A few weeks ago I talked about adding FastTrack probiotic supplement to see if that helps with Hemie's weight. I'm a firm believer in the change-only-one-thing-at-a-time approach, so I won't be doing anything else at this point with the express goal of increasing his weight. Fabulous readers suggested upping the hay, which I've been meditating on quite a bit.
However, another feed topic I've been thinking about off and on is Selenium & Vitamin E. I've researched these occasionally over the last 2 years or so. Mel of Boots and Saddles has had a few posts on it (which I've read and re-read several times). These nutrients are important for all sorts of bodily functions, including fighting free radicals and supporting muscles. At Hemie's post-purchase exam, when I asked about neurological testing, my vet mentioned that our area's hay is very low in Selenium and Vitamin E, which are necessary to for neurological support, and that feed-through supplements would be a good option for us to consider.
Well, that did it. I decided to get serious about adding these to Hemie's diet. I decided to go with a product that has been personally recommended to me by a local eventer whose horse happens to go barefoot. She said that she could see her horse's hooves grow out more healthy when she added the supplement, and even saw the hooves grow out less-healthy-looking when she ran out for a month or two due to a mix-up with her supplier. I really like having results you can actually see so you can know that they're being absorbed.
I ordered the 25 lb bag of pellets for $100, which they shipped to my house for *free*. According to the website, that should amount to $0.50 per day.
|25 lb bag of pellets|
|2 scoops per day for a 1,000 lb horse|