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Reply To: Frustrated and confused

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I think Dr. Wagner’s “R & R” prescription is spot on – he may have been pressured during the “training” and needs both mental and physical relief.
Being a nutritionist, I also like to make sure that the diet is optimal; if there are any major deficiencies or excesses this can make a difference on the effectiveness of any treatments you use. Horse owners are often surprised when, with just getting all the basic or “minimum” nutritional needs met, a lot of other issues seem to improve dramatically. No “magic bullets”, just a solid nutritional foundation.
At minimum, I would want to use a well rounded supplement that supplies at least his daily requirements for most minerals and vitamins. But you need to be cautious in supplementing major minerals – unless you test the hay (which should be the foundation of his diet) first you may worsen things like calcium-phosphorus ratios instead of making them better.
I would start with something like Glanzen3 or LinPro which have high levels of copper and zinc, plus provide Omega-3 and some other important nutrients. https://www.smartpakequine.com/charts/glanzen-3-1420p
https://www.smartpakequine.com/charts/linpro-3733p
Add iodized salt or use plain salt plus Source for iodine https://www.smartpakequine.com/source-93p. If not on pasture, add extra vitamin E.
I would also talk with my vet about checking thyroid and selenium levels. Thyroid function is a bit like the conductor of the orchestra for what goes on in the rest of the body, while selenium helps everything stay on key.
You can check http://www.equi-analytical.com for more information on testing your hay.

Hope this helps.
Patti Woodbury Kuvik
in Vail AZ

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