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post #1 of 3 Old 10-14-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question is it ok to give my horse supplement and how much

so i want my horse to have more energey and to be more healthy and there is some supplements in tack room for energey and healthy hoofs so can i give her some or does she need it she has been very lazy and her hoos have been trimed but they do get really bad after a while. ???

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-20-2013, 02:04 AM
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First of all, more information is needed here. What type of horse do you have, how much does she weigh, what and how much is she being fed, how often is she exercised, is she shod or barefoot? Does she have any possible health issues that could be causing her to be "lazy"? Is she lame? What do you mean by " her hooves get really bad after awhile?"
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In addition to Oliveren's questions, what exactly are the supplements you're talking about?

Domestic horse's diets commonly do leave them deficient &/or imbalanced in a variety of nutrients, so nutritional supplements are frequently beneficial. It depends on the horse's diet as to if/what/how much needs supping.

If your horse is underweight, she may need more calories/energy in her diet. An 'energy supplement' may be appropriate, depending what it is. She may also be lacking energy because of nutrition rather than 'lack of groceries' too. She may not be lacking energy, be hurting/lame, overweight &/or just lazy & knows how little she can get away with doing.

Her hooves/coat may well benefit from better nutrition, but they could 'get bad' due to bad &/or insufficient hoof care, basic diet &/or environmental problems.
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