Carmelita asks about Iron-rich water and respiratory problems with 22 year old Thoroughbred

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Carmelita A.

Message:
Does ingesting very iron-rich water as the only water sourse cause or
increase respiratory problems in horses?  My horse has a bad
respiratory problem and he has never had one until this past spring.
He has lived in the area he is currently in most of his life.  The
water specifically where he has lived the past almost three years
(same area) has a whole lot of iron in it, also a lot of sulphur and
salt too, but mostly iron.  Could the water be part of the problem?
He is a 22 year old Thoroughbred.  Thank you!

Hi Carmen,

I really think chances are slim to none… "allergies" are way way more likely and
I have lots of info available online about allergies that I will share a good link
for you to review such.

Without, knowing what you are currently feeding besides supplementation I would
consider changing the feed/hay… if there might be a "dust" problem "stemming from that,
or even if providing commercial feed… that is a source of many "allergy-type" challenges–
that too will be covered in questions/answers/info available in the many pages/postings that you
will be led to through this link:

http://askdrdan.com/?s=allergies&submit=Search
(bottom of each page will have a "older posts" link to take you to more)

Hope this helps and thanks for asking! Feel free to keep me posted as well.

Dr. Dan

Nancy asks about support for her her own arthritis and asthma challenges…

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From:
nancy

Message:
so I have both, I am 60, run a big farm and have trouble with my knees
 I am a vegetarian, have cut back on dairy.. and still have really bad
pain.. what do you recommend?  I am not riding my horse and i want to
have fun!

Hi Nancy.

My suggestions to try and get you going again would be to at least provide yourself
with REDOXX Hi-Mag version (this is our #1 people supplement and wouldn't go without!) and then
I just released today my KRILL Oil product, "KRILL FACTOR" that I would add into
the regimen. These will help support each of your challenges.

Now, again, strictly for joint/inflammation support I also have a product called
ENHANCE FACTOR that like the new krill product will provide more essential
fatty acids that will help support joint function and ingredients that will help support
as wide range of challenges as well.

For just more support targeted at the joint/inflammation challenges I would provide my Comfort Caps.

I also have a product called TrimFlex that is a combination of not only joint ingredients
not found in the others above, but also includes a formula that has provided many benefits
like energy, level blood sugars, and for some weight loss/muscle building.

I will provide direct links below, so you can review more about the ingredients of each.

As with anything… sometimes it is just a matter of getting the right combination together to
provide what your body needs, but I do hope the above recommendations give
you a foundation to start with and work with.

Keep me posted and thanks for asking! Here's the links:

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/REDOXX_c_53.html
http://www.thenaturalvet.net/REDOXX-Hi-Mag_c_57.html

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Krill-Factor_c_73.html

 

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Comfort-Caps_c_45.html

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/TrimFlex_c_54.html

 

Jan asks: Clover Allergies?

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From:
Jan V.

Message:
Hi Dr. Dan,

There is a large percentage of white clover in our horse pasture. As I
understand it, clover can get a fungus that produces a chemical called
slaframine which horses are allergic to. It causes them to drool
excessively. My experience has been that they also become excitable on
the clover because of the high sugar contact. I do not want to use
herbicides to control the clover, but would rather have more grass in
the pasture.  What would you recommend? Would your Pasture Check help
the clover be healthier so it doesn't get a fungus and encourage more
grass to grow? Would liming the pasture help? I do feed Red Cal,
Weight Check oil, JAO, Bug Check, Joint Check and Hoof Check along
with oats to all our horses. They are all very healthy otherwise, but
I'd sure like to eliminate the clover problem without the use of harsh
chemicals.

Thank you,

Jan

Hi Jan, hope all is great.

I actually sow clover (20%) along with orchard grass (40%) and timothy (40%) The horses do slobber etc. but never in 30 years have I seen a real issue other than some excessive slobber.  Yes, as I do, I would suggest lime and Pasture Check for you as well, but I personally… I would not be concerned with clover.

As always… thanks for your support and asking me about this. :-)

Pasture Check

 

Fran asks about 25 year old Thoroughbred Gelding who appears to have Urinary Incontinence

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From:
fran a.

Message:
Dear Dr. Dan

I have a 25 year old Thoroughbred Gelding who appears to have Urinary
Incontinence.

I have known this horse since he was 6 years old and owned him since
he was 12 years old, he has been under my care since he was 6 years
old.

He recently developed this incontinence in the last year, he has been
on the same property for the last 5 years, never traveled, only on the
local trails. I have had my equine vet, equine chiropractor and equine
herbalist all look at him!

My vet examined him for Equine Herpes, the only sign that he has of
this is the incontinence.

I have had the scalding on his hind legs under control until the flies
this summer, what can I do for the scalding on his hind legs, any
supplement that I can give him or salve that I can apply?

Anything that you recommend that I can give him for the incontinence?

Any & All Help Is Greatly Appreciated,

Fran A.

Hello Fran,

I would for sure provide our Marigold product topically and Bug Check would be great to provide (it is much more than just a "bug" product).

Now, for the incontenince… might find locally from a natural/health food store something called nux vomica…. provide about 10 pellets daily of the 30 cc potency. Would be worth a try I feel.

Now, along with above please consider our Health Check to help detox and get past junk out of system and get more goody in and help support immune system more.

Hope this helps and feel free to keep me posted. Thanks for asking!

Karoline asks about natural solution for dog’s heartworms…

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From:
Karoline K

Message:
I am looking for something natural for heartworm.  My dog gets
seizures everytime I use Heartguard and also with the flea and tick
applications.  I did buy something nautral for the flea and tick,
do you have something natural for the heartworm.
Thank you,
Karoline

Hi Karoline,

T
here is no natural alternative for heartworm except keeping the "bugs" off and keeping them healthy as possible (a healthy immune system. For this I would suggest out Bug Check and at least the Health Check for pets. Both work from the inside-out.

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Bug-Check-_c_34.html

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Health-Check_c_37.html

If something extra topically is desired for the ticks and fleas, we also have an all-natural spray called Finally Something That Works— it is not a "kill" but will help keep off as good as anything else naturally.

Thanks for asking!

Leslie shares an update about her “mini” and asks about equine ulcers, panic attacks and more…

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Leslie W.

Message:
Dear Dr. Dan,
My horse has panic attacks. Sometimes they are quite severe–to the
point that he will not eat for about 3-5 days. He will nibble on a
little hay but, will not eat his grain. Something sets him off and he
will work himself into a white foam sweat. Most of the time this seems
to happen in the early morning hours but, this most recent episode was
the day before the 4th of July. He was out in the riding area racing
back and forth very concerned about "something" in the woods. I am
concerned that from these episodes that he then ends up with an ulcer.
What would you recommend to treat an ulcer?
Presently, I feed mostly oats, with a little bit of Poulin'd MVP
pellets supplement, and Blue Seal Hay stretcher pellets along with a
good quality hay and plent of fresh water. He gets Red Cal and
Cocosoyo oil. We have no pasture but, he gets turn out every day —
weather permitting.
Thank you in advance,
Leslie

p.s. you helped me recently with my mini….per your recommendation he
is/was on Critical care laminitis formula and, now is on Health Check.
He is doing great, looks like a real mini instead of an overgrown
woodtick!! I can't believe the weight he has lost! With in three days
of being on the Critical Care we stopped the Bananmine and all the
rest of the drugs that were not working!

Thank you for your help and great products!

Hi Leslie,

Thank you for sharing about your mini and the kind words. I appreciate it for sure.

Also great on providing Red Cal… now please consider the Weight Check Oil (instead of cocosoyo)
and the Just Add Oats supplement to be on the feeding program 100% (FeedForSuccess.com) and
then also provide the targeted support of our Gut Check natural supplement.

This has helped so many with the challenges you mention ulcers, calming etc.

Here's some other postings that might be of interest:

http://askdrdan.com/?s=ulcers&submit=Search

http://askdrdan.com/?s=calming&submit=Search

Hope this helps and thanks for your support Leslie. Keep me posted for sure on this and again thanks for the update about your mini!

Dr. Dan

Sharon with questions about Supplements/Warts/Soy

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From:
Sharon S.

Message:
I usually have my hay tested every year, I feed Bermuda, Mixed Orchard
Grass, pasture grass and sometimes Teff.  Then I buy Horse Tech's
Arizona Complete (which compliments the hay analysis) and feed with
Horse Techs Nutra Flax mix (not that crazy about the flax)  plus salt
and yeast.  That's it, no oats or pellets.
I have Hymalyan salts licks (which they seem to like they stand there
and lick and lick)

My one white horse always has had little warts mostly under his neck
and around his buttox area.  I've read and read and mostly just know
that it has something to do with the immune system.  I've ordered your
Allergy check but I don't think I'll be putting the Grape stuff on his
white body. I've also ordered your Red Cal.  I'd like to see what
happens with that.

Now, the Weight check, that has soy in it.  Is it fermented soy?
Why oats?  I would never feed any pellets or commercial feed but are
the oats just a vehicle for the other stuff?  I remember reading years
ago that the only reason oats became a horse product is because the
cowboys found it much easier to transport than hay.

I'm considering transfering to your program, but I have to do some
figuring about the costs it seems pretty expensive but I know you get
what you pay for in life.

Sharon

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for considering the program. I'm guessing by now you've seen some
of the info at FeedForSuccess.com as well as the related product links.

Oats are just more than a "convenience". I think my oats article along
with the short video both of which are at the feeding program link will
best provide why I use and recommend oats.

Here's the direct link to the article (there's also audios as well):
http://www.thenaturalvet.net/For-The-Health-Of-Horses-Feed-Oats_ep_54.html

You just can't go wrong with oats.

My Weight Check Oil contains GMO-Free oil from the soybean. Not to be confused
with the negatives you have and might hear about soy. Unfortunately that is is
something I have to answer often…

(just see pages here: http://askdrdan.com/?s=soy&submit=Search),

but fortunately thousands agree and have come to love the Weight Check Oil as their
source for the good fats (and more) they know their horses need.

I searched years for a gmo-free source of this soy "bean" oil that I could be assured of
and comfortable with. It has performed admirably through the years and
I would put Weight Check up against anything else.

I know you've also already ordered Red Cal— be sure to remove those blocks asap.
Again the short audio on the Red cal page if not yet listened to will be great quick listen
http://www.thenaturalvet.net/RED-CAL_c_3.html

And great on the Aller Check— it looks like you have been doing some due dilengence
and I appreciate you using what I have online— just as you said, so many things are
best approached naturally from the inside out and keep the immune system in top-notch
shape.

Again, I appreciate your orders and for choosing us Sharon. I hope the above helps and keep me posted.

Jim and Nelda asks this about providing Red Cal

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From:
Jim and Nelda

Message:
I ordered Red Cal.  However, with the large amount of horses, I
decided feeding free choice would be labor intensive, plus horses
share the same runnout.  So I put a scoop-the one from the feed
through package-in their morning grain.  My question, "Is this too
much for them to get that much everyday?"  They eat it with their
grain and the feed through product.

I know you recommend free choice, but that would mean an extra bucket
in each stall.  We have two water buckets and a feeder in each now and
the stalls are not 12×12.

I don't want to overfed the Red Cal and cause any problems for the horse.
Thank you.

Hi Jim,

This will be fine Jim and not too much. Only healthy, but free-choice they will eat
what they need when they know they need it. Could eat more or could eat less-
they just know. So if there was ever a way this would be preferred, but again
what you are doing is fine. Be sure to remove any blocks/rocks too- (just in case).

I appreciate you choosing to provide Red Cal for your horses and for your support.

Stay in touch and keep me posted on things.

Dr. Dan

RED CAL

Chris shares a testimonial and asks this for her mare…

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From:
Chris

Message:

Hello Dr.Dan,
I first want to say Iam so thrilled with the products. It is the first
time EVER in over 20 years of trying things for my horses that works
and that they all LOVE. Thank you so much for the OUTSTANDING
products.

I would like to tell you about a mare I have and see what you
recommend.

She is a 6 year old. She slipped and fell as a 3 yr old on ice at a
full speed canter. SHe got up and seemed to moce perfectly hine,
however she was shaking a bit and broke out in a sweat like when they
colic. I had the vet out and  they found her very sore over her left
lower back. SHe could barely trot to the right and would nearly
explode if asked to canter… she would kick out and could only cross
canter.

The vet put her on anti inflammatories and I hand walked her daily for
a month. Afterwards I had massaging, chiropractic work done on and
off. Also, she would react violently when asked to pick up her left
hind foot for trimmimg….. NEVER did this before the fall. Then as a
4 year old she reared and fell over twice… landing on the left side
and shoulder. Same things…. wouldnt want to go to the right… trot
or canter.

Gave her off with 24/7 turn out.Now 2 years later
she started acting up for the farrier again….. cannot hold her left
hind up high or outward. She is good if they dont lift it high…..
but is very concerned and worried.

Can you please offer any suggestions. Its been 3 long years.
She was fine for quite awhile and I had her bred… she is 5 weeks
along!! Thank you very much for your time!!

Thanks for sharing Chris. I appreciate your support and taking the time to say the kind words. Couldn't do it without you.

Regardless of actual cause. Keep up the chiropractic and staft on joint… if non responsive after a month then start providing the Critical Care Founder/Laminitis formula for the natural anti-inflammatory support.

Thanks again for what you shared. I appreciate you and keep me posted.

Dr. Dan

CRITICAL CARE- Founder/Laminitis

Susan asks this about hulless oats…

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From:
Susan W.

Message:
I am currently feeding my horse whole oats (from Canada) and hay,
along with Red Cal, Just Add Oats, Weight Check Oil, Joint Check, and
Bug Check.  I am considering switching to hulless oats  (also from
Canada), as the undigested oats are attracting too many birds.  Are
hulless oats nutritionally comparable to whole oats would they would
work with your feeding program?  Also, do you know if they are
genetically modified or do they grow naturally?
Thank you for any information you can provide.

Susan W.

Hi Susan,

I should say that there shouldn't be undigested in the fecal. Its just not ever been an issue I have ever seen or heard nor has what you shared with me about birds.

The hull less can be used with program fine, but will cost more and yet really no more nutritious… only shown higher in protein etc. because hull is not present making "concentration" higher. Not sure if gmo or not though.

I don't think that oats are yet genetically modified. I might expect though that some are hybrids of some sort.

Hope this is helpful and thanks for asking.

Lori asks this about joint stiffness and something called “Ledum”

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From:
Lori I.

Message:
Hello Dr. Dan
 Question:  Have you ever heard of a holistic herb called "Ledum".  A
vet in CT recommends using Ledum 1M for lyme disease cure and
prevention in horses, dogs and cats. ( even his clients have used it)?
Just wondering what you think about it?

Thanks,
Lori

Hello Lori.

Its not an herb but considered a "homepathic" remedy.

It is good for tick bites, puncture wounds etc. and I have suggested its use before, BUT I also suggest to provide more immune support (Joint Check / Aller Check) and of course provide Bug Check (it's more than "just a bug product). and Joint Check being like 2 products in one… an antioxidant and for "joint support"

Alone it the homepathic remedy may help, but just not something I personally use just alone.

Thanks for asking!

Joint Check
Aller Check
Bug Check

Chrissy asks about feeding oats to her horse that is 28 1/2 years old

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From:
chrissy

Message:
hi dr. dan, is it ok to feed oats to a horse that is 28 1/2 years old?
he still eats hay and has had his teeth floated resently, shows normal
aging but still good. what is your recommendation on this. thanks
chrissy

Hi Chrissy,

It is absolutely fine. I do and many many through they years that I know and have always recommended.
Regardless of age- my total feeding program at FeedForSuccess.com is always recommended as well.

Let me share this link with you that will guide you with questions from others
and my answers as they relate to several different challenges that may be
present in feeding a senior horse. Some you may relate to now or in the future.

http://askdrdan.com/?s=senior&submit=Search

Hope this helps and I appreciate you asking!

 

Greg asks a question about our Gut Check supplement (Re: ulcers)

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From:
greg

Message:
I just started my horse on Gut Check. Will this supplement help heal
any ulcers that he may have?

Hi Greg.

I certainly can't say for sure as it's not a drug designed to do so. However, it would be where I would start. The approach that has helped more than I can count through the years with your challenge and any challenge for that matter is to provide the overall foundation of my feeding program for your horse.

If you have done so yet, please review the information available through FeedForSuccess.com to get a better understanding about the importance of each of the components of the time-proven program. Another helpful link would be other question/answer conversations about ulcers found here:

http://askdrdan.com/?s=ulcers&submit=Search

I know the above information will be further helpful.

I appreciate your support and do keep me posted.

Lynn asks this about Bug Check and Hydraid usage (EPSM)…

Hi, just making sure that my IR pony and my epsm horse {sugar issues) can have these products. My horse with epsm seems to get string halt when she has too much grass combined with hot and/or humid weather so I give her electrolytes. Lynn W.

Hello Lynn.

It is absolutely fine to use these products no matter.

But I do have to stress the importance of the overall feeding program and the 3 supplements that are a part of it. It has helped so many for years.

And yes, for electrolytes (and much more) the RED CAL should not be skipped. (be sure to remove blocks/rocks) But for the little extra support when needed the Hydraid is perfect to have on hand.

Let me share a couple of links below that will guide you to several question/answer posts I have made for folks about both sting halts and epsm that I think you will enjoy reviewing.

(if not "clickable" copy and paste these addresses into your browsers address bar)
http://askdrdan.com/?s=string+halt&submit=Search

http://askdrdan.com/?s=epsm&submit=Search

I know you find this helpful and totally following the recommendations of the feeding program will benefit your horse even further.

Thanks for asking and of course, for you support!

Dr. Dan

Bug Check
RED CAL
Hydraid

Leatha asked about Origin suspensory ligament disease

Hello Dan, my horse Gaitor is at Purdue this week getting diagnosed for front lameness. I have a "preliminary diagnosis" of " origin suspensory ligament diasase". I am very concerned with what I am reading on the internet about this!! Is there something that you can recommend?

Thank you so much!
Leatha W.

Hello Leatha,

Leatha I would consider our Critical Care Laminitis formula along with our Joint Check product and then both upon the foundation of our feeding program (visit: FeedForSuccess.com) The "Critical Care" formula is pricey BUT there is nothing like it anywhere. It has really helped many with all kinds of inflammatory conditions including susupensory. Generally one tub of the Critical Care is sufficient and then continue only with Joint Check for the long term. It has tremendous ingredients to help detox and also anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

Let me explain a little about the need for the feeding program (FeedForSuccess.com) You see, Commercial feeds are full of hydrogenated fats plus a lot of other ingredients as fillers etc. . Horses need fats but good fats and not processed. Weight Check Oil is part of the program and is the best source of fats we have been able to find. FREE CHOICE Salt (our RED CAL and in your case I suggest our Hi Mag version RED CAL), mineral and vitamins are critical. With commercial feed if they are not getting exactly what the bag says for their weight, THEN THEY ARE EITHER GETTING TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE of those vitamins and minerals that were added to that commercial feed. Hence, I suggest whatever amount of oats the horse needs, typically the same volume of commercial feed now getting, and adding the proper supplements to them at each feeding. This assures they get what they need. (Just Add Oats 2x and the Weight Check Oil)

Hope this helps. Please keep me posted and how this turns out.

Dr. Dan

FeedForSuccess.com


http://www.thenaturalvet.net/CRITICAL-CARE-FounderLaminitis_c_10.html

Rita says: “Wonderful RED CAL”

I FINALLY started feeding Red Cal to my horses-free choice as well as some top dressing-this spring. I must admit I was reluctant to believe it would make a difference but now am humbled! I have a quarter horse gelding that could not sweat in the heat and humidity.

Last summer was hard especially hard on him even though I was giving him supplements and beer as recommended by others. He never did sweat last summer. Now that he has Red Cal daily as well as Bug Check, he has been sweating even when the heat index is over 100 degrees! All are on Bug Check as well and the flies appear less than last year. I am hopeful that with the Bug Check, the ticks will be kept at bay once we return to Arkansas now that the horses have a good loading dose.

Thank you!

Rita F.

Thank you for sharing Rita! Dr. Dan wanted us to pass along that it is OK to continue the loading dose if/when a little extra is still needed to get over the hump. Also remember that it is only healthy and more than "just" a bug product and is suggested year-round even just at the smallest amount for these other benefits (regardless of fighting bugs) and to sort of keep in the system and not have to start over next year.

Thanks again so much for taking the time to share about Red Cal!


http://www.thenaturalvet.net/RED-CAL_c_3.html

Paula asks about difference between BUG CHECK for pets and for horses

Is there a difference in the ingredients of the bug check for horses and that for the dog & cats?

This has been a life saver for me & my pets!!

Paula

Hi Paula,

The formulation for horses is more concentrated and includes added probiotics from All Tech and does taste different. Usually dogs and cats do not like the taste of the horse version of which a very small amount would be provided. The pet version would not be near enough for a horse.

Thanks for sharing about what it has meant to you guys. Maybe if you have time, you could help us help others by leaving a review on one of the product listings. You could be a monthly $25 reward winner. Instructions for doing so can be found here:
http://www.thenaturalvet.net/How-To-Submit-A-Product-Review_ep_51-1.html

Hope this information was helpful and thanks again for sharing!

Bug Check
Bug Check Field Formula

FOR YOUR CATS AND DOGS
 
Bug Check

Susan checks in with an update and has a few questions about hives and supplements

This is partially comment and partially question. I'm not quite ready for giving a testimonial, but I want to share tentative results on hives using Natural Vet products. Would appreciate comments. This is tentative because I'm not sure what part of the regimen is the most responsible for this year's (knock on wood) absence of hives. Hives have escalated each year for five years making horse useless all summer long – white hairs from rubbing, and crazy acting when bugs fly around or land on him. Had resorted to steroids a couple of times then went on antihistamine regimen just to keep it relatively calm last summer. Need to mention, too, that he is insulin resistant and have been trying to control this with diet and exercise.

Since then:

No vaccines or wormers in 2 011, just the highly recommended ones this year and given well before allergy season began (even though it did start very early this year). Plan to go vaccination free again next season.

Products/feed: Health Check, Bug check, Aller check, JAO, weight check, and Red Cal. This is mixed into a pint of soaked non molasses beet pulp just to carry it. Hay is mostly grass, one pint plain oats. When the rest of the herd goes out to pasture, he remains on a grass free track surrounding it munching on sparse hay.

I'm obviously doing a few things right, or perhaps this years drought has kept the biting insects under control enough ???

I'm about to run out of the Health Check and wonder if the other products should be enough by themselves. I'm still giving a full scoop of each daily.

Susan

Hello Susan. Thanks for the updates! I wouldn't change anything given the circumstances and what you had told me in the past and at the midwest event…everything is designed to work together. I say that in regards to the supplements, so with that said, you may not know that I'm not fond of beets and I ask that you consider to ease off the beets. :-) Let me give you a link to where you can see what I've told others about beets– just something I would consider for maybe even more improvement and stabilization.

Keep in mind that Bug Check is much more than just a bug product and I do recommend for year round use even if just at the small rate. I'd like to think that Bug Check is performing and has helped— regardless of drought, many many are still "fighting the bite" and it has been one of our biggest seasons for Bug Check.

Thanks for your support and for checking in and asking. Keep me posted and hope to see you again soon!

Dr. Dan

Oh, here's the beet link:
http://askdrdan.com/?s=beets&submit=Search

Greta asks about feeding oats (switching)

I have a 3 yr old paint (approx 700 lbs) that I have been feeding about 4 lbs of Stragedy too daily. I have ordered your just add oats and was wondering about the transition and also approximately the poundage of the oats when I make the switch. The bag of oats did not specify. He is a pasture horse with all the grass he needs.

Greta B.

Great on the switch! I'm going to share what I share with others as I am asked this a lot. Feeding is not a science. Its more of an art .. if the weight is now good then continue as is. Generally most horses don't need much oats and should get no other grain other oats anyway. "Science" says 1% of body weight daily for grain. I say the less the better overall.

Now, in making the switch, some are able to switch 100% ("cold turkey") right away and others not. Half and half is a good starting point— or just at whatever amount they will eat at beginning and adjust accordingly. With this approach you are basically take what you have been providing feed-wise continue same amount but just dividing between the two. If it seems they prefer a little less of "the new"… then you will start at a point that they like and gradually increase every 3 days or so and work through this— backing back down to last amount that worked and back up more slowly if needed. It can be a process, but regradless is only worth it at the end— which is in fact a "new beginning" for your horse!

Of course please make RED CAL available free-choice at all times and consider providing the Weight Check Oil to be completely on board with the feeding program. As for the Weight Check Oil, it's best to use at each feeding because it makes everything "stick" but it is not required. The key is just make sure they are getting it— they need these good fats. I know you will be pleased.

I hope this helps. And please keep me posted on the switch.

Dr. Dan

Jane asks: Best time to apply Pasture Check and best time to give Worm Check

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Jane W.

Message:
Hi Dr. Dan,  Is the goal for the Pasture check to be absorbed by the
plants foliage or for it to go into the ground and be absorbed by the
plants roots?  We are going to have rain the next few days and I am
wondering if Pasture check should be applied and let dry before
getting wet again.  Also do the horses need to stay off the grass
until it dries?  I just got my product and would like to apply in the
next few days, but are there optimum times of the year to apply it?
We have a bermuda grass pasture. Thank you for making this product
available.  I have been giving my dogs Fulvic and Humic complexes for
their allergies for years and they have helped them immensely. As far
as Worm check goes is it better to give it in advance of the Full moon
or at the Full moon or does it matter. I have always given traditional
wormer on the Full moon.  

Thank you so much for your help!  Jane

Hello Jane.

Pasture Check can be applied pretty much at anytime. It works both on foliage and within the earth but primarily within the soil, so before a rain/dry is great. Also, because it's all-natural, there is no need to keep off the grass. Below, I am including application tips from the website in case you need.

For the Worm Check- just before a full moon the worms are more active is ideal like you know, but works anytime.

Thanks for your support and for asking!
 

Dr. Dan
877.873.8838
TheNaturalVet.net

Application Tips:

This will provide the info you need to determine the needs for your own situation.
It may seem to be a little confusing to apply and thus want to explain carefully.

Actually it is simple as mixing the amount of Pasture Check needed for your acreage with water and spraying onto the acreage but the problem is that every sprayer seems to discharge at different amounts so you first have to determine how much water (number of tanks to cover your acreage) is needed to cover your acreage.

How much Pasture check to put in each tank though is easy. A five acre package covers 5 acres, a 10 acre package covers 10.. So just divide accordingly for YOUR acreage.

The simplest way to determine how fast your sprayer discharges and thus how many tanks of water will be needed is to do a test run with just water. Fill your sprayer tank with water only and see how far the tank goes. THEN determine how many tanks of water you need to cover your acreage, divide the amount of Pasture Check needed into those tanks and start spraying. As an example, if it appears from the trial run with just water that it is going to take 5 tanks to cover your 5 acres then put one 1/5th of the 5 acre Pasture Check package in each tank . If your acreage is only 1 acre, of course you will only be using 1/5th of the entire 5 acre Pasture Check package in the 5 tanks.

Ann asks about solutions for her horse’s poor hoof quality

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Ann

Message:

Hello
My 20 year old thoroughbred has always had poor hoof quality despite
supplements over the years and recently refused all supplements.  He
is retired for about a year and has front shoes on.   I recently
started Red Cal which he nibbles on now and then.  My question is
regarding your hoof supplement – do horses find it palatable?  Is it a
pelleted product?  What is reasonable to expect from your product?
Our horses are turned out during the day in rough pasture with poor
pasture grass.  He gets 6 flakes of timothy/grass hay and 2 pounds of
Tribute Senior Kalm N Easy.
Thank you!
Ann

Hello Ann,

Thanks for providing RED CAL for him. If he is just nibbling if salt blocks have
been removed it may be possible that there is too much potassium still available
in the surroundings (pasture etc.) as those are really the only two reasons they don't eat-
but at the least he is "nibbling"– you could top-dress a pinch (no more than a tablespoon)
if you think he might need and to see if he is OK with it. (start with a pinch)

All of our products are palatable and the Hoof Check is as well, but not to say
that some picky eaters have to be more slowly introduced and worked up to
rate suggested. If provide the recommended rate and he doesn't like, then
back down to a pinch and slowly work up and adjusting along the way as needed.

I would ask that you consider the overall feeding program- FeedForSuccess.com
With those components oats, Red Cal, Just Add Oats, Weight Check Oil) in place
and provided there shouldn't be a need to provide the "targeted" support of the
Hoof Check supplement in the long-term and the feeding program will be better for
him overall.

Hope the above helps and appreciate you asking.

Thanks again for your support Ann.

Julie asks about 8 yr old gelding’s yellow oozing scabs with loss of mane/tail hair

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Julie B.

Message:
Hi Dr. Dan,
I really need your help. Since moving my 8 year old Gelding to a new
pasture 3 months ago, he's been battling yellow/orange scabs in his
mane and tail. When I remove the scabs his skin oozes and the hair
comes off with the scabs. Currently on Just Add Oats, Bug Check, DE,
Kelp, Sulfur, Copper. Just ordered Red Cal. Been treating areas with
SWAT, Listerine Mouth Wash, iodine bathes. I have not found any ticks
or other insects embedded in the scabs. He's outside 24 hours a day.
Unfortunately this pasture does not allow free choice feeding or
buildings for shelter. There are two other horses in the pasture, so
free choice for my gelding is No Longer A FREE CHOICE
(unfortunately).Please give me some other suggestions, and thank you
for your time.

Hello Lisa,

My first recommendation is to provide the feeding program 100%.

If you have to, you can provide RED CAL by top-dressing one tablespoon daily…
this of course with other components of the program. Is this something you could
make work with this current setup and alongside with the providing of Bug check
that is happening now?

I just can't stress enough the importance of having this foundation in place.

Stop the kelp, copper and yellow sulfur.. stick with the entire feeding program and provide the targeted support of Health Check to help detox whatever the body is trying to "discharge".

Topically, provide our Grape Balm and nothing else.

Let me know if this was helpful Lisa, and again, please share your thoughts about making it work for him.

Dr. Dan

Thank you so much for your help and quick responce. I'll get on it straight away. I know he must be miserable.
Absolutely love your products!
So Many Thanks,
Julie

Elaine asks about de- worming a 19 yr old clydesdale that has round worms

To: Dr. Dan

From:
elaine w.

Message:
My horse has typically not had a problems with ever having high worm
counts and certainly not round worms. some how she has round worms and
I'm wondering if it was because the last 7 weeks she has had 3
episodes of laminitis on three different hooves one at a time that
were mild but never the less was stressful for her and particulary the
third time.  the vets sayd it is from the extreme heat in the Phoenix
area. Could the worms and laminitis be connected.  Her laminitis is
clearing up and I want to have her wormed but am worried about she
getting impacted colic or severe laminitis from the worm dying off.
She had to colic surgery when she was 7 yrs and gets mild boats of
colic once in a while if she eats too rich of hay or gets on lush
pasture.  she is just eating grass hay.   The barn she was at last has
had foals there.  She never had a problem with that before but I
wonder if she became susceptible from the stress of the laminitis
episodes.

Hello Elaine,

Yes, stress and a compromised immune system is the very reason horses come down with parasites or really most any type of health challenge.

I would suggest our Joint Check for targeted support for both the immune system and for inflammation.joint support as it is both, 2 products in one.

This targeted support of course, upon the foundation (100%) of my feeding program FeedForSuccess.com Especially RED CAL– it's the one product I would not go without providing any horse and since you mentioned colic episodes I will refer you to several question/answer conversations on that at: askdrdan.com/tag/colic/

Impactions are less likely in older horses .. yearlings are where most problematic.

I would like to refer you to WormCheck.com for "all things fecal/deworming" if you have not had the chance yet. Our natural dewormer- Worm Check is a tremendous product when the need has been determined.

I think you will find the above helpful. Thanks for asking!

Kendall asks about our Grape Balm as a solution…

From:
Kendall M.

Message:
I have not been able to ride my horse for over 2 months because he
keeps his belly rubbed raw. He is hypersensitive to midges and
noseeums. I have used EVERYTHING! even hemroid  cream. So…..?

Hello Kendal,

Topically, yes the Grape Balm would be recommended, but it is my recommendation that you provide support from the inside- out.

You should also provide Bug Check for him and consider adding the targeted support of Aller Check and for extra support Health Check– to help from the inside-out as mentioned.

Bug Check especially as it is much more than "just" a bug product as its formula will support the skin and coat… not to mention the other benefits from the antioxidants and AllTech's lacto-sacc probiotics.

Of course optimum results could be more expected if the above targeted support was used in conjunction the foundation of our
Feed For Success feeding program, a total program that is time-tested and has helped so many today and through the years.
Review: FeedForSuccess.com if not done so yet.

The above has helped many with same challenges through the years.

Thanks for asking and keep me posted.
Dr. Dan

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Grape-Balm-Wound-Healer_c_14.html