Hay Analysis

  1. There is no evidences that horses are ever iron deficient

    There is no evidences that horses are ever iron deficient
    Question: I live in Arizona and our soil is quite alkaline. The equi based grass formula used to have iron in it, and now it does not, I feed this to both my horses in addition to timothy and Bermuda hay grown in Arizona. One horse is a 15 year old gelding and one 8 year old mare. She eats a...
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  2. What is the best diet for my yearling filly?

    What is the best diet for my yearling filly?
    Question: I recently bought a yearling Morgan filly and I am just wondering what is the best diet for her because I have never raised a yearling before and I really want to do it right so I need some advice. Her hind legs will swell up once in a while and I'm wondering what would be the best thing...
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  3. Am I giving my mare too much copper, between her vitamin/mineral supplement plus Poly Copper pellets?

    Am I giving my mare too much copper, between her vitamin/mineral supplement plus Poly Copper pellets?
    Question: I have just started my chestnut mare on the Uckele's copper pellets...how long can she take this supplement? Also, her current vitamin/mineral product contains 50 mg of copper so will this plus the copper pellets amount to too much copper?  I started feeding her the vit/min preparation because it had more copper than other products I had found and...
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  4. How can I balance an Iron overload?

    How can I balance an Iron overload?
    Question: I am currently studying as a vet tech and have know found interesting questions that you may be able to help with.  I have a 16 yr MSF. I have many indicators of iron toxicity, the first being my demographics; I live in NH, secondly has dermatological signs of systemic imbalances including his mane and tail have been in the past...
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  5. Is Equi-VM still a good match for my hay?

    Is Equi-VM still a good match for my hay?
    Question: Hi Dr Kellon! I have a 14 year old paint gelding who is on Bermuda hay supplemented with Equi-VM. He’s a very picker eater and is also a hard keeper. So I added Nutrena SafeChoice Perform to his diet to maintain his weight, and it’s working great! But I’m worried the feed along with the Equi-VM is throwing off...
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  6. Please help me understand the analysis for my Teff hay test

    Please help me understand the analysis for my Teff hay test
    Question: I have a Teff hay test from this year with some bizarre numbers I don't understand how to interpret. This test is 17% moisture (too wet), 20% crude protein, an ADF of 27, inverted Ca:Ph, and a feed value of 104 - I attached the test. I am not the one who did the sampling or submitting, the hay farmer did...
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  7. Why do companies use by-products and GMO ingredients?

    Why do companies use by-products and GMO ingredients?
    Question: My concern is why Uckele and so many other companies consistently use by-products in their supplements? I could never responsibly, knowingly give my horse GMO. This is such an important topic. Thank you- Dr. Kellon: By-products are often the most nutritious part of a food. For example, when white flour is made from wheat, the by-products are wheat germ and bran. ...
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  8. Do Feeds and Supplements Go Bad?

    Do Feeds and Supplements Go Bad?
    Do Feeds and Supplements Go Bad? They sure do - but the labeling laws don't make it easy for you to figure out which ones may be out of date.  To be fair, a big part of the problem is determining when "out of date" (best not to feed) is likely to be. When we buy fresh dairy or meat...
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  9. Can you help balance the high sugar and starch in my IR mare's hay?

    Can you help balance the high sugar and starch in my IR mare's hay?
    Question: I am so upset !  We just loaded in all this hay and the sugar is really high. IR MARE: (21 yrs. old): Would you please balance the hay using the minerals from the glycocemic EQ?  My mare is still getting 12.5 lbs hay.   She gets 2 scoops of glycocemic EQ, Vit E, 1 scoop ground flaxseed plus copper and zinc. I am...
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  10. Which product will best supplement the hay in my region?

    Which product will best supplement the hay in my region?
    Question: I have a TB Perch cross, gelding, 13 years old that maintains a very good weight no matter what. I live in SE Upstate NY and just want an appropriate regional mineral balancer. He only eats local grass hay and /or pasture. Which product do you recommend? Dr. Kellon: Your area has the very common problem of high iron and/or manganese...
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