Hi there! First time poster with lots of questions!
I am trying to figure out the best way to balance my horses’ nutrition. So any helpful links or resources you have I would appreciate! I have tried to do my own research but sometimes I feel I am still missing important information. I would love any help you all can give me.
I have read a lot about the importance of getting a hay analysis so that you know which vitamins and minerals to supplement with. However, at the place I board at I am not sure I would be able to accurately determine what they get consistently. This is due to the hay coming from at least three different sites through out Utah. The owner also gets small and frequent shipments, meaning the hay is constantly being rotated. I am curious if doing a hay analysis would still be beneficial for me? I have the thought that to be accurate I would have to analyze each pastures batches of hay. Or would one analysis give me a decent base to go off of? Or ideas on how I can go about getting an accurate hay analysis? They feed alfalfa hay where I board at and I know Utah is known for having high selenium levels.
Does anyone has any recommendations on an overall complete vitamin and mineral supplement? Without a hay analysis at this time I would not know if they even need all of the specific ingredients, but I would be willing to pay a tad extra just to guarantee they are getting what they need. Even if they are just peeing out the majority of it!
I have been looking at Horse Tech’s High Point-Alfalfa. The only concern is the low biotin content. Farrier recommended and we both saw a beneficial change after the addition of DuMor Hoof care for one of the horses in my care. The only ingredient I don’t think I could replace at the same amount with the High Point is biotin. Any other products that you are aware of that would have a higher biotin content or a product of biotin alone?
I would like to also add extra vitamin E and flax. UltraCruz Natural Vitamin E seems to be the cheapest quality product I personally could find. I am not sure on what product to go with for the flax. Triple Crown has a ground flax that looks decent but I may not be able to find a dealer. I have also seen the Omega Horseshine which I have seen good reviews.
I have heard of horse hair analysis being done as a way to identify deficiencies. I am not sold on the accuracy of this method. Can anyone say with any certainty that this would be a good route to go?
Thank you in advance for any information you can give me!