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  • Are raspberry leaves from your garden good for horses
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    04-19-2012, 10:51 AM
Green Broke
supplement questions!

I am feeding my mare once a day (am) and am givin her two scoops of raspberry leaves as well.
It was suggested by the vet to start her on some cosequin. The cosequin instructions state to feed for a loading dose 3 scoops in am and 3 in pm then the maitnence dose is 1 or 2 scoops a day after the 28 days for the loading dose.

I feel like 6 scoops a day is a lot but that's what it said for her weight range (between 600-1200 pds) she only weighs around 800 pounds but how should I start feeding this to her? She doesn't get grained at night either so I'm not sure!

I'm not up to par on the whole supplement thing. Also, is it safe to feed with the raspberry leaves daily?

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    04-19-2012, 11:18 AM
Raspberry Leafs??!!?? I sure would not feed a horse such an off-the wall suggestion!! Just My 2 Cents Worth......
    04-19-2012, 11:19 AM
The loading dose is set up to allow the medication to correctly build in her system. Too much at once and it will not do any good.
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    04-19-2012, 11:21 AM
Originally Posted by candandy49    
Raspberry Leafs??!!?? I sure would not feed a horse such an off-the wall suggestion!! Just My 2 Cents Worth......
Ah - it's a common practice. Sold as "Mare magic" Mare Magic - Horse Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine
    04-19-2012, 11:37 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by candandy49    
Raspberry Leafs??!!?? I sure would not feed a horse such an off-the wall suggestion!! Just My 2 Cents Worth......

I guess I'm so 'off the wall then'
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    04-19-2012, 11:42 AM
Green Broke
Mls- for nights then(being she only gets fed in the am) would you suggest I maybe feed it to her with a bit of grain? Or syringe it to her?

And once the loading dose is over I can just feed 1-2 scoops once a day, right? So in the am she can have the cosequin and leaves and it shouldn't be an issue mixing the two?
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    04-19-2012, 12:02 PM
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
I guess I'm so 'off the wall then'
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I am so very sorry that I responded as I did about the raspberry leafs. Little did I know that the product Mare Magic is crushed raspberry leafs. At 62 I am still learning something new everyday.
    04-19-2012, 12:04 PM
Green Broke
No worries! I get that response all the time... 'you feed your horse raspberry leaves? Is that even safe??'

It totally works when you have a crazy pony when she's in heat who likes to rear and be a completely untouchable mess! The leaves have really helped calm her down during her cycles
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    04-25-2012, 06:13 PM
Can you split her daily ration into two feedings, at least during the loading dose phase? If that's not possible then feeding with a handful of grain at night should be OK (or better yet, a handful of grass pellets)

Feeding the cosequin and raspberry leaves at the same time shouldn't be an issue at all. There are several horses at my barn who get Mare Magic with other supplements at the same time.
    04-26-2012, 12:43 AM
Raspberry leaves aren't an 'off the wall' ingredient at all & are obviously quite tasty too - I've got to watch my bushes when the horses are around my garden.

If you're hard feeding, especially if it's grain, you should be feeding over a few or more meals daily anyway. Grain/starchy ingredients are often problematic for horses, particularly when not fed little & often.

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