Hoof, Coat, and Joint Supplements

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    10-11-2013, 12:05 PM
Hoof, Coat, and Joint Supplements

Hey all,
I'm thinking about putting Ollie on some supplements, because he comes up stiff in the joints sometimes, his skin is a little flakey and his coat isn't as shiny as I would like, and his hooves are a bit dry and crack a lot, especially his fronts. Any suggestions for good ones? Thanks
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    10-11-2013, 12:13 PM
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Linseed (flax seed). Turmeric is excellent for joints.
    10-11-2013, 12:19 PM
Can you feed whole flax seed, or does it need to be ground up? Also how much turmeric should I feed? I tried to google it but I couldn't find anything.
    10-11-2013, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Oliveren15    
Can you feed whole flax seed, or does it need to be ground up? Also how much turmeric should I feed? I tried to google it but I couldn't find anything.

I feed micronized linseed simply because you cannot buy whole grains here in bulk. I have read that you can feed whole grains, but they possibly are not digested so well.


To help with joints, several of my friends feed about a tablespoon of turmeric a day for it's anti-inflammatory properties and have found it better than many expensive joint supplements.
    10-11-2013, 12:42 PM
Thank you! I'll go get some of both later today!
    10-12-2013, 01:13 PM
Bump- anyone know of any good hoof supps?
    10-12-2013, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Oliveren15    
Bump- anyone know of any good hoof supps?
Flaxseed is amazing for hooves, but a really healthy diet of low sugar and starch with a balanced general vitamin supplement (balanced to forage analysis) is all you need for good hooves. Biotin is good but the gut will make it's own, brewers yeast has a good mix of vitamins and is great for digestion (and so the hooves) and many horses benefit from extra magnesium (oxide) if forage is low. Beware of supplements high in iron as most foods are already supplemented and excess iron reduces the uptake of zinc and copper which are necessary for good hooves.
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    10-12-2013, 01:39 PM
Is De-bittered brewers yeast ok?
    10-12-2013, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Oliveren15    
is De-bittered brewers yeast ok?
No idea I buy mine from ebay as a supplement for horses.
    10-12-2013, 01:46 PM
Hmm. This: Brewer's Yeast Debittered - Bulk Barn
Is what I was looking at, because A) I like to buy in bulk, and b) its difficult for me to order online.

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