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post #31 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 09:48 PM
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I agree with Tia- apple cider vinegar works wonders for thrush (spray onto their hooves).

I also use the Listerine and Baby oil combination- be careful in hot places, oil attracts heat.

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Vitamin E cream with bio oil mixed in for scars.
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Haha I use bio oil on my face, it has cleared p my skin tone wonderfully!
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Also, here's a question, coming from southern skies I have never heard (or cannot remember hearing!) anything about Vit D supplementing horses....I live in the cold hard north and I take a Vit D supplement all winter or I get sad

I would suspect horses need it too? Is there something high in Vit D that can be fed safely? I suspect it's not in their roughage (hay)?
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post #34 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 09:58 PM
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For anyone who uses Mare Magic, just buy dried raspberry leaves from a herbal supplier. It's about half as expensive and the exact same thing. Devil's claw is also another ingredient commonly seen in joint supplements which you can buy directly from a herbal supplier for much less money.
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post #35 of 84 Old 10-03-2012, 10:24 PM
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Whole Flax seed for coat gloss. 1/2 cup per day for average horse. I get it cheaper in the bulk grocery store than at the feed store. Been using it for 3 months and both vet and farrier exclaimed and asked what I do. It is remarkable! I have been eating it too since I saw its effect on the horses. For humans I grind 1 TBS fresh because it looses it's most of its nutrients in just days of grinding.

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post #36 of 84 Old 10-04-2012, 09:42 AM
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Also, here's a question, coming from southern skies I have never heard (or cannot remember hearing!) anything about Vit D supplementing horses....I live in the cold hard north and I take a Vit D supplement all winter or I get sad

I would suspect horses need it too? Is there something high in Vit D that can be fed safely? I suspect it's not in their roughage (hay)?
Cod liver oil. I suspect it might be cheaper to buy in the form of a horse supplement as human vitamins & minerals aren't cheap either
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Vit D is made from sunshine. Unless your horses are living in the dark all the time they get adequate amounts. Just because we might need a supplement or need to wear a coat in cold weather doesn't mean a horse does.
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Vit D is made from sunshine. Unless your horses are living in the dark all the time they get adequate amounts. Just because we might need a supplement or need to wear a coat in cold weather doesn't mean a horse does.
Actually many horses that spend much of their day in a barn and covered in rugs in winter (and some also do in summer) can suffer with Vitamin D deficiency as they don't naturally absorb as much from sunlight as they should due to lack of exposure. I rode at an arabian showbarn a few years ago where many of the horses didn't go out at all from December until the end of March when the snow and ice had all gone - they were ridden in an indoor attached to the barn and fed pretty much just on hay and bran mash.
It was also commonly used as a joint aid supplement for many years and still widely available - mostly sold in the UK as Codlivine
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Strong tea and boric acid solution work great for leaking eyes (I used them on horses, pets, and myself ).

Baby oil put on hoofs before you enter the show arena will give a nice (cheap) shine. Also human shampoos seem to work wonder on horses and dogs.
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Also human shampoos seem to work wonder on horses and dogs.
Yep! I like to buy those giant shampoo bottles from the dollar store and pour them into smaller empty shampoo bottles and dilute them with water. You can get quite a few good uses out of it, and gets them just as clean as ever Same with conditioner, lord knows my thick maned Racker would be all tangles without it :P
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