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post #1 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Is there any supplements that you believe EVERY horse should take?

I have a 19 year old quarter horse gelding that does cowboy mounted shooting and hunter jumper (complete opposites, I know). He was originally trained in reining.

I also have an 11 year old quarter horse mare that jumps and does trails.

Are there any supplements I should get for them daily?

I give them sand colic stuff every few months (the 7 day program) because of where we live and the type of soil they eat around. I was thinking about giving a joint supplement to the 19 year old gelding just to keep him in top shape. I don't know if I want to wait until he shows discomfort to give him the joint supplement. I also have been considering probios for both of them and possibly a digestion type supplement for my mare because she sometimes gets weird gut issues. Nothing major, just maybe something would help her on a regular basis.

I am also open to holistic and natural things to give them! I am interested in hearing what you guys have to say! Thanks!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 11:33 AM
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If you're wanting to do a digestive supplement, SmartPak's SmartDigest Ultra comes with $7500 worth of colic insurance if you feed the recommended dose in a smartpak, so that's a nice perk. The older gelding could probably use a joint supplement. Other than that, it kind of depends on diet. Having you tried using something like FeedXL to determine if your horses are getting correct nutrition? If you don't feed the full amount of a fortified grain or a ration balancer you might need to add a vitamin or ration balancer, but you might not. It really depends.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 11:44 AM
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Flax. It helps in so many areas such as digestive health and joint care. If you haven't read up much on it I suggest doing so. I can't believe the difference it has made in my mares health since I started her on it. So much so that 5 other horses in our barn have been started on it after seeing what it does for my girl.

Valley Flax whole milled flax seeds for Horses is the stuff I feed
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 07:59 PM
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I think most every horse would benefit from a ration balancer or vit/min supplement, especially those on hay year-round. Which specific product really depends on the mineral deficiencies of the soil in the particular area and the type of hay being fed.

I also like flax for it's omega-3 content.

ETA- Just to clarify, a ration balancer or vit/min supplement are only needed for horses who aren't getting a full serving of a quality fortified grain.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 09:14 PM
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If the horses don't need it you'll wind up with expensive manure.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 09:35 PM
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Every horse needs/benefits from flax. I don't believe in feeding supplements but flax is the best thing i've ever added to my horses diet and every horse in our barn that has gone on it has a noticeable difference.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 09:40 PM
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Yep ditto flax. Great stuff. I have to say that for my area, I wont be without my Triple Crown 30% either. Its the perfect balance to our local grasses.

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