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post #11 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 12:40 PM
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A little premeasured scoop of All Phase Ration Balancer

A little premeasured scoop of All Phase Ration Balancer
1/2 to 1 scoop of electrolytes depending on the temperature of the day and the work for the day
MSM joint supplement *
Hyaluronic acid pellet supplement *
Hoof/coat/joint supplement **

* My old trainer convinced me that my horse has joint problems. 3 vets and over $1,000 later, there are no joint problems. She tried to convince me that only she could see the problem and would often claim my horse was "3 legged lame" when he simply wasn't. She didn't like Arabians and didn't know how one moved - she was used to little choppy strided TB's and WB's. I had bought the supplements because of this but he doesn't really need them. The money's already spent so he's eating them!

** A boarder's horse died and he had a brand new bucket of this combo supplement in his locker. The boarder very generously gave it to me (It's a $50 bucket brand new!) so I'm feeding it to my horse because I already have it.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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post #12 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 01:36 PM
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I never thought I'd be one of those people who uses a million different supplements but here I am...

I'm in the midst of changing up some supplements at the moment. In particular, I'm replacing U-gard & ProBios with Succeed (for digestive health; my horse shows some signs of ulcers but has not been scoped)

He also gets Cough Free (for seasonal allergies), MSM (preventative joint health), and flax seed (for a shiny coat).

My horse's main feed is a ration balancer (Triple Crown 30% supplement), beet pulp, and hay.
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post #13 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by KissTheRing View Post
In general would you say your "extras" are to build weight/maintain weight or stablize a condition? Or is there another use to your products?

I dont grain as well because my horses dont need it- So I really dont know much about supplments =)

I feed supplements like Red Cell, for example (or corn oil) as a 'booster' with the intent to 'maintain' my horses at a certain level. When my horses are conditioning for endurance, they tend to deplete certain minerals/electrolytes/iron/etc faster than the other minerals/etc so adding supplements keeps the balance. Their body learns to expect the supplement in the food intake, and will leave the body's reserve alone.

For example, some vitamins/minerals won't do their thing unless they are in the presence of other vitas/mins - like, you can't absorb iron without the help of vitamin C - that kind of thing and exercise/muscle building/even aerobic conditioning can begin to deplete a horse's reserves. Any excess supplement that the horse can't use just gets peed out or metabolized via the liver and generally won't cause issues (BUT!! there are exceptions for things like copper/selenium/and some higher levels of vitamin A and a few others) so you have to do your homework - you want to make sure you aren't going to eventually compromise the liver/kidney.

The biggest problem I hear about is folks who feed a complete (or almost complete feed) that already has a vita/min supplement built in and then they go and add another vita supplement to the feed - they overdose selenium and BOOM - bad trouble.
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post #14 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 03:50 PM
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Free choice coastal grass hay, then a joint supplement and ration balancer, though right now the latter two are mixed into a cup of strategy because Jayne doesn't like to eat the joint supplement by itself. Salt/trace mineral block available.

I know some people who mix up a stew of different things. So long as they're happy and the horse is healthy, I guess.
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post #15 of 40 Old 07-30-2012, 02:35 PM
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24-7 pasture. Candy gets soaked alfalfa cubes, rice bran, and a mineral and vitamin supplement. Casey gets a handful of soaked alfalfa cubes with the mineral and vity supplement and her joint supplement.

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post #16 of 40 Old 07-30-2012, 02:41 PM
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My mare gets 3.5 pounds of rice bran daily, split between to meals, and a cup of Cool Calories for extra fat and flavor. It smells like pixie sticks, and apparently tastes pretty good. I'm currently looking for a good vitamin supplement (this change of diet was recent, so I'm still figuring it out). She also gets MSM and electrolytes as needed.

She's on pasture 12 hours a day, and gets no additional hay during the summer.

For treats, I feed a handful of alfalfa pellets and an occasional apple or carrot.
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post #17 of 40 Old 07-31-2012, 12:55 PM
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My guys get 4lbs of Dumor Equistages daily (more or less depending on weight) with Farnam weight builder maintenance dose added in just for the omega 3 benefits, free choice hay and access to plentiful pasture 24/7

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post #18 of 40 Old 07-31-2012, 02:18 PM
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My horse is a fairly easty keeper, but he is in a lot of work so I do supplement him. He eats a good quality 30% alfalfa, grass and fescue hay at 2% of body weight per day ( approx 22 lbs ) spread out over 4 feeds.
I only feed him hard feed once per day. He gets about 1 lb of 50% alfalfa cubes, soaked. 2 lbs of ration balancer ( soy hulls, flax, rice bran ) with a vit/min additive, yeast culture, added selenium. And I add a hoof supplement and a magnesium supplement and a cup of oats.
I have been thinking about switching the magnesium for a complete electrolyte though.

Basically focus on low starch, high fat and then add in things the horse needs. For mine its more protein and the magnesium and biotin.
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post #19 of 40 Old 07-31-2012, 04:31 PM
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Mine currently gets roughly 2 lbs of 12 or 14% protein (the bm tells me different things) 6% fat low starch pellet. He gets 2 flks of hay twice a day and an extra flake in the afternoon when he doesn't go out during the day. He's getting three smartpak supps - first level joint maintenance for light work/training, omega for healthy skin and coat as well as helping to balance the omega levels in his body all around, and a hoof supplement to keep his young feet healthy with his shoes on.

If I were keeping him on this feed, I'd be putting in a vit/min supplement because this feed is not working for him. He's on it now because the barn feeds it and I have it a chance for a month. I'm displeased with what I'm seeing, so he's going on Strategy GX next month at the recommendation of a vet. She told me to avoid low starch/low carb feed because he's still growing. Then, I can probably get rid of some if not all of the supps.
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post #20 of 40 Old 07-31-2012, 05:17 PM
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Right now, my horses are strictly on hay, I'm thinking of putting some oil in my mares feed tho.

I'm getting a new horse in just about a month here, so I'll definitely arrange something with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. It's very hot around here, and if we'll be riding and conditioning a lot, we're both gonna need them.
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