Supplement Fun

Supplements, fun to shop for, less fun if the horse doesn’t eat them. I used Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength from Life Data Labs, Inc. for about 6 weeks. This is a great supplement, most horses eat it, this picky eater included, and it really makes a difference in the hooves after just a few months. La Prima’s hooves are excellent and grow quick on their own, so we don’t have to continue with it, just a kickstart as there was a lot of trimming and rebalancing the first month.

Next up was Joint Combo Hoof & Coat from Horse Health.  Great stuff too, but adding more glucosamine seemed like the thing to do.  I already wrote about AniMed’s Glucosamine 5000 here, great stuff and I’d like to keep using it.

AniMed also carries MSM and after asking my vet it’s now in the supplement bag too.  It’s really common stuff, but there’s really no telling if it will do anything for this particular horse.

I loaded according to the instructions, then cut to the maintenance dose after 6 days.  Just realized I was being a bit stingy with the dosing, so now she's getting a bit more.
I loaded according to the instructions, then cut to maintenance dose after 6 days. Just realized I was being a bit stingy with the dosing, so now she’s getting a bit more.

AniMed’s MSM is just a pure powder, or it looks more like large salt crystals, of bio-available dietary sulfur.  The tub contains only   Methylsufonylmethane, making it easy to mix with other supplements.   (This is just a write-up and I am not receiving any compensation for posting about products here.  It’s a kind of small blog 🙂 )

If it works according to other research on MSM, we could see good results with this.  If it does just half of what it promises it will be great!  This is what Dr. Foster and Smith’s website says about MSM:

MSM contains sulfur in a form the body can readily use. Sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin, all of which are building blocks of cartilage. Sulfur is necessary for the formation of all connective tissue in the horse’s body, including cartilage in joints. Sulfur also works with thiamine, pantothenic acid, and biotin to promote metabolism and communication between nerve cells. Sulfur is found abundantly in keratin, a major component of hair, hooves, and skin, and it’s included in some horse skin, coat and hoof supplements. Sulfur is also necessary in the formation of glutathione, which functions as one of the body’s best natural antioxidants.

OK, worth it a try. Keeping fingers crossed!

Other fun stuff added to the staple diet of hay and the small nibbles of grass popping up in her pasture now is LMF Super Supplement.  (Yes, I ran this by my vet first, and no – they’re not paying me for writing about them here.   You can click on the link for complete product specifications.)

LMF Super Supplement - This bag is a 50 day supply, as it is only fed at an approximate rate of 1lb/day/1000lb horse.  Love that part about it!
LMF Super Supplement – This bag is a 50 day supply, as it is only fed at an approximate rate of 1lb/day/1000lb horse. Love that part about it!

This will work out beautifully as I’m trying to stay away as much as possible from feeding any type of “grain” for extra calories and energy. She eats this very willingly! This is the description from LMF on it:

LMF Super Supplement is palatable pellets that are a complete horse supplement containing essential trace minerals and vitamins. Super Supplement also contains balanced levels of calcium and phosphorus to ensure adequate intake and proper ratio of calcium to phosphorus. Super Supplement is the “low intake” LMF product. LMF Super Supplement is the feed of choice for easy keepers.

In addition to this, there’s Rice Bran, Omezaprole, Probiotics, and as of today also plain Beet Pulp in the feed pan.  She’s not too sure about eating the beet pulp yet but it’s worth it a try for a few days.  No grain.  No sweets.  No fruits or carrots.  Yeah, we’re no fun.

If you’ve had success with treating suspected Equine Stomach Ulcers and/or Hindgut Ulcers, I’d love to hear about your experience.  I do have a weaning plan in place for getting off the AbPrazole but other tips are appreciated!

Have a wonderful day!