Vitamins and Minerals

  1. Should I add Vitamin A to Phyto-Quench for my Moon Blind Horse?

    Should I add Vitamin A to Phyto-Quench for my Moon Blind Horse?
    Question: I just found out my mineral mix for my Moon  Blind horse is going up in price, so I will probably have to switch to another company.  There is one that makes a blend almost exactly what I'm currently getting except no Vitamin A. Will the Phyto Quench give her what she needs if I'm not giving her the...
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  2. How should added Manganese be balanced to Copper?

    How should added Manganese be balanced to Copper?
    Question: Hi, I have a question regarding adding manganese, should it be balanced to copper the same as iron and zinc? My hay is high in iron so I have added both copper and zinc to an iron:zinc:copper ratio of: 4:3:1. Should manganese be added to match the amount of zinc? Should both of those minerals be upped to match...
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  3. Can Poly-Zinc and Copper pellets be fed alone?

    Can Poly-Zinc and Copper pellets be fed alone?
    Question: Are the pelleted poly copper and poly zinc equine products suitable for offering by themselves, or do they need to be added to another feed product for palatability? I'm looking for something that I can give when I go out to the boarding barn, and I'm not always out there at feeding time. I'm not sure if I can...
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  4. A product to help stop wood chewing?

    A product to help stop wood chewing?
    Question: Hi. Do you have a product that stops wood chewing? Dr. Kellon: Wood chewing is a behavior that most often has its roots in not enough chew time. For example, horses on wood shavings or sawdust are more likely to chew wood than those on straw because they can munch on straw when there is no hay available. A slow...
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  5. A high calcium:magnesium ratio could be making your horse spooky

    A high calcium:magnesium ratio could be making your horse spooky
    Question: My horses have become extremely spooky. I have to think it has to do with what I am feeding. The only thing that has changed is the hardness (CaCO3) of our water. It has gone from 128 mg/l to 357 mg/l.  I have also been feeding Jump start (Dr Dean Meyers formula), as a supplement for the last 5...
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  6. Magnesium can help with cresty neck, calming and muscles

    Magnesium can help with cresty neck, calming and muscles
    Question: I would appreciate your input on adding extra magnesium to the diet. If the diet is balanced to a hay analysis, say your Ca, P, Mg are balanced and you add extra magnesium to help with a cresty neck, calming, or help with muscles.  How much extra can you add without causing a problem? And if so, for how long...
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  7. How can I boost my senior stallion's libido?

    How can I boost my senior stallion's libido?
    Question: I have a stallion in his 30s that I would like to try to get one more foal from but his libido is low with reduced testicle size. I just put him back on TSF-100. Do you have any other suggestions?   Dr. Kellon: It's entirely possible your stallion's fertility problems are age related.  However, there are several nutrients which influence...
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  8. The Cornerstone to Healthy Immune Function

    The Cornerstone to Healthy Immune Function
    The Cornerstone to Healthy Immune Function It's true that your horse cannot get a "cold" or respiratory infection without a virus, but all horses carry around a generous supply of both viruses and bacteria. While winter weather can't cause a respiratory illness, the stress of severe weather coupled with the effect of cold, dry air on the lining of the...
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  9. Granulated salt or salt blocks?

    Granulated salt or salt blocks?
    Question: What do you think of granulated salt versus salt blocks for horses? Do you have a recommendation in this area? Dr. Kellon: The "best" form of salt is any one that the horse will consume in sufficient amounts.  This means, for the average size adult horse, minimum of 1 oz/day in cold weather and 2 to 3+ in hot weather.  Most...
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  10. How to balance my IR pony's diet?

    Question:  I have a 7 year old 9.3 hand IR pony who I cannot get his insulin or leptin to normal levels (last and best for quite some time: insulin 59.31, leptin 5.78 and glucose 93). Mineral balancing to the hay has not been an option although I check every new batch and it is not over 10%. He is on...
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