Re: horse sensitive to mineral supplementation
I’ve been advised to feed her 500g Tim-alfalfa hay cubes, and Omneity and the Amino Trace supplements, with added salt, and flax seed. For full disclosure, the nutritionist that has been helping me does work for Mad Barn, and both of those supplements are sold by them.
I had originally contacted them due to the pipestream diarrhea and excessive gas that my mare has when fed their Amino Trace supplement. They advised that it was probably another deficiency in her diet that was causing these symptoms. Mad Barn have been fantastic to deal with, and I can’t fault them at all, but the suggestions they made I don’t think will be very helpful. Her symptoms started while she has been on their supplement, and have now stopped since I stopped feeding it. She does not have weight to lose, her ribs are slightly visible, and I’m not willing to reduce her caloric intake heading into a Canadian winter. The nutritionist was recommending against beet pulp as a feed for IR horses, which I found quite surprising, due to its high calories.
Presently my mare gets (per feed, twice a day): 500g dried weight of beet pulp, 250g Purina Integrity, 300-400g Tim-Alf hay cubes (approx 2-3 cups, it’s a small scoop I use), 0.5c ground flax, 1c of hemp seeds. She was getting the Amino Trace, but I have stopped that since last Friday, and I don’t have a vit/min supplement yet as I was waiting for the nutritionist to get back to me. She also receives 5g/day of chaste tree berry, and 1oz of remission.
My veterinarian saw her less than two weeks ago and was happy with how she looked, even being a little leaner, and was not concerned about her weight or condition. Again, bringing me back to the confusion I have about the suggestion to change and reduce her feed.
Clare in NS, Canada 2020
Cory; IR/EMS 2000 ASB mare