Best Supplement/s for an aged gelding and young mare?

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Best Supplement/s for an aged gelding and young mare?

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    11-21-2011, 10:02 AM
Best Supplement/s for an aged gelding and young mare?

My QH gelding Arthur is 21 years old and was just gelded last year. He has calmed down a LOT, to the point where he is a lazy bit of pasture fluff. Since he's no longer a stud, he doesn't keep the muscle tone as easily as he used to, and I want to start working him again. Right now he's on free choice grass hay and no grain. He's not a hard keeper, has never had any joint problems to my knowledge, and has great hooves.
I want to start supplementing him because I know he obviously doesn't get all of his nutrition from just the hay. I especially want something that is good for the skin and coat, because his only problem seems to be rain rot. He and my mare get it a lot, and I am fighting it constantly. They have a nice shelter to get out of the weather, but they never use it. They just stand out in the rain and roll in mud.

Anyway, I'd like an all-in-one or suggestions on what the best combination would be. I've heard good things about Smart Pak, but also that they are very expensive. I have three horses to supplement, one who is recovering from hoof injury and infection, so he requires a lot of maintenance.

My mare is a four year old Appaloosa. She's also currently pasture fluff. Same basic idea as the gelding. She doesn't have any special requirements aside from skin and coat.
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    11-21-2011, 11:44 AM
It's pretty safe to say the hay alone is not providing everything they need based on the muscle tone loss and rain rot alone. Before I'd start throwing different supplements at them, first get them on a good vitamin/mineral supplement. It's the cheapest thing to do and you'll get immediate results out of it. I like Moorman's Grostrong for grass (not Precise, that's for alfalfa). It's a loose mineral with a great Vit A (rain rot), 2Ca:P, good Cu... at a cost of about $.13/day. I'd put out 1# in a bucket and hang it by the water source. They'll power through it for a few days while they replenish their store but then dropped down dramatically.

Your horses are at very different stages of life so trying to make a one size fits all diet is pretty difficult. The gelding would benefit from a good protein source (rebuild muscle) and the mare is still doing some growing. They don't need a ton of stuff but monitor them as individuals.

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