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post #1 of 2 Old 05-06-2014, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Nutrition questions

Hello! I have two questions for y'all:)

First, at my barn, you must pay extra to have supplements. There is also a certain feed that the majority of the barn uses..you have to buy your own feed if you want something else and we can't afford that;) My mare's coat is dull and her mane is pathetic (partly her breed..she's an appendix QH) I was wondering if there were any kind of mineral/salt blocks that I could buy to help with this? Or maybe some sort of treat? I use cowboy magic and Absorbine products to help keep her coat clean but it only lasts a few days..

Second.. Today I discovered while de shedding my mare, she was getting bald spots on her rump..topish side area.. The skin was flakey and dry..she does have sensitive skin but I haven't used any new substances on her.. She gets horrible reaction to fly bites but that's not it... I can take a picture of it when I have a chance..hopefully this weekend.. Now, it could be her shedding as I have only had her for a year and she was halfway through shedding when I got her. But, she never had this problem then..she isn't scratching at it and running my hand over it and putting Some pressure on it, feels like it has some 'lumps' under (May be my imagination). If this is unclear, I'm sorry.. I will try and put more detail into some other parts when asked:)

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One thing I forgot to put.. My mare has a Himalayan salt block and she won't touch it.least around it when I put it in her food..I'm going to try putting treats On it.. And two horses had allergies and had to wear fly sheets to help..could she have gotten something from them?

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Unfortunately, dull coat and hair most commonly come from poor diet. No cowboy magic type product in the world will fix that. Only identifying where she is lacking in nutrition and supplementing for that our moving her to a better feed.

Next, the dry, flaky skin could be diet, stress, or fungus related to name a few. Hard to know which without pictures. Of course, good nutrition will generally fight off the bad skin "stuff".

Last, I very strongly doubt she got anything from horses that had allergies.
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