exact opposite issue you are- our mare is excellent under saddle but on the ground she's flighty, nervous and sometimes downright dangerous. Subbing to see what others say about calming supplements, as I've been advised it might help my girl.
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Very pretty mare. What is she eating everyday now and how much exercise is she getting ?
Thanks for replying, guys. I hope this thread helps you too, WhattaTroublemaker!

She gets about 4 scoops a day of Purina Equine Senior. The trainer I had when I brought Reegan home advised me to take her off the racing formula she was on and put her on a senior food to help with hot-headed side of her. She's put on lots of weight and looks fantastic on it. Until recently, (this year - 2016), she wasn't getting much under-the-saddle exercise, but she frequently runs in the pastures.

I just bought THIS today, as I saw it at my local tractor supply while picking up hay, as it was $9 and almost a 3 month supply for one horse... I couldn't read reviews on it in the store but the lady had very nice things to say about it and I read reviews later on and it has nothing under 4.5-5 stars. A few said that it specifically helped bring their OTTBs down from a 9 to a 2/3 and didn't make them zombie-like.... going to try and see if it helps. Would be tickled to death considering its price point!
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How big are your scoops? Can you estimate how many pounds of grain she gets per day? Making assumptions that a scoop is about 3 pounds...4 scoops per day sounds like a lot!
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How big are your scoops? Can you estimate how many pounds of grain she gets per day? Making assumptions that a scoop is about 3 pounds...4 scoops per day sounds like a lot!
Oh no! We use a scoop that is probably a pint, or 16oz. She gets 4 scoops/day in the winter (we don't blanket). She just now this year put enough weight on to cover her hips/ribs (which has been super hard for her, since, you know, TB):

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She looks great!
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