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xGirugamesh 05-15-2013 09:41 PM

Do I need a multivitamin?
 
My horse gets four flakes of coastal a day, and about 2-3 lbs (estimate, I use a scoop and a quarter instead of weighing) of grain a day, but it isn't a "fortified" grain. It has rolled oats, barley, corn, flax seed I think, and vegetable oil. The woman I purchased my horse from had him and all of her horses on this grain (I buy it from her), and I decided to keep him on this diet because there have been no complications with it. He also has a salt lick and electrolytes in his feed.

Anyway, he keeps weight on and his coat is extremely healthy looking, and he is very energetic. So I was wondering 1) if he needs a multivitamin, and 2) if it would be alright to put him on a muscle builder. He shed his extra fat pretty easily, but he hasn't muscled out very noticeably and I don't know if it's due to a lack of vitamins or if he needs a little boost.

Left Hand Percherons 05-16-2013 11:41 AM

If the grain is not fortified, than I would add a vitamin/mineral blend. You can then ditch the electrolytes because they are just salt, sugars and some minerals. As far as the weight builder save your $$. He gets plenty of protein from your hay and now he just needs work to build the muscle back up.

toosexy4myspotz 05-16-2013 04:05 PM

Because I dont use a fortified feed I added a multi vit/min to all my horses feeds but the amount varies depending on the horse and the fact that area is difficient in several minerals.

xGirugamesh 05-16-2013 11:34 PM

Thanks, that's probably what I'll end up doing. However I don't want to waste like $25 of electrolytes, so do you guys think that it'd be okay to switch him to a mineral salt lick until I run down on the electrolytes? Because I also need to buy bell boots and some other tack and my budget is a tad tight d:

Left Hand Percherons 05-17-2013 12:29 AM

The problem with the salt lick is it has even less minerals than the electrolytes have. It's typically 96% salt and only trace minerals (minerals that the horse needs in very, very small amounts). It will also have zero vitamins. He does need plain old white salt. You won't kill him as you work towards switching him over. If it takes you a month or so, don't worry about it. You will be spending less on the vitamin/mineral blend that you did on the electrolytes (with much better values).

xGirugamesh 05-17-2013 12:44 AM

Alright, that's fine with me. Thank you(:

SnowCowgirl 06-07-2013 07:48 PM

Left Hand - are you saying that they need plain white salt even when they have access to a salt block?
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