help me with supplements, also Platinum Performance?
Our pony is getting a seemingly endless array of supplements.... yes she is high maintenance, but I am wondering if I could lessen the amount with a different type of supplement, maybe something like Platinum Performance. Here is her scoop:
Age unknown, probably between 11-13 at this point
Definitely want to use a joint supplement as she's not a spring chicken and she works hard
She coughs every ride no matter the season
She has very sensitive skin, will get rubs from anything but a fleece girth, even has rubs from DD's paddock boots right now
Her coat is good, she doesn't really grow coat in the winter, was clipped in Nov and never grew anything back except a bit on her face
Her hooves are good, no cracking etc, she wears only front aluminum shoes
Hard keeper in the winter
Came to us very gassy, has been improved on Pro CMC
Somewhat hot :-)
What I have her on now:
8 cups/day of Blue Seal Sentinel LS which maintained her weight over the winter (will drop amount when grass comes)
Omega (this will also probably be dropped when the grass comes up)
Cocosoya (again for winter weight maintenance)
Smart Flex Senior
Smart Calm Ultra
Cough Free (this has stopped her cough. We ran out for a week and it came back)
All of the above maintains her pretty well and she currently looks and moves amazing, but I really wonder if there is something that will be one supplement that will hit a few of these? Wondering specifically about Platinum Performance? says it supports digestive health and allergy issues... in addition to senior/joint needs. Any experience
well everything we have done, including all the supplements have helped her tremendously, so the tough thing woudl be to figure out what to eliminate. She definitely needs digestive help and the cough help, and smart calm.
sometimes a animal benefits from something but doesn't need it longterm. For example a horse with digestive issues may benefit from probiotics but once the gut is healthier doesn't need the supplement anymore.
Do you think the calming supplement is needed? I've had a hot TB and now have a really hot pony. Calming supplements never worked but what did work was revamping therev diets and getting them off high amounts of sugar and more turnout. Is more turnout possible? Might solve your ulcer, joint, and calming needs. Maybe the cough too.
It's very hard to determine if a given intervention "really helps" unless one has the discipline to IMPLEMENT the intervention (in this case, a supplement) under circumstances where NO other variables exist, and THEN to have the discipline to STOP it and to observe dispassionately the effect, if any.
A lot of things with which we perceive horses need "help" are passing or evanescent things that get better on their own. Which fuels easily 2/3 of the supplement industry's bottom line, IMO.
good points all, she is out at least 10 hours per day, so I don't think that is the issue. She quieted down when we changed her feed so I suppose theoretically she could be ok off the smartcalm... hard to say. we had to ride her for 90 mins today and she was still fresh at the end lol. Thanks for all comments, something to consider for sure.