Does your horse get supplements? Do you think supplements are worthwhile or a waste of money? Or maybe you are, like me, somewhat ambivalent about them? Because it really depends on what the supplements are and the individual horse, right?
Eli does get some supplements. So here, I am talking specifically about the daily feed-through ones that aren’t prescription medications.
HALO is a feed-through liquid hyaluronic acid supplement for joint health. It seems to keep Eli comfortable (but is not a replacement for joint injections). Also, he eats it. No powdered or pelleted supplements for his serene highness. Conveniently, I can get the HALO directly through my barn, so I just tack it on my board check every month.
ThiaCal is a vitamin B1 supplement for nervous system health. It seems to even out Eli’s reactiveness quite a bit, and it doesn’t have any “dopey” stuff in it like tryptophan or Valerian root. It’s salty, but also in liquid form so Eli eats it. (He’ll lick it off my hand, honestly.)
Probios is a probiotic. It comes in cookie form. Eli’s been on this one the longest, and I swear his tail is thicker and his forelock is less sad looking because of this supplement.
Majesty’s Omega Wafers are a new supplement for us. Shedding season is upon us, and fatty acids help with skin & coat health. And it’s in cookie form, too. We’ll see how Eli’s skin is doing after a month of this one. I am considering subscribing via Amazon, as they’re offered at a good price for a 60-count bag.
Don’t be fooled by the cookie form — they are truly supplements, not treats, and Eli gets one a day. I have actual treats for him, too, of course. Of which he gets many a day.
Eli is also fed all the coastal he can/will eat (maybe 6 flakes a day if that — he can be picky) and an alfalfa-based fortified pellet feed, so I think that alone offers some nutrients that would make some supplements pointless.
The HALO and the ThiaCal have made a noticeable difference to me for Eli. Neither are any kind of magic bullet, but I can feel the benefits of both with Eli under saddle. Honestly, I am thinking about starting HALO for myself — people and dogs can take it, too.
Are your horses on supplements? Do you notice a difference in your horse because of certain supplements?