December 28, 2015 at 9:19 pmeq.riderforlife Original PosterTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 0
Hey everyone! This is my first time posting on here so i would like to introduce myself and my mare. My name is Claire and i’m from Michigan. I have been riding for over 10 years and two years ago I acquired a percheronX tb mare. She was INCREDIBLY green! She lacked everything in every aspect, except for her loving personality.
Thus far, we have started eventing and A LOT of dressage work and so far so good. However, now that she is stable and very fit i really want to put her on a supplement. I have used the Wizard on here, however i dont know if that is 100% correct? I have been doing a lot of research about supplemental needs for horses and their nutritional needs. She is currently being switch from 2.5 lbs. of Tribute feed to 1.5 lbs. to Progressive feed, both are pelleted. The switch obviously is being taken very slowly and gradually.
But my question is what supplement(s)? I have heard fantastic things about Flax seed when feeding it to your horse. She has an ok-pretty coat and her feet are barefoot with some cracking during very wet or dry months. She is rather long backed, so it took forever to build up enough topline muscle and hind quarter muscle. During the summer she has mild allergies, sometimes moderate. She has had a few colicky-ish episodes, and has had suspected ulcers (during winter).
I would really appreciate all helpful advice or thoughts, thanks in advanced!December 29, 2015 at 6:53 amJoe-JoeTopics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205
Supplements are great to correct deficiencies. Otherwise, why bother? Mine get an assortment of things, but only because they have some special needs. If your feed contains the correct amount of flax already, save your money. If not, by all means go to your feed store and buy some – it is not expensive and can help.
It is never the horse's faultJanuary 18, 2016 at 10:50 amDressageRider5Topics Started: 6Replies Posted: 14
I personally love feeding flax. It gives my mare a nice shiny coat and has helped her feet.January 25, 2016 at 1:21 pmBuddyTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 5
We have some horses on Flaxseed and others that are not, it really comes down to what YOUR horse needs – each one is very different. Flaxseed is a great supplement but your post indicated that her coat and feet are doing fairly well. If the coat is just a little dull, consistent grooming without a lot of bathing will help. What a horse eats, if a good balanced diet, with bring out a natural shine along with little grooming. The feed might have some of the ingredients in it already but maybe not enough for a balanced diet. Read the ingredients and see what is in there and the amount in the feed. Remember to calculate the ingredient amounts with how much you are feeding your horse. Tribute feeds have several additional ingredients like probiotics, prebiotics and vitamins. I am not familiar with the Progressive Feed you are switching to, it would be worth a look to see what additional ingredients are added.
In you post you indicated that your horse had a long back, some colicy issues and suspected ulcers. That, in my opinion, is where you really need to look at adding a supplement. Flaxseed is great for coat and feet but really does not do too much for the GI track. There are hundreds of supplements to choose from, but you can start with the wizard or search products to cover what you want specifically. The long back may cause some stiffness in the joints and finding out if she has ulcers unless you have her scoped by a vet, it will be a trial watching her attitude and willingness as you try a product. The colicy issues can be helped with looking at what goes in her mouth (that is everything) and a supplement to help “coat or calm down” the system. If you call Smartpak and speak to someone that may help narrow things down for you too. There products are not just Smartpak products as you know. This is a very deep topic and hard to generalize but Yes, it sounds as though she would benefit from some kind of supplement.
Let me know if you have any other questions. Good Luck.
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