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post #1 of 16 Old 04-16-2019, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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What are some supplements you guys feed your horses? Joint supplements or putting chia seeds in food? What do you feed and why do you feed it?

I currently don't have my two year old on any supplements. I always try to stick with cheaper supplements and only if they actually need it since I don't usually keep horses for too long. My last mare, I had her on a double dose of MSM, since she got rode pretty hard and I did a lot of different things with her. My older gelding I sold a while back had to be on Previcox in order to stay sound.

I'm just curious to hear what other people feed and the reasoning behind it!
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-16-2019, 03:22 PM
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My arab responded well to Springtime brands chondroitan sulfate for joints. He was too stiff and sore to ride without it. Other cheaper brands didn't work for him. My paso gets some treats with vitamins in them and of course they all have a mineral block salt lick. My kmh is at a different barn and they mix up a mash every night with vitamins and garlic to help keep flies away.

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-16-2019, 08:11 PM
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Only thing I give is amino acids and vitamin e, then pentosan IM for his joints. There's not enough convincing evidence that most supplements do anything, so I with the most efficacy.
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I give Minnie loose rock salt and Magnesium. The loose rock salt is to encourage water intake, as my BO had been noticing that her water level of her tank doesn't change nearly as much as it should. The Magnesium is to help take the edge off, as she is a very anxious, nervous horse.
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Our endurance horses get Myo-Gard (vit E, selenium, vit C, mag) for muscle support, FasTrack for gut support, and fresh ground flax seed as a fat supplement during competition season. They also get garlic granules part of the year to help with the bugs.
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My kmh is at a different barn and they mix up a mash every night with vitamins and garlic to help keep flies away.
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They also get garlic granules part of the year to help with the bugs.
Do you guys think the garlic seems to help with the bugs? I've always heard about it but never tried it!
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Only thing I give is amino acids and vitamin e, then pentosan IM for his joints. There's not enough convincing evidence that most supplements do anything, so I with the most efficacy.
I agree! I try to keep it as simple as possible. The amount of supplements some horses are on is insane!
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Pi gets King Feeds Ultra 20/20, a little Perfect Balance Electrolytes and Cosequin ASU for her joints. She works hard in all types of weather and she is not youngster anymore.

Scarlett is up at Matt's, but the only supplement she is on is the Ultra 20/20.

They both have free access to a salt block if they choose.
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I give mine Smartpak Smartcombo supplements. It is supposed to provide "ingredients for joint, hindgut, hoof & coat health." I feel like any ridden horse would probably do well with some joint supplement, hindgut is crucial, and of course "no hoof no horse." The coat thing is probably just a bonus, but when Pony shed his winter coat this year (he's been on the supplements regularly since late summer) his spring coat was blindingly shiny. He's just a really sleek, healthy, good-looking pony to begin with, though. Moonshine did not get as shiny, but her sparse mane seems to be filling in.

Also a ration balancer. Where I live we have high selenium and low iron in our soil, so I had to find one that had less selenium and more iron.

I bought flax to grind myself and put in their feed for the healthy fat, and I did that for maybe two weeks, but then I just kept forgetting.
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Do you guys think the garlic seems to help with the bugs? I've always heard about it but never tried it!
I think it helps - which is not the same as saying no bug comes anywhere near them.

Two of our horses are particularly sensitive to biting gnats.. every year, they would wind up with open weepy places along their bellies and under their jaws. After trying fly masks and fly sheets and swat and every kind of spray known, I finally figured I had nothing to lose by trying the garlic. After a couple weeks, I noticed the open places were gone. Coincidence? Could be, but sure convinced me!

And I just went to Sam's Club and bought a big container of granulated garlic, as that was much cheaper than the garlic supplements with pictures of horses on the container.


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