opinions on Dark Horse NU Imaga
I am looking at supplements and thinking about getting one to help with fading this summer Now that we have 2 Dark horses.. has anyone used this or known anyone who has?
here is a link to view the product Dark Horse NU Image - 5 pound | KV Supply
Also if you know of any others that have worked for you..
The color enhancing ingredient in all the similar feed supplements is paprika. It's cheap. I also see the greatest results of feeding flax to the darker horses. There will be duplication and excesses if you feed this in addition to a vitamin/mineral blend either loose, in a RB or in a mixed feed. See how it fits into your feeding program.
Do keep in mind that if you show and if your horse could be drug tested, paprika does test positive.
I don't show. My daughter is in 4H how ever I have never seen them test a horse.. right now I do not feed supplements just Nutrena Safe Choice and grass hay.
will be starting simple with MSN. the only thing I am wishing is to help with fading with out having to sheet or keep in during the day.
if I was to just ad Paprika to the feedings how much? Our boys are 10 and 15 and both are about 900 too 1000 pounds
If the Dark Horse dosage is 2-4 oz, it's probably less than 50% paprika so 1-2 oz. I think I've seen paprika at Costco for $4/#. (it's been a while so it's probably more). I would add some type of fat either oil or flax if you're dry and arid. It will help give the coat some life if they're not getting green grass.
I have been looking for some Flax products I like what I see with them I will have to do more research.
I should add that I am currently doing a shedding formula that my husband swears by it is Oil and eggs once a day mixed in feed for 12 days. My Mare Shed out so nice last year and everyone wanted to know what we did.. I am doing this with my Boy now my daughters gelding don't like it so he is not getting it
I know someone who had that same "secret" recipe. Her Hackney road pony was always looking good. Make sense. Egg protein is the perfect protein.
Anyway my 2 cents on flax products:
They are a ton out there. They are ground flax, maybe some vitamins and minerals, maybe some prebiotics, maybe some filler. You pay dearly for the convenience of having them grind it for you. They take a product that will run you $.80/# when you buy it from the feed store whole and jack the price up over $5/# if you're not careful. If you have to buy it online and pay for shipping...:shock:... Most of the brown flax is grown in ND and Alberta so it shouldn't be that hard for your feed store to get it in if they don't already carry it. You will feed about 4oz (one tuna fish can) a day. It will complement the MSM nicely. It's good to start the coat additives now as the summer coat is coming in.
I feed my blue roan gelding paprika and flax because he tends to fade in the summer. He didn't fade at all last summer, and I can only attribute it to his diet. I give a tablespoon a day of paprika, NOT the hot paprika, and 1/2cup of freshly ground flax a day. I just restarted the paprika this last week because now is when summer coat is starting to come in, and you need to start feeding it before the hair grows. Also check into mineral deficiencies, as certain minerals deficiencies can make the hair more likely to bleach out, like a lack of copper and zinc.
I buy flax in a 50lb bag from the feed store and it costs me about $45, I bought this bag last August, I'm almost positive it will last me close to August again, feeding 2 horses. You don't want to feed more than 1 cup a day though, as it can upset omega balance, and I prefer to feed freshly ground vs whole. Whole will keep almost indefinitely if its kept in a dry clean container, where as freshly ground will only last around a week, or less if its very humid and hot, in a dry clean container, as it spoils easily. So the best bet is to either grind it fresh, or buy stabilized flax products, which are inherently more expensive. There have been new studies saying that you don't need to grind it for it to be digested properly, even if you see whole flax in the manure, it apparently can still be digested through the shell, although its not that much more work to grind it and be positive they are getting its many benefits.
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