Does she need a vitamin supplement?

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    06-18-2010, 04:33 PM
Does she need a vitamin supplement?

Tara is getting fat! So I've cut back her feed to just a couple handfuls so she'll have something to take her vitamins with (they're pelleted and a very small serving). But does she need a vitamin supplement? She's out 24/7 with more than enough grass. Mainly fescue and clover, with some bluegrass and orchard mixed in.
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    06-18-2010, 04:37 PM
Green Broke
Do you mean your thinking of taking her off of it? She robably doesnt need it, I would just put a mineral block out in the feild, she should get everything she needs from the grass.
    06-18-2010, 05:15 PM
Thanks! Yeah I'm thinking of taking her off of it. I want to take her off grain completely. She's getting so little that it can't be making much of a difference, and she's a little tubby. I guess I could always just feed her the vitamin by hand if she needs it?
    06-19-2010, 07:53 AM
Green Broke
Were she my horse I would not just feed vitamins by hand "hit and miss".

Unless you have your pasture grass and hay sent out for testing, you have no way of knowing what vitamin and minteral deficiencies your horse has.

Because of testing, I know that my pastures and my hay that is grown five miles away, are very high in iron, therefore copper and zinc deficient.

Copper and zinc are needed for the immune system and crucial to insulin resistant horses because it helps balance the glucose.

Which segways into my next thought. If she is that easy a keeper and getting hefty off the grass, she may be predisposed to metabolic issues.

Being out on pasture 24/7 may not be the best thing for her this time of year. Evening/night time grass is the best for these types of horses.

In the stall or drylotted during the day, or even wearing a muzzle during the day could help a lot. Most horses won't keep a muzzle on though.

If the horse is predisposed to metabolic issues, it would be in her best interest to put out a white salt block rather than a mineral block because of the iron in the mineral block. Iron blocks the absorption of copper and zinc

If that sounds complicated, it is

I have one horse that has been I-R for three years and another that is most certainly predisposed to it. It is neither fun nor cheap to deal with

At any rate, feeding vit/mins on a "whenever" basis is not good for any horse. It's not too expensive to have your pasture grass tested.

Equi-Analytical Labs in New York do a bang up job for not much money, and will e-mail you the results in around ten days
    06-20-2010, 03:46 PM
What do you mean by feeding on a "whenever" basis?
    06-20-2010, 03:58 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by tarebear    
I guess I could always just feed her the vitamin by hand if she needs it?
I may have mis-interpretted but I took "if she needs it" to mean if you think she may need them for a few weeks here and there, sic "whenever".

If I misinterpretted, I am sory

Getting back to my original point, knowing the answer to "if she needs it" won't be known until the hay and pasture are tested

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