Hi- My 8 yr old Connemara just started nibbling on some stall woodwork. never done it before. Currently eating ________ (handful) 2x day and 1st cut hay. Turned out all day w/ ok( not lush- rocky) grazing. She's been in a new barn for 3 weeks- seems to really like it. Any suggestions? Mineral deficiency?
They are for sure trying to get something that they're not getting from their current diet.
There are a couple of links I hope you will review:
www.DrDanLibrary.com actually has has an audio about Chewing/Cribbing and
there is also a short 4 minute video about Cribbing shown at one time on RFD-TV.
And please review the feeding program: www.WhatToFeedYourHorse.com
and the components that go together in it. Do know that I am generally
not a fan of commercial feed.
One of the components of the program I for sure recommend is our natural
salt/mineral supplement called RED CAL- in fact I think no horse should be
without it! It is fed free-choice all-they-want-all-the-time. You didn't mention
rocks/blocks but I hope they're not in use— I don't like them at all.
So, if you don't consider any other portion of our program or any other
products- I do hope you will provide RED CAL in lieu of rocks/blocks or other
I bought a 3 year old TWH a couple weeks ago. He started colicking last week. After two days, the oil would go right thru him so they said it was ulcers, not gut. I opt NOT to use that expensive drug, so the pills and liquid they put him on has really helped him. They say he must continue ulcer meds for some time – so my question is: 1) Is there natural meds for ulcers (what do you Rx)? 2) Do you have a natural product?
First-the foundation I suggest and depend on personally, is our feeding "program'.
If you haven't had the opportunity to review the link is below. It will lead
you to lots of info- companion articles,audios and videos. This is the program
that thousands have gotten on board with through the years. it is going to
help your current challenges.
You're going to need to get the junk out of the system (and keep out)—
our support supplements Health Check and Gut Check are highly
recommended and even our Aller Check would beneficial.
The sooner you can get off the meds/drugs the better— me personally would
be starting to wean off now.
Let me do this… I have posted other questions/answers that address
your same challenges. There's a few of many testimonials posted
within these postings as well. I think you will gain a lot from reading
these conversations with others.
Here are the links and search results:
(if there is more than one page- there is an "older posts" link at the bottom of each)
I am supplementing my EMS horse with ____________.
Listened to Dr. Dan speech on cresty neck horses. Found Critical Care product and ingredients. $275 for 2 month supply!! Expensive. _________________ has all ingredients of Critical Care and about $100 less for 2 mo. supply. What makes Critical Care so expensive and why is it better than ________________? Dr. Dan. says CC will get rid of cresty neck. Is this realistic? Glycocemic EQ hasn't gotten rid of cresty neck . . . why would CC? Weight reduction has reduced cresty neck. Janet
Hi Janet. I sure do appreciate you taking the time to listen to one of my audios and considering our products.
I am not familiar with that product and I don't do comparisons anyhow. Sorry but I am only concerned with making sure what is in our products are there and they are of the best quality. (and providing value) There are plenty of knockoffs out there– I [usually] see them when they suddenly spring up. Again this one you mention I haven't..
(I guess one could always try to compare a multi-vitamen bought at the Dollar Store to one bought at a health store (or us))
I just know that our Critical Care is awesome and yes it is
pricey (I even say so in so many places) — pricey yet valuable.
When combined with our overall feeding program ( WhatToFeedYourHorse.com )
(using the Hi-Mag version of RED CAL in this instance) generally only a tub or two
of the CC is needed. CC + Feed For Success is the optimum combination.
This combination has helped so many through the years.
Hi Dr. Dan, We live in Texas where it's been very hot and dry this summer. I'm feeding them hay, oats, Just Add Oats, Red Cal and ground flax seed once per week. They're scratching a lot. I'm wondering if they could just have dry skin. I don't see any insects or irritation. Would giving them more flax seed help with dry skin?
What would you recommend?
Man you guys have had a tough there for sure. I do hope and pray it gets better sooner than later.
You didn't mention our Weight Check Oil though you are doing the other parts of the program?
I got to tell you I'm just not a fan (or friend!) of flax and have told many through the years to stop.
What you are trying to accomplish with the flax will be better achieved using the Weight Check Oil. Great for the skin and coats- and of course so much more.
I sent out an email over the past week titled, IMHO, Our's is "Weigh" Better! that if you missed, please look over.
My 2-year old Arabian filly underwent surgery last year for locked stifle, and is showing symptoms again. She and my other two Arabians are in a large pasture and have regular exercise, yet she still developed stifle problems. I also feed them grass hay, some sweet meal and pellets. The mare is a rescue and has been diagnosed with Spavin, so she would benefit from joint supplements also. But, is the Joint Check appropriate for a young horse?
Any advice would be welcome.
Thank you. Brenda
Our Joint Check product is great for all. You may have already looked it over, but
in case you haven't, do know that it includes all that is in our Health Check—
our Antioxidant powerhouse, along with the added benefit of the "joint support"
ingredients. It is what I would suggest.
Again, I don't know how much you've had the chance to see on my sites yet,
but I would ask that you review the "What To Feed" link below and consider
those aspects– if nothing else, especially consider providing our
RED CAL free-choice instead of any other rocks/blocks you may be providing.
With stifles, I do always recommend that at least having a chiropractor
check out if you haven't done so yet.
I appreciate you asking and considering us for your solutions Brenda.
If you haven't done so yet, among my many links and pages- please visit FeedForSuccess.com/ WhatToFeedYourHorse.comand see my recommended program and supplements that make up this feeding foundation to build upon.
I also have an a "Laminitis" article in my magalog you can see at www.DrDanMag.com. Now [regardless] on what/how you want to feed- our RED CAL product is one that no horse should be without— provided free-choice all they want all the time— NO salt/mineral rocks/blocks. You'll see more about this on the "What To Feed Your Horse" link.
So, if you decide not to go all-in with the feeding program, please- RED CAL should be provided free-choice 24/7 all they want all the time! For added support I would also supplement with our Joint Check product- which besides the "joint" ingredients the horse will get a great antioxidant product as well to help get and keep the junk out of the system to help with the challenges by laminitis/stringhalt.
Now, I also have a product called Critical Care "Laminitis Formula" that is pricey but nothing else like it, especially consider if the horse is in lots of pain.
Lastly, I always suggest that one consider contacting a chiropractor.
And again, for best "possible" results— the total feeding program has helped many others.
Please do review the "magazine" articles… especially the Laminitis artice along with Perfect pastures and the Salt/Mineral article. Easy access using magazine link below.
(follow the DrDanMag.com link and you can either view the PDF file of the magazine or
the "flash- page flipping" version. In the mag it is on page 23. Lots of great articles before and after that one too!)
I have a Appaloosa/Warmblood cross who is currently on your Just Add Oats and RedCal, He is also on __________ and _________ and gets barley instead of oats. Here is my problem, anytime I try to give him something to increase his energy it goes right to his brain and not his muscles. If he eats oats, sugar, high protein, high magnesium, beetpulp and a few other things that I have tried he get supper skiddish. He is not overweight and doesn't have any fat pockets just lacks energy. Can you give me any advice?
You mentioned RED CAL and JAO but I didn't see mention of our Weight Check Oil being provided which is one of the 3 supplements suggested as part of the "Feed For Success" program/diet. (a.k.a. www.WhatToFeedYourHorse.com )
The Weight Check Oil will deliver the type of energy you are seeking for this horse—but of course, providing Oats instead of barley are going to deliver the optimum results as so many others have. I should also add-just to be sure- that the RED CAL should be provided free-choice so they have all they want all the time.No rocks/blocks around at all!
Does "Just Add Oats" have microbials or probiotics in it?
Hi Patricia, hope all is going well there!
Our "Just Add Oats" has some, but nothing like our Gut Check or Bug Check. In fact, it was about this time last year at the FEI World Games that we introduced our updated Bug Check ( BuyBugCheck.com ) with All Tech's probiotics. Just another reason why I recommend the BUG Check for year round use and not just when it's "buggy". Just so much goodness in it. and more so now than ever before!
Of course the Gut Check is a "targeted" formula that will for sure meet those needs.
Dr. Dan: What do you do to keep weeds out of the horse pasture and what seed do you like to plant in them?
Sure do like you products for the horses, Keep up the good work.
First, personally I like timothy and orchard at 50/50.
If you see weeds you need lime.That has long been my viewpoint. On the amount of lime and that availability of such, I would suggest you just "ask around" since every area is different.
If you go to the "What To Feed Your Horse" link below, you will see a direct link to the "Perfect Pastures" article in the magazine.
From that article…
One of the healthiest ways to make good pastures and again, often the most economical is to heavily lime your fi elds twice per year. Lime is Calcium Carbonate. Calcium keeps the soil basic rather than acid. Basic soil is healthy just as a more basic body pH is healthier for people. Calcium in the form of lime is cheap and I promise if you have many weeds at all growing in your
pasture you need lime. Don’t expect immediate results however, because it takes time for lime to be absorbed and utilized, but it will help tremendously over time.
Of course, natural forms of fertilizer (manure, compost etc.) should be used and we also have a product that I recommend- "Pasture Check Replenish" that is applied with a sprayer. Details on the product are in the magazine as well as the Horse Vet category of our website.
I know you will find all of this to be helpful. I appreciate your support Raida and thanks for asking!
I have rescued a 7yr old Haflinger Mare, who has ben diagnosed with a Navicular Cyst.
Standard Protocal for this seems to be Bute. Most Vets feel that this condition never really goes away and must be managed. I have turned her out in a 15acre field (reasonably good field) with a spring fed creek. with 3 other horses. I already have them on BUG CHECK FIELD FORM with Just add Oats given a couple times a week, with Aple cider Vinegar. She is not lame now, and has not shown lameness for a couple months. I understand this condition can be intermitten at first. What are your thoughts on this condition? what other supplements would you use, or would I just wait and see how she does with what I am feeding? I plan on re MRI ing her in the spring.
The first thing I would try and often has shown results is to provide our Joint Check supplement. With a 1000 lb horse I would start with 2 scoops daily and probably continue there even. That alone has helped many. Of course Joint Check also includes the ingredients of Health Check (antioxidants etc.) so it is only healthy and much more than just a "joint" product. And since you are already adhering to aspects of the feeding program that will help even more.
I don't suggest vinegar however- just too much potential to adversely affect the pH
We are in Wisconsin, and have a client in Florida who has recently moved her horses down there and was having trouble keeping weight on her hot mare. She started feeding a pelleted formula, and now the mare is so hot she cannot ride her. The feed store employees told her not to feed oats unless she is feeding alfalfa hay, which she cant at $25 per bale! She is feeding coastal hay, and that is about all she can find down there. Will the oats keep weight on her mare? Does she need to feed a different type of hay? Is there any products made for “hot” horses to calm them? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
She just needs our feeding program. The comment from the feed store guy is because the oats need balancing.. the "Just Add Oats", the RED CAL and the Weight Check Oil oil do that (naturallly!).
Bermuda Hay is awful! It is more apt to cause impaction/colic than any other But there are other hays to pick from, but as they already know that are just pricey. Just so you know for future reference, personally I have always like timothy and orchard at 50/50.
And of course NO commercial feed.
The program again will help with the weight especially the Weight Check Oil (whether weight on or weight off) and as it says on the label…. CALM Calories!
I am using the Bug Check and the Finally Something That Works fly spray with great success.
I have a filly who is very sensitive/allergic to bugs and will swell, chew and rub herself raw, it is very sad. We live near a wet land area which does not help this poor little girl. Your fly prevention products are incredible. I use them on all four of my horses. The great thing is that there are no chemicals.
I myself use to wheeze when I used the chemical sprays and now I am fine. So the benefit is not only to my horses, but to me also.
My horses' coats look great also, not dried out from all the chemicals.
Thank you for all you do for the health and wellness of our horses. Keep up the great work we need you.
Thank you Jody for your support and taking the time to share this with others and all of us here at The Natural Vet. We appreciate it and am humbled by your comments!
I have to write to say how pleased I am with all of your products.
This past weekend my 16 year old Arabian gelding won Reserve Champion at a 2-day 50 mile Competitive Trail Ride in Pennsylvania.
I started him one year ago on your feeding program of High Mag Red Cal, Weight Check Oil, Just Add Oats, Joint Check, Hoof Check and Bug Check along with hay, oats and pasture. At the vet holds I gave him Red Cal and Hydraid with his oats. In spite of the high heat and humidity, his pulse and respiration recoveries were the lowest they've ever been in 10 years of competing with this horse.
I was also thrilled with how calm and focused he was on the trail. With so many conflicting recommendations for the best feeding program for endurance and competitive trail horses, I can honestly tell other riders yours is the best I've ever tried in 30 years of owning and competing horses.
Just had to say thank you for your healthy products,
P.S. Your Reddox and Great Shakes helped his aging rider's energy too!
First, WOW! and congratulations on you and your horse's victory Jan!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with me Jan… and to put it into words for others to enjoy. You don't know how much it means to not only me and my family, but to those that work with me as well. We all thank you and appreciate your support.
Do you have a liver detox for a horse that has had to have lots of Bute?
Our RED CAL product is not only our recommended "natural" salt/mineral/electrolyte supplement-
(NO Blocks/Rocks!!!) but an excellent liver "detox-inator" due to its Montmorrilionite Clay ingredeint
In fact we also have a people product called REDOXX that contains it as well- and like RED CAL,
it is multi-beneficial— helping keep the liver clean and so much more.
Both are products that no horse or person should be without!
Also for your horse, I suggest our Joint Check product. You see while it is an excellent "Joint"
product, it also is loaded with antioxidants that are going to support the body's detoxing and
provide other healthy support.
I have a shetland pony with what the vet said are protein bumps. she is covered with pea sized bumps on her neck and shoulder. when i bought her she had no bumps and was happy and healthy eating alfalfa and grain when she first got the bumps. we dropped the grain and when they did not go away we consulted a vet who said they were "protein bumps"and that we had to stop feeding alfalfa and only feed her grass. He then gave her steroid shots but it did not fix anything for we have had to do many rounds of those shots and she still has them. now we want to breed her but can't as long as we have to do the shots.
I have been studying your Aller Check. Oh we do soak her grass hay to get the proteins out. so my questions are 1) what can I use to help these go away? 2) are your supplements safe to use in a pregnant mare? 3) how long do I need to use the supplements?
Definitely sounds like allergies and if you have been looking into our Aller Check product, then you are on the right track. Of course, if you have already been looking around you
already know that I'm going to strongly recommend the components of our feeding program
("What To Feed" link below).
While I hope that others would be "totally" with the program- providing those supplements are going to be multi-beneficial- especially the RED CAL. I truly wish that every horse had
RED CAL available free-choice all they wanted all the time.
The What To Feed link will also link you to a Perfect Pastures article you will enjoy gathering information from as well. Of course there are lots more article/audios/videos at the "Library" link as time would allow you to enjoy.
I often say, "being proactive means responding to challenges ahead of time", so as far as how long supplements should be provided I think our basic support supplements should
be provided at least at a maintenance level (after gaining control of a challenge)— They are all so full of goodness they can and should be used year round. Even Bug Check!
Lastly, as far as pregnant mares using our supplements- legally we are required to put warnings on our Joint Check and our two "Critical Care" products. I personally have 60+ Mares and they, and thousands and thousands of others, "get" all the products and have been doing so for many many years.
Thanks for considering Aller Check and our other supplements and for the opportunity to serve.