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post #1 of 3 Old 12-24-2011, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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"Soft-gel" + digestion? Vitamin A?

Is a horse's stomach acidic enough to break down a pill in "soft-gel" form?
I seem to remember reading that it is not...

Which leads me to another question: Does anyone know where I can find a Vit A supplement that's powdered or liquid or something other than a soft-gel?
Alternatively, maybe there's a way to get the stuff out a soft-gel in a non-messy and non-disgusting way?

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-24-2011, 01:08 PM
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any decent feed store should have it. Read the labels, there is also injectable vitamin A meant for cattle, DOnt inject it, just squirt some in there mouth with a wormer syringe,
Lots of basic horse sprinkle on podered suppliments. I'd look at smart pak they seem to have a pretty wide selection and would make sure you are getting the right amount for the size and condition of your horse. They do cost a bit more but they are convenient and you know you are getting an exact amount.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-25-2011, 02:00 PM
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The supplements geared towards mares and foals are usually real high in vitamin A.

Rain rot problems?

I recently got a mare that was covered in rain rot, pretty much the whole top half of the horse. I wasn't able to treat it as aggressively as I would have liked because it was so darn cold out here. I bought a mare and foal supplement to add to her grain because I couldn't find the cattle vitamins locally. Got a feed store to get me ration balancer on a regular basis and the rain rot mostly healed on it's own. Stopped the vitamins once the ration balancer started. I think she was on them less than 2 weeks. By that time only a bit where the largest lesions were was left.
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