If you have a horse, you’ve probably heard about tons of supplements that you just “have” to give your horse. You could easily spend hundreds of dollars a month per horse. But would your money be well spent? That depends on a number of factors.
Types of supplements
You can find a supplement for most types of problems your horse could develop. Problems like:
- stomach issues
- joint pain
- hoof supplement
- insect control
- electrolyte balance
- vitamins and minerals
- weight gain
- and many, many more.
But, does your horse actually need all (or any) of these supplements? You have to ask yourself if your horse has any issues that could be improved by a supplement. If they don’t have that particular issue, they probably don’t need that particular supplement.
How do you decide?
It’s enough to make your head spin. You see promotions on social media. There are ads in magazines. Your friends will tell you about stuff. And your vet will make recommendations. Each of these has some merit, but none of them know the whole picture.
You are the one who knows your horse, sees the little and big changes, and has to PAY for any horse supplements you give. You need to choose, as best you can, what to give.
It can be costly to give your horse supplements
Depending on type of supplement and company that produces it, the cost can easily be more than a dollar a day for each supplement. Sometimes you can find bargains, such as percentage off for several horses or signing up for frequent shipments. But you do have to watch out for the ones that aren’t as well vetted. Sometimes, you get what you pay for.
Bottom line, you have to weigh the factors;
- Does your horse have a problem that might be improved?
- Do your vet or someone you trust recommend it?
- Can you reasonably provide it to your horse?
- Once you start a supplement, do you see the improvements you expect?
I give my horses a few supplements. I change from time to time as I see new issues or lack of improvement in a condition. Like most of us, my funds are NOT unlimited so I need to prioritize and spend wisely. With the help of my vet and a few other respected individuals, I think we’re on the right track.