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POSSIBLE SELENIUM OR MINERAL DEFICENTCY

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charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 639
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 04:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I been giving Baby "Farrier's Formula Plus Growth" since she was about 2 months pregnant. It has all the vitimans and minerals she could possibly need. Because of feeding her this I thought it would be over doing it giving her a mineral salt block, so I just have her a plain salt block. Just recently I've noticed her licking the dirt. This is not normal for her. Does this mean that she is still needing more in her diet than she is getting? Should I give her back her mineral salt block? Is it okay that she has her mineral salt block and be getting her vitimans too? Here is a link to the vitimans I give her so you can see the nutrition analysis.http://lifedatalabs.com/
 

Catherine Owen
Yearling
Username: Cateowen

Post Number: 56
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 05:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hmmmm.... I looked at the Farriers Formula website (BTW, it looks like good stuff and I might try it on my gelding who has awful hoofs) and in the nutritional info it looks like it has some minerals in it, I could see where you might be concerned with "double-dosing" her.

Usually licking dirt can signal a mineral deficiency of some sort, boredom, or there was something spilled on the ground that is interesting to taste.

Is she licking her regular salt block? Going at it hard?

I would say if she is licking the dirt a lot, especially in different areas, she probably does have some sort of mineral deficiency. Horses tend to seek out what they are missing. Might just get a mineral salt block and see what she does with it. If she goes to town on it and stops licking dirt, I would say she is seeking something out.

Side note --- This applys to Quarter Horses. If they are N/H or N/N (for HYPP), Some mineral blocks can contain added potassium --- this can be deadly for HYPP positive horses.

On the light side, Hey, she is due 4/2/2008, maybe she has developed some odd craving for dirt?
Sort of like the pregnant woman/ice cream/pickles thing?
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 640
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 06:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She does lick her regular plain salt block pretty good. About a week ago she was licking the dirt in the pasture when I let her out to graze. Then a couple of days ago my husband she she was licking the dirt in her run off her barn stall. Is it ok to give her her mineral salt block back? A breeder friend of mine said she will only lick it if she is needing it.
 

Catherine Owen
Yearling
Username: Cateowen

Post Number: 57
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 06:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Charlene,
Yes, I would say give her a mineral block and see if she licks it a lot. Horses do tend to seek out minerals that they are lacking.
(Sort of like I seek out chocolate! Oh wait, that's not a mineral --- It's a Food Group!)

I don't think you would hurt her any to give her a mineral block.
 

Tahra Swan due 2/29
Yearling
Username: Tahra

Post Number: 60
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 07:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I keep a asortment of salt blocks in the pastures. If they need something they can get it. I find that even with the feed they get one horse may need someting extra or alittle more than another. Swan loves the mineral block and my 5yr old loves the regular and I have never seen her at the mineral. I figure this way they get everything they need
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 918
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pregnant mares need more vitamins and minerals than nonpregnant horses. The Farrier's Formula although good is not made specifically for pregnant mares. I would say she is not getting enough minerals and would go ahead and get her a mineral block.
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 1754
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

While there may be a mineral or selenium deficiency, do be aware that over-supplement of selenium can lead to disastrous results. Selenium toxicity can cause the hair to fall out and the hooves to slough off. If you are thinking to supplement selenium, have hay, grain and animals all tested prior to supplementation!
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 923
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 02:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very true Jos! I do know that in the area Charlene and I live there is a selenium deficiency and most people do supplement but you are absolutely correct that we don't want to oversupplement! :-)
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 642
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 05:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So Tracy, do you think I ought to give Baby her mineral salt block back?
 

Tracy Smith, Tali due 6/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 925
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 06:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would :-)
 

charlene birdsall, Baby due 4/2/08
Breeding Stock
Username: Charlie67

Post Number: 646
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 07:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Tracy and everyone else that replied to my post. I value all your opinions.



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