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Adding a Supplement?

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  • peteandsam Original Poster peteandsam
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    this summer I got my first horse- an 8 year old OTTB who had raced 67 times.
    he has no health issues- just a bit thin. I have been thinking of putting him on SmartCombo Ultra, because it seems to be a good all-around supplement plus it offers colicare. He has pretty good feet for a TB, but I think a hoof supplement would be beneficial. I like everything I have heard about the supplement, but would like some opinions, i’m a newbie :)
    I will be asking my trainer and my vet what they think of this too :)
    thank you!

    3 Phases, 2 Hearts, 1 Passion. Eventing.

    pheets pheets
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    Oops : D
    Saw your other thread first and posted there before I even saw this one..Sorry for pressing on the “get a trainer” thing over there! I would still like to know how long Pete has been off the track tho, as that would help ME give you a better answer on THIS thread : )

    If you got him fresh off the track this summer, it could go one way, if he’s been off the track for a year or better, it could go another.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    peteandsam Original Poster peteandsam
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    Pheets- he has been of the track since last November, but only in training since this July :)

    3 Phases, 2 Hearts, 1 Passion. Eventing.

    pheets pheets
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    Cool. Facts to work with..Thank you for answering : )

    SmartCombo is a fairly dense supplement, covering several areas of appeal with several components blended in. Are you having specific issues that could/should be addressed or are you thinking prevention? Much of what the product offers can be found in better quality feeds. Take care to read your feed analysis before deciding on a supp. Some grains, Triple Crown for example, can be very nutrient and supplement dense and to add to it can be overkill in some instances. Keep the ratios and doses as close to package directions as possible so as not to over or underachieve your goal.

    Not saying supplements aren’t necessary or useful, and definitely not saying don’t do it.. Just saying that I tend to want to address most issues thru proper diet and/or physical therapy first if possible (not directly related but in general: try hard to keep hay/graze in front of him 24/7 this WILL help minimize existing ulcers or help prevent them altogether). Then, as the work load increases or as the daily stress and nutrient demand warrants, evaluate and go from there. Be careful NOT to get caught up in the “supplements can be shortcuts” train wreck that it CAN become. Supplements, ‘specially joint, are NOT a passport to harder, longer, more strenuous training sessions. Take proper care of legs, joints and horse at all times with or without supps, and the supplement boat just might be affordable and more effective when/if you actually do need them. Could you consider something a little less compounded to start with, like MSM? What is going on that causes you to consider supps in the first place? What is he doing or not doing that creates your interest?

    There are two schools of thought on supps. One is to use them extensively as preventatives, the other being: this is the issue, this is the fix. Neither is wrong but folks do have their preferences and opinions about it. Be particular, supplement with what you NEED, stay in touch with vet and trainer. Research before you decide.

    Pete is lucky to have you, Sam : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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