Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southcentral Kansas
I may not be of much help as far as links go, but this is my take. You need protein for muscle development, period.. Find something that is high in protein.
More grain isn't as important as more hay is when wintering a horse. They have to keep warm. Warmth comes from fiber, fiber is in hay.. If you can't feed more hay then I would suggest something like Beet Pulp to add fiber. Alfafa hay is good as well, but BP packs more of many thing. My bag has a comparison on it, I'll see if I can remember to fetch the numbers later.
Hoof supplements are not normally necessary if you are feeding the right foods.. Protein is important to their health as well.. My Trimmer feeds Hoof Secret and loves it, btw.. I don't know what all is in it so can't give you any help there. Maybe she will see this thread and comment. Topicals aren't really of much use on hoofs, btw.. Massaging the C-band is helpful for encouraging growth tho. ;)
For the coat BOSS(black oil sunflower seeds) which is a good omega 6, will help put a sheen on. Flax seed, which is an omega 3(not as available naturally in winter) will also put a shine on. There are processed supplements available, I can't think of the name of the one I want to recommend tho. LOL
Just do not over supplement. My horses get #1 HAY, lots of it, then some beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, sometimes BOSS and the 29 yr old blind horse gets Total Equine as well. All the others are fat so they do not get grain.
Btw, a long winter coat isn't going to shine.. Since you are clipping and will be blanketing if you use the shiney lined blankets that will also help with shine. So they say.