Originally Posted by Arc_De_Triumphe View Post
What supplements do you feed or have fed and loved in the past and why!?
I also like Trifecta
because it adds Vitamin E, which most multivitamins do not add in a high enough quantity, and Selenium, which is helpful because we live in a very Selenium poor area. If I were to add probiotics, biotin and joint supplements to a multivitamin individually, it would cost me more than Trifecta, which combines these.
I give my OTTB SmartCalm Ultra
, because it has Magnesium and also Thiamine. He has stifle issues, and I've seen improved muscle development and movement since putting him on the additional Magnesium.
Both of my horses are on Farrier's Formula Double Strength
. I had the horses on a different hoof supplement, and didn't think I needed it when I switched to Trifecta for a multivitamin. But their hooves began chipping more easily, so now I have them back on it. I checked on FeedXL and with just Trifecta they weren't getting enough Copper. There is a lot of iron in the hay, which can make horses deficient in Zinc and Copper.
The "outlier" supplement I have my horses on is Uckele Tri Amino
. I put my OTTB on Equinety (also an Amino Acid supplement), but someone on the forum pointed out that Equinety has great advertising but Tri Amino has higher doses of the essential AAs while also being much cheaper. After having my TB on the AA supplement, he started moving very well so I decided to put my mare on it also. We have a lot of rain here, and some of the proteins are washed out of the pasture and hay. Since my horses are looking better on the Amino Acids, I am assuming they were not getting some of the essential AAs in their feed.
In the past some supplements I have used and liked:
When I had an ulcer prone mare I had her on SmartDigest Ultra
, which seemed to work very well. I also used EquiShure
from Kentucky Equine when she had ulcers, to help heal any hindgut issues. It seemed to make her manure less acidic.
Before I was giving my horses Trifecta I had them on Smart and Simple Vitamin E plus Selenium
, and my older mare was on Smartflex Senior
An FYI, a friend who has difficulty affording Trifecta gives regular Horse Guard vitamins every other day, which helps her with the cost.