Fireside Chat Video – Over-Supplementing Your Horse

In our latest episode, Nick discusses over-supplementing your horse. For some time at Grand Meadows we have been concerned about the widespread issue of over-feeding of horse supplements. It’s done with all good intentions. Combine greater nutritional knowledge with an ever expanding and, frankly, overwhelming supply of different horse supplements available in the marketplace.

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Over-Supplementing Your Horse – Part 2

Horse Supplements

Funnily enough I just got off the phone with a trainer crying the blues about her feed room and how crazy her clients are about feeding multiple supplements. So along with numerous other conversations with trainers it is readily apparent that this problem, if anything, is getting worse. Again, as I finished in the last blog, this is not supposed to scare you but to make you more aware of potential pitfalls of feeding multiple supplements, none of which were necessarily designed to be fed together and on that note we will get into the minerals.

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Over-Supplementing – Make Sure You Don’t Follow This Common Practice

Horse Supplements

For some time at Grand Meadows we have been concerned about the widespread issue of over-feeding of horse supplements. It’s done with all good intentions ….combine greater nutritional knowledge with an ever expanding and, frankly, overwhelming supply of different horse supplements available in the marketplace. 

Even if you are relatively conservative with supplements you might still be feeding ingredient(s) that, perhaps together with a fortified grain product, could be potentially harmful by upsetting mineral ratios for example. At the very least people are often wasting money. This sentiment may be surprising coming from a horse supplement manufacturer but our core principle is the health of your horse not shoving as many products as possible at you.  I can remember on numerous occasions advising customers not to feed one of our supplements for one reason or another, which is normally met with a certain amount of surprise. At the other end of the scale I hear of other, high profile horse supplement manufacturers constantly pushing additional products on top of any other supplements the customer might be feeding. One manufacturer, which claims an all in one complete nutrition product, will happily promote the idea of feeding multiple additional formulas in addition to their “all-in-one” product under what can only be described as a relentless effort to glean as much money as they possibly can from their customers without any concern as to the cumulative effect of so many additional ingredients.

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The Whole Ulcer Thingy

The Problem with Horse Ulcers

People call us all the time asking do we carry ulcer supplements for horses and judging by feedback there are numerous companies that will be more than happy to make that claim however erroneous it may be.

We basically have a systemic problem with gastric ulcers in horses with an estimate of 65%-70% of performance horses and over 90% of racehorses being affected. We are also overwhelmed with a multitude of horse digestion supplements making all kinds of claims to “fix” ulcers.

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Your horse did what?

Calming for Horses

So lucky you, you got the crazy mare, you lunge her, lower the carbs in the diet, offer a prayer to various deities and yet when you want her to do the work she acts like she is on crystal meth.

Hmmm how do we fix this? If I had a dollar for every rider who has come up to me at shows over the years with similar stories asking what horse calming supplement to feed, I would be lying on a beach on a tropical isle with a drink with an umbrella in it.

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