Equine Hair Analysis by Karen Eddings: Hershey’s Results


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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8 Responses

  1. Victoria Pinner says:

    Believe it or not, I give my horses 2:1 beef mineral from Southern States free choice. The horses love it (formerly wild mustangs) and so do my donkeys. It is not expensive either.

    • Casie says:

      Glad that’s working for you, Victoria. I don’t usually endorse or recommend one particular brand or product because what works for one horse may not work for another. With that said, I am quite intrigued by the free choice mineral concept now though!

  2. Denise says:

    Fantastic article!! Thank you so much!!!

  3. cj jacoby says:

    Hello Casie,

    I looked up Big Sky and can’t find the specific ingredients and mineral percentages. Do you have any more information on this?


  4. Rosalie Marley says:

    I just wanted to comment about the minerals. Hooves need copper and zinc to grow and be healthy. Excess iron cancels the absorption of copper and zinc- even if there is an “adequate” amount of those minerals available. This is from Pete Ramey’s page at http://www.hoofrehab.com/Diet.html

    I would guess that the iron in your favorite supplement was responsible for Hershey’s malabsorbtion and mineral imbalance.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Rosalie–I am well aware of iron and how it affects on the absorption of other minerals. I took Dr. Kellon’s courses and have even written on iron overload before. I went out of my way to avoid iron and only supplement individual minerals (from Horsetech) that were lacking in my forage analyses (copper, zinc, magnesium, usually). I even fed CA Trace which has no added iron. Iron was not the issue with Hershey. Iron was, however, one of the main reasons why I was very hesitant to use Big Sky minerals-as it is included as an ingredient. However, I went with what my gut was telling me–to just give it a try. Now that my horses have been on it for nearly 2 months, they look better than they have in years… I can’t tell you why exactly that is–because free choice mineral feeding (with added iron) goes against everything I learned in my nutrition courses–but it’s the truth.

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