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Useage And Problem Solving Guide

07 Jul, 2016

Useage And Problem Solving Guide

Notes on Feeding Supplements:

Introducing a new supplement to your horse: Most horses that receive nutritional supplements do so to support or improve a basic physiological function. The fact that an individual horse is being fed a nutritional supplement usually implies that something related to the horse’s health and/or performance is less than desired. Such horses often display selective eating habits and can be very finicky and picky about what is added to or taken away from their daily ration. Whenever a new nutritional supplement is introduced to your horse there are a few things that can be done to increase the chances that your horse will learn to accept the new supplement in his or her daily ration:

  1. Begin by feeding a very small amount mixed in with your horse’s normal ration. Then slowly increase the amount added per day until the recommended amount is being consumed by your horse.
  2. Moisten the feed with a small amount of water after adding the new supplement in order to facilitate the supplement mixing and sticking to the normal feed so that your horse cannot easily separate the supplement from the feed
  3. Add apple sauce or molasses to the supplement before mixing it with your horse’s normal ration
  4. Make a drench out of the supplement by mixing it with water, applesauce and/or molasses and drench your horse with it using a 60cc catheter tip syringe or dosing syringe. After a few days of receiving a new supplement via drench most horses will begin accepting it mixed with their feed as they become accustom to the supplement’s taste and odor.

Following feeding recommendations: In order to achieve optimal results from any nutritional supplementation program:

  • It is important that the recommended feeding rate for specific supplements be followed. Do not increase or decrease the recommended daily feeding rate once your horse is accustom to the supplement(s) being included in his or her ration.
  • Do Not mix and match supplements with similar ingredients or nutrients without first consulting with a nutritionist or veterinarian.
  • Commit to a specific supplement program and continue to include all supplements in a specific supplement program in your horse’s diet for the minimum recommended amount of time or longer in order to achieve the desired results of the supplement program. Many supplement programs can take more than 30 days and some more than 6 months before the desired results can expect to be observed.

 


Problem Solving Guide 

Problem

Basic Cause

Supplement Choices

Poor Hair Coat

nutrient deficiency, abnormal immune function

Equine Nutrimix (powder or pellet), Equine Nutrimix Plus, Fish Oil Factor, E/C, Immune Health Program

Poor Hoof Quality

nutrient deficiency, genetics, environmental conditions

Equine Nutrimix Plus, Fish Oil Factor, Hoof Health Program

Hard Keeper

nutrient deficiency, poor digestive function, poor appetite

Equine Nutrimix or Equine Nutrimix Plus, ADR, Fish Oil Factor, Hind Gut Health Program

Diarrhea or Loose Manure

Intestinal inflammation, excess soil/sand buildup in intestine, electrolyte imbalance

ADR, Fish Oil Factor, Hind Gut Health Program

Excess Gas Production

Unbalanced fermentation in large intestine

ADR, Hind Gut Health Program

Chronic Colic

Intestinal inflammation, poor fermentation in large intestine

Hind Gut Health Program

Gastric Ulcers

Physical or Emotional Stress, poor nutritional management

Gastrogard/Ulcergard (see your veterinarian)

Colonic Ulcers/Hind Gut Inflammation

Physical or Emotional Stress, poor nutritional management

Hind Gut Health Program

Skin Conditions/Hives

Poor Immune function

Immune Health Program

Navicular Syndrome

Conformation faults, poor hoof mechanics

Ortho-Max, Fish Oil Factor, Surge

Strained Tendon/Ligament

Poor hoof mechanics, poor footing, fatigue, trauma

Surge, Ortho-Max

Poor Heat Tolerance

Poor water balance in intestine, metabolic pH too low, unbalanced electrolytes

TurboMag BCAA, E/C

Anhydrosis (non-sweat)

environmental conditions, poor immune function, unbalanced metabolic pH

TurboMag BCAA

Poor Appetite

Gastric ulcers, intestinal inflammation, poor fermentation in large intestine

ADR Paste, TurboMag BCAA

Low Water Intake

Unbalanced metabolic pH, Unbalanced fermentation in large intestine, unbalanced electrolytes

TurboMag BCAA

Laminitis

Multiple factors

Surge, Ortho-Max, Fish Oil Factor, Equine Nutrimix Plus

Problem Solving Guide

 

Problem

Basic Cause

Supplement Choices

Quarter Cracks

poor hoof mechanics, poor hoof quality, trauma

Surge, Fish Oil Factor. Equine Nutrimix Plus

Sesamoiditis

nutrient deficiency, poor conformation, genetics, trauma, poor hoof mechanics

Surge, Ortho-Max, Fish Oil Factor, Equine Nutrimix Plus

DOD

nutrient deficiency, poor conformation, genetics, trauma, poor hoof mechanics

Surge, Ortho-Max, Fish Oil Factor, Equine Nutrimix Plus/Equine Nutrimix

Bone Fracture

trauma, nutrient deficiency/imbalance

Surge, Ortho-Max, Fish Oil Factor, Equine Nutrimix Plus/Equine Nutrimix

Splints

poor hoof mechanics, poor conformation, nutrient deficiency/imbalance, trauma

Equine Nutrimix or Equine Nutrimix Plus, Ortho-Max

Low Energy

Poor digestive function, metabolic insufficiency

TurboMag BCAA, Moving Up, Fish Oil Factor

Low Stamina

Poor digestive function, metabolic insufficiency

TurboMag BCAA, Moving Up, Fish Oil Factor, E/C

Poor Muscle Development

Nutrient deficiency/imbalance, genetics, metabolic insufficiency, spinal subluxation, poor conformation

Moving Up, Equine Nutrimix/Equine Nutrimix Plus, Fish Oil Factor

Hard to get to focus on job

Temperament, physical discomfort, under or over training

Engage

Overly anxious/fearful

Temperament, physical discomfort, under or over training, exposure to new situation

Engage

Osteoarthritis

Poor conformation, genetics, “wear and tear”

OrthoMax, Fish Oil Factor

Insulin Resistance

Genetics, unbalanced nutrient intake/management

ADR, Fish Oil Factor, Equine Nutrimix/Equine Nutrimix Plus

Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), “Cushings”

Age, genetics

ADR, Fish Oil Factor, Equine Nutrimix/Equine Nutrimix Plus

Tying Up (PSSM, RER, GBED, other myopathies)

Genetics, unbalanced nutrient intake/management

TurboMag BCAA, E/C, Fish Oil Factor, ADR, Equine Nutrimix/Equine Nutrimix Plus, Moving Up

EPM

parasites Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora hughesi

Surge, E/C, Fish Oil Factor, Equine Nutrimix/Equine Nutrimix Plus, OrthoMax

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