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Mineral deficiencies?

My mare is on Tribute Right Choice 14% pelleted grain which the barn where I board feeds. She is currently on 4 1/2 lbs per day and is a 14.2 hand somewhat stocky QH/Paint who weighs around 800-900 lbs. She is a Jumper and is ridden for 20 mins 3 times a week with an hour long training ride (during my weekly lesson when we jump) once a week.

Anyway recently in a thread about the fact that my buckskin girl sun bleaches pretty badly, it was suggested to look into her mineral intake...so here's what the feed she is on is made of currently. She also gets 5-6 flakes of good quality hay and 1-2 hrs per day of grass turnout. It looks like she is getting plenty of copper and zinc which were two of the minerals mentioned that my have something to do with sun fading in coats...but figured I would post this here to see if others who had more knowledge of the specifics could help me out!


Tribute Right Choice 14% pelleted feed...

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein (Min.)............................................ ...... 14.0%
Lysine (Min.)............................................ ................... 0.8%
Methionine (Min.) .................................................. ..... 0.3%
Methionine & Cystine (Min.) ...................................... 0.5%
Threonine (Min.) .................................................. ....... 0.5%
Crude Fat (Min.)............................................ .............. 7.0%
Crude Fiber (Max.) .................................................. .. 18.0%
Calcium (Ca) (Min.) .................................................. .. 0.7%
Calcium (Ca) (Max.)............................................ ........ 1.2%
Phosphorus (P) (Min.) ................................................. 0.6%
Copper (Cu) (Min.)............................................ ...... 50 ppm
Zinc (Zn) (Min.) .................................................. .. 160 ppm
Selenium (Se) (Min.) .............................................. 0.6 ppm
Potassium (K) (Min.)............................................ ....... 0.7%
Magnesium (Mg) (Min.)............................................ .. 0.2%
Manganese (Mn) (Min.)......................................... 100 ppm
Cobalt (Co) (Min.)............................................ ...... 3.5 ppm
Iron (Fe) (Min.) .................................................. ... 200 ppm
Iodine (I) (Min.)............................................ .......... 1.1 ppm
Salt (NaCl) (Min.)............................................ ............ 0.5%
Salt (NaCl) (Max.)............................................ ........... 1.0%
Vitamin A (Min.)............................................ .. 3,500 IU/lb.
Vitamin D (Min.)............................................ ..... 350 IU/lb.
Vitamin E (Min.) ................................................. 100 IU/lb.
Vitamin C (Min.) .................................................. 12 mg/lb.
Biotin (Min.)............................................ ........... 0. 5 mg/lb.
Thiamine (Min.) .................................................. ... 5 mg/lb.
Riboflavin (Min.)............................................ ........ 4 mg/lb.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min.) ........................................ 1.7%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min.) ........................................ 0.2%
Lactobacillus acidophilus (Min.).............. 113.5 milCFU/lb
Lactobacillus casei (Min.) ........................ 113.5 milCFU/lb
Bifidobacterium thermophilum (Min.) ...... 113.5milCFU/lb
Enteroococcus faecium (Min.) ................. 113.5 milCFU/lb
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Haha yea very true, that's why I moved it over here, as the thread changed from dying her tail to nutrition
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It sounds like your Horse is in the Stall more than in the pasture.

Do you have a mineral block in the Stall?

If not, you can get a 4lb mineral block holder and install it on one of the walls in the stall

Miller SB1 4lb Salt Brick/Block Holder - Southern States Cooperative

Champion's Choice Trace Mineral Brick 4lb - Southern States Cooperative

There are also apple and peppermint flavored block for a little extra taste incitement if your horse is finicky


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It seems like your horse probably isn't deficient in anything based on the guaranteed analysis, but the possibility still exists that the minerals aren't present in the correct ratio (depends heavily on the content present in the forage). Any chance your barn has had their hay tested for nutrients?
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What is the feeding recommendation? If it is .5 lb/ 100lb bw, you are OK. If it is 1-1.5 lb/100, you need to add a mineral supplement, but not a salt/mineral block, they are mostly salt.

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It sounds like your Horse is in the Stall more than in the pasture.

Do you have a mineral block in the Stall?

If not, you can get a 4lb mineral block holder and install it on one of the walls in the stall

Miller SB1 4lb Salt Brick/Block Holder - Southern States Cooperative

Champion's Choice Trace Mineral Brick 4lb - Southern States Cooperative

There are also apple and peppermint flavored block for a little extra taste incitement if your horse is finicky


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She is in the stall more often than the pasture :/ wish she could be outside longer but it's not up to me, it's up to the barn where I board...there's just not enough pasture for all of the horses there, not if we want to keep the grass that is!

I actually used to have a mineral block, peppermint flavored! ;) she loved it! Now I just have a Himalayan salt block in there, maybe I should go back to the mineral block again...
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It seems like your horse probably isn't deficient in anything based on the guaranteed analysis, but the possibility still exists that the minerals aren't present in the correct ratio (depends heavily on the content present in the forage). Any chance your barn has had their hay tested for nutrients?
Yes they do test the hay - I will have to ask specifically what came back, but my barn manager is very up to date on the latest nutritional info, makes sure the feed/hay are good quality, and even works with a nutritionist :)
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What is the feeding recommendation? If it is .5 lb/ 100lb bw, you are OK. If it is 1-1.5 lb/100, you need to add a mineral supplement, but not a salt/mineral block, they are mostly salt.

Nancy
For performance horses in light exercise which it looks like he is categorizing her under, it's .5 - .75 per 100 lbs of body weight. She gets 4.5 lbs/day and is 800 or 900 lbs at most.
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So she is getting about .5 to .6 per 100 lbs...
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