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post #1 of 7 Old 05-26-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question I need some home remedies!

My mares hooves are as soft and brittle as can be and she often comes up lame from it. Is their anything that's healthy for her that i can feed to help strengthen the feet? Something CHEAP! not something I have to pay a lot for or maybe its even in my pantry. Also, is their anything I can feed her to help the days she is in heat? I have heard of raspberry leaves but is their anything else so I have some options? One more thing, have you ever brought a new horse home or to a show and they are super nervous or scared? Is their anything I can put in their daily feed for a while that will help calm them down?

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-27-2013, 06:30 PM
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Magnesium helps calm nervous horses. As far as the feet go, I'm not sure of any home remedies. I use a solid nutritional program, with supplements for those that need it. What is this horse's diet currently?

Raspberry leaves are the only natural remedy I've heard of for moody mares.
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I used raspberry leaves for my mare when I had one and it worked wonders......I have also heard feeding vitamin B supplement to horses that are nervous......
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A lot of calming supplements use B1 and Mg. They both work on the nervous system, and horses that are deficient can get hyper-excitable and nervous.

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My mares hooves are as soft and brittle as can be and she often comes up lame from it. Is their anything that's healthy for her that i can feed to help strengthen the feet? Something CHEAP!
Comes up lame from what exactly? If she has soft, thin soles, could be diet/nutrition, &/or environment, &/or the way they're managed. I hope if she has thin/soft soles, you pad/boot her feet for work? If not I'd definitely be doing that. Certainly as diet/nutrition are huge factors in horse & hoof health, that's the first thing I'd look at. Re supps, you tend to get what you pay for, so if the outlay is cheap, it's quite possible that it's less economical, or a complete waste of time compared to a good, more expensive product.

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Also, is their anything I can feed her to help the days she is in heat? I have heard of raspberry leaves
I'd go the raspberry.

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they are super nervous or scared? Is their anything I can put in their daily feed for a while
Horse's diets are very often deficient in magnesium, which among other effects, will cause horses to be more nervy. Stress, whether physical or mental, high carb diets and too much calcium are some of the things that further deplete the body's magnesium. Therefore that would be what I'd be giving a new, stressy horse. Quite possibly not just 'for a while' though. Depending on diet, nutrition, lifestyle, etc, it's probably something most horses need extra of as a rule.
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I heard one bo say that they use turpentine on hooves to help....don't know about that, sure would smell bad and be a fire hazzard.
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sounds like basic vitamin and mineral deficiency. Put her on a mineral supplement like farriers formula or Dumor Gold.
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