Horses not shedding out

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  1. Iceyrider

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    I have four Icelandics ranging in age from 3 to 20. None of them shed out well this year. I had the same problem 2 years ago and it turned out to be a vitamin problem due to living in Alaska. I have all of them on whole corn and Millennium Gold (new Alaska formula). 3 are out on grass, one is on hay. I don't think Cushings is a issue. They have plenty of energy, are carrying good weight (the 3 year old stud, he is a little light), hoof growth is healthy and everything is moving in and out just fine. I just wormed with Ivermectin last week. We are getting about 21 hours a day of sunlight and have had over two months of hot weather. The vet wants to do blood tests on all 4 ($1,200), but my husband is out of work and I can't afford it. Any thoughts?
     






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    Ditch the corn, it may not be hurting but it certainly isn't helping.

    I can't find an ingredient list for the Millennium gold, do you happen to have a list of what is in it?
     
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    Worms and poor diet are the main causes of not shedding out at a normal rate.
    Ditch the corn, this is not meeting their nutritional needs at all.
    I would suggest putting them on a ration balancer and a vitamin supplement.
    You can ask your vet what he reccomends feeding them.
     
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    Subbing, I have 1 horse that still hasnt shed completly out. She is on rb and alf. and on a regular worming rotation. The other two are sleek as can be.
     
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    Chardonnay, what age is your mare?
    When it's all the horses in a herd that haven't shed out it's more likely to be diet issues, when it's only one out of several odds start leaning towards metabolic issues or Cushings.
     
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    Ugh, I was thinking that too. But she is just turning 4.
    Its not her winter hair, but its not sleek like last year and the year before.
     
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    Hmm, at four it's not likely to be Cushings. But never say never.

    Was she ill at all this winter/spring? Lame? Moved to a new stable?

    I know you said she was on a worming rotation, have you had a fecal done? There is a sticky at the top of the health forum on worming, basically it's been found that rotational worming is pretty well useless, your better off worming for tapes either in the spring or spring and fall (depends where you live) and the having fecals done a few times a year to determine if worming is necessary.

    It's probably also time to have a vet run a blood panel, Selenium deficiencies can cause a rough coat but you don't just want to start throwing Se at a horse as that can cause more harm than good if it's not really the problem.
     
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    ive seen that happen with a low vit A, but you have to be careful with that, do they get grass at all and how are her teeth, could be shes eating but not correctly, shes losing the baby teeth and maybe not processing , shes young - worms are possible as well... maybe try some Clovite, mine shedded out too early this year , even the old old old ones,36-39 but of course my temps are different.. in NJ.. they have salt available free choice?
     
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    Millennium Gold is the only over-the-counter vitamin supplement my vet will recommend. He did a study on over 300 Alaskan horses and convinced the company to alter their formula based on his findings. Alaskan horses tend to be low in vitamins A & E and in selenium. The Millennium Gold is supposed to provide enough A & E, and they get selenium in mineral/salt block form. The corn keeps their energy and weight up. Two years ago my colt suddenly began to drop weight. I had a blood test done that showed he was seriously low in A & E. I put him on Equate, and prescription vitamin drops for a few months to get his levels up and then on M.G. for maintenance. This year, no one shed out completely, and the colt is a little light. I am pretty sure, based on past experience, that the problem is vitamin based, but the vet charges about $300 per blood test. That is $1,200 I don't have right now. I just wondered if anyone had any insights.

    Misty
     






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