Hi, I have recently been switching over to your products. I have an almost 27 year old mare and her almost 7 year old gelding, both rocky mountain. The mare gets totally freaked out when I ride the gelding, because she is alone. We have to lock her in a stall and she runs in circles pooping and peeing and trashing the hay I give her.
___________ has helped some with this, and I wanted to know your opinion of this product and if you all have something similar.
Many use our Bug Check product as it is loaded with B vitamins and Grape Seed. Both of these ingredients are tremendous. There is more B1 in one scoop of Bug Check than any entire tube of "calming" type paste that I have seen, including the product you mentioned (we withheld name in the post) Bug Check may just do the job for you. Of course, I suggest Bug Check "each and every day", but you might at least try a few scoops of Bug Check an hour or so prior to one of your rides.
Let me know how it works for you and thanks for asking!
Hello Dr. Dan:
A friend recommended the Red Cal supplement to me for my three horses and one pony. No one would touch it. She said not to worry… just keep it out for them "free choice". She said she sees the horses go after it when there is a big weather change.
Voila. That is what happened. When a storm is blowing in, the horses tear into their buckets of Red Cal.
Is there an explanation for this behavior? I'm going to keep using it. It's the ONLY salt product any of my horses will touch at all.
Absolutely.! The article called "Perfect Pastures" and the one on "Salt and Minerals" that is available in the magazine and other links http://WhatToFeedYourHorse.com and http://DrDanLibrary.com (as referenced below) explains the issue with potassium and why it is so important. Thanks for sharing and asking!
I plan to contact the local TV station weather
forecaster and tell him to come monitor the horse's RC buckets.
I keep reading magazine articles that talk about forcing 2 oz per day of plain salt on horses…mine simply do not want that much salt no matter what the form. I feel a little better knowing that they have something there they they will take when they need it.
Thank you Dr. Dan,
Where are your products manufactured?
Depends on the product., but ALL in the US. Some our products are made 10 tons at a time. Others 200. Some specialize in pastes others ointments, liquids etc so…..everywhere from Florida to Kentucky to Wisconcin to Michigan…but again all in the US.
Thanks for asking.
Thanks Dr. Dan. Just what I wanted to hear, "all in the US."
My horses have been fed your products for five plus years. My 30 year old plus mixed breed is fed Weight Check, Red Cal (a little with feed and free choice), Just Add Oats (fed with oats and a timothy/alfalfa pellet mash 3x day), Hoof Check and Joint Check.
My 17 year old Thoroughbred is fed Weight Check, Red Cal (a little on feed and free choice), Just Add Oats (with a timothy pellet mash 3x day) Health Check, and Hoof check. Bug Check and Color Check for both seasonally.
They are both thriving and just beautiful to look at. They play all day long and you wouldn't know Jack was a senior citizen unless I told you.
I also use your grape seed and marigold balms when needed and your topical hoof products.
Love your products, web site, and to attend your lectures when I am able to.
Keep sharing your knowledge with us, you are making a difference!
I have been having great success feeding my 2 horses your program.
We have been on it going on 6 months but I am uncertain about 2 things and think about them every day…
1. My horses love whole oats but I understand they cannot digest the whole oat so alot of it goes to waste. What are your thoughts on this..should I be feeding them crimped oats or which type would be better.
2. My QH does not seem to eat the Red Cell so I am feeding him it every other day in hopes he will start eating it on his own. (he never used to eat salt either and I always have had to add it to his feed) The Red Cal I have out..i have a bucket hanging in each horses stall. I would like to put it in the arena/pasture area but sometimes theres alot of dust when they get to running around. I dont really want dirt getting into the red cell..what is the best way to free feed this? And if it rains in it..do you just pour the water off and will whats left be ok?
Thanks for a great product..my horses really shine, feel good yet seem to be more calm and think things through better.
Thanks so much for sharing Donna!
Actually oats are very digestable- crimped or whole.
Crimped are 6% more digestable nut once the hull is cracked they start going rancid so whole are better unless the crimpwd are only a few weeks old
As for Red Cal… rain doesn't hurt at all. Just tip the bucket and pour off the rain. Never even have to wash the bucket. Just keep adding fresh. I, myself only put an Inch or so in the bucket though. I just hang with a hay string on a fence post. Some eat more than others . The key is to do as you do now… always keep it available regardless!
Thanks again for sharing your results and thoughts and thanks for asking these questions.
I've heard great things about Bug Check and would like to give it a try however I can't seem to find any specifications for younger horses – specifically weanlings/yearlings.
Is it safe to give to a growing horse?
Thanks in advance!
Safe for any horse any age Melissa!
Use whatever it takes for your situation, as any amount, even if they ate the whole bucket- it would be healthy!!!
Thanks for asking!
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I have moved and now have 4 horses ranging from 23 to 25 years old.
I am feeding them rolled/steamed oats which are processed at a mill in NC. Our soil here is VERY RICH IN IRON (years ago iron ore was mined here). I have supplemented with Triple Crown 30 for a couple of months. Before this, they were all on Vita Royal formulated by Lindsey McLean and I used her mineral mix. I can no longer afford this feed, so I have moved to the oats and need a supplement to add to them.
What would your recommendation be?
Now, a canine question. I have a part Aussie/Brittany mix who sometimes has a "quivering" in his limbs — sometimes after running and sometimes not having done anything. He has been on "the honest kitchen" diet which is "dehydrated" food with no additional supplements, except krill oil (human grade — 1000 mg/day). Western medicine has nothing to offer me, and he has not realized any benefit from acupuncture.
Our supplement called Just Add Oats is ideal! It is also not high in iron either.
I would consider adding as well our Weight Check Oil and offering our Red Cal "free-choice" too.
www.WhatToFeedYourHorse.com explains all the"whys". Thousands are on the program… Because of age, you might also consider our supplement called Joint Check (Horses) and our Joint Check "for pets" for your dog.
Thanks for asking Pat. Looking forward to your positive comments after using the above… you will see the difference and they will feel the difference!
I have a 18 yr SSH gelding, that I used to trail ride him but now we are doing running events (3 to be exact), and wanted to know what bug repellent, gut health, vitamins, and joint supplement that you have for him.
He has always been healthy, and wanted to find something to keep him on the least amount of containers of supplements as possible for everything I listed below.
I would follow our "Feed For Success" program to the "T". It has the vitamins, minerals, essential fats needed. Go to www.WhatToFeedYourHorse.com for great info and explanation.
For added "joint" support our Joint Check formula. It also has tremendous antioxidants etc. In fact based on Usda lab study it would take 11 buckets of carrots and apples to equal 1 SCOOP "Antioxidant-wise". The joint ingredients are also like no other. There is even a video on the product as why it is awesome.
Unless your horse has had gut issues before, our Gut Check product will not be necessary. But if so then Gut Check.
As for the bugs, our Bug Check works from the "inside-out" … is full of probiotics etc. and tens of thousands have benefited for over a decade. As for a spray product- our "Finally Something That Works" product is all-natural and repels well, but most will not need if providing Bug Check in the first place, but great to have on-hand.
Thanks for asking Sherle!
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Dr. Dan, I have a 10 year old Mustang who is allergic to the tiny bitting flies. He rubs out his mane, tail and looses fur on his face and chest. He was new to us last year in the early summer so we had no opportunity to do anything preventative for him. He was a mess and miserable. He is on Just Add Oats and Weight Check and he also gets free feed Red Cal and salt blocks. What else can we do? Bug sprays don't work and Spot On did nothing.
Any helpful information would be very much appreciated.
Thanks, Karen W.
First get did of the salt blocks as they are counter productive to everything. Just be sure Red Cal is provided "free-choice" so they can eat all that they need when they need it..
I would also start on our Bug Check asap at 2 scoops daily. When you see results you can cut back some, but even if you have to give more it will only be healthy. See how that does. You may need to add Health Check to help support detoxing all past "junk" in the system. The Aller Check would also support the immune system. Do this and expect a new horse.
Also topically our "Finally Something That Works" spray will help the skin. It doesn't "kill" flys but helps keep off and helps the skin. Also on any skin lesions the Grape Balm ointment is helpful to say the least.
Thanks for asking Karen.
My 17 year old Cleveland Bay/TB cross mare is not drinking enough water. She is on a commercial feed, Joint Check (she was previously on Health Check), Weight Check Oil (she was previously on H2O Oil), Bug Check, and has Red Cal in her stall as well as in her pasture.
She has had two bouts of slight colic in the past six weeks and my Vet tubed her both times. I added Red Cal directly to her supplements and grain, and my barn manager did not see any increase in her drinking. My Veterinarian then suggested I add "Assure" to her supplements and grain, but after two weeks there is still no increase in her drinking. I use my mare for pleasure riding only and she is ridden or lunged at least five/six days/week.
She seems fine (gum color good and skin pinch test just ok…..) but again, there has been a significant decrease in her drinking and of course there has been the dry manure and subsequent slight colics. It has been suggested that I try beet pulp or another product Quenchthirst or something similar in name. I believe it also has beet pulp in it. Any suggestions? I have put a call into my Vet who has suggested blood work on her.
With all the excellent supplements I am giving her along with the Red Cal, I am frustrated that she has this problem. We live in Aiken, SC. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you. Lisa M.
Stop the commercial feed "junk"
… its counterproductive to everything else. I suspect if you will follow the advise at www.whattofeedyourhorse.com
to the "T", your problems will probably go away. All you need to do is switch to oats and add the Just Add Oats along with what you are giving now and no longer give commercial.
Be sure the Red Cal is available free choice at all times. you might consider our Hydraid for awhile to get her over the hump but please NO beet pulp. it too is terrible and only sucks the nutrition right out.
I would also suggest Gut Check at least for a tub or so, again to get over the hump, gut wise.
If you are feeding by any chance coastal hay, also please switch to something that is not so fine stemmed. timothy, orchard grass is perfect just not bermuda or coastal.
Thanks for asking!
Thank you for your response to my inquiry. My horse had been on oats and Just Add Oats but I switched to a commercial feed less than a year ago. I still add a tiny bit of the Just Add Oats to the commercial feed. I will get her back on oats TODAY and order up some Gut Check. She is not on bermuda or coastal hay so good there. We're also soaking her hay. I appreciate your taking the time to answer. I used to see you at Equine Affaire in Springfield every fall but since moving to SC over three years ago I haven't been to any shows. It was there I first was introduced to your products and had the chance to talk with you about how they work. Stupid me for going back on commercial food…….!!!