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post #21 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 10:18 AM
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Yogurt (live culture) is a great probiotic if you have one that is a hard keeper. I was also told that giving them beer will do it too, but I never tried it myself.
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post #22 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 12:20 PM
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Yogurt (live culture) is a great probiotic if you have one that is a hard keeper. I was also told that giving them beer will do it too, but I never tried it myself.
I never gave my horse beer; but when I used to give myself beer, it helped me maintain a high body weight...............

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post #23 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 12:28 PM
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Canola oil or corn oil = extra weight and shiny coat
That is terrible for your horse...I started a really good thread about adding oils to you horse's feeds and it has a lot of information in it that I've gotten from different places so it's not just my opinions.

Adding Oils to Your Horse's Feed.

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Instead of buying expensive electrolytes, mix one box of baking soda and one box of iodized salt together.
I wish I had known this all summer...
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post #24 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 12:34 PM
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Hey DR, I'm cheap! Um, I mean FRUGAL!

I always read the ingredients when someone suggests a supplement of some kind, and you can usually substitute plain, ordinary household things for the high dollar 'equine' stuff. As soon as someone says it's specifically for horses, the price skyrockets. Yeah, I don't play that game!

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post #25 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 12:43 PM
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Lol There is nothing wrong with being cheap..My horses aren't cheap though, and I'm definitely remembering that tip. It gets so hot and dry here that I'm pumping mine full of electrolytes.
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post #26 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 12:44 PM
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Vinegar has lots of uses, salt (saline) solution is great for cleaning wounds and washing out sore eyes (get the concentration right) and also mixed to a paste with vaseline works well on wounds, honey is great for wounds as is sugar, witch hazel solution also good for sore eyes as is cold tea. Epsom salts makes a good poultice with a diaper to draw out infections from puncture wounds - and they used to use dry bread to make poultices years ago
There are lots of good omega oils to be found on supermarket shelves - corn oil is not one of them
In wartime when food for animals was in short supply in the UK horses were fed boiled potatos to put flesh on them - my grandmother said nothing ever suffered as a result of feeding them.
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That is terrible for your horse...I started a really good thread about adding oils to you horse's feeds and it has a lot of information in it that I've gotten from different places so it's not just my opinions.

Adding Oils to Your Horse's Feed.



I wish I had known this all summer...
Thanks about the oil.....didn't know that one, but I guess it's the same for people too!
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Chamomile tea packets (100%): $0.98 a box (about 4 days use): Natural anti-inflamitory, I've used it on a few swollen legs (nothing major, clumsy thing bumped herself on a log) and swollen bug bites, the swelling was down within a few days of use.

Garlic (fresh): About $0.50 a clove: Lots of health benefits, amazing for the immune system.

Paprika: I forget the cost: For the non-showing equestrians, not only is paprika a great color enhancer, it also gives a boost to your immune system.

Apple Cider Vinegar: About $4 a gallon: I swear by it for thrush.

Hmm... pretty sure I have more somewhere in my brain, but those are just the ones that came to mind.
How much paprika would you give a 1200lb horse?
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How much paprika would you give a 1200lb horse?
Tbh, I don't measure it, I just kind of sprinkle it over their feed and do a quick stir so the picky one doesn't notice. For my small horses (700-900lbs) I give probably about a teaspoon per meal, if I had to estimate.
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post #30 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 08:26 PM
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Vitamin E cream with bio oil mixed in for scars.
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