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I’m not the best when it comes to remembering to take any kind of vitamin or mineral supplements. Mostly, I just forget about them entirely. Well, until I start to feel a little under the weather that is. So when I get feeling crummy, of course I remember to pull that bottle of Vitamin C or “daily” Multi-Vitamins off the top shelf of my medicine cabinet. What—I remember to take them every day when I’m sick!
It was definitely easier to remember to take vitamins back when I was a kid. And that’s probably because my vitamins were fun shapes and colors (Flintstones chewables, anyone?…the Dino shaped ones were totally AWESOME!). I mean really – what kid doesn’t get excited to take vitamins that are shaped like cartoon characters. I call it a daily dose of awesome-ness.
But my bottle of Vitamin C’s doesn’t really seem all that interesting. Perhaps that why I forget about them the majority of the time. The good news is that while I’m extremely and hopelessly slightly forgetful about my own vitamins, I’m slightly obsessive when it comes to making sure that my horses are receiving their proper feed and supplement rations.
When it comes to nutrition, I’ve constantly got an eye on my boys’ body conditions. It helps that I am fortunate enough to be able to keep my three geldings at home, so I know what ‘normal’ looks like for them. And if I notice that someone looks like they’ve lost or gained a little weight, I make adjustments to their feed.
The same philosophy applies to supplements at my barn. I keep everyone on supplements that I’ve carefully selected, based on their overall health, the intensity of work that I am asking of them, and to address any health needs that come to light.
Something that I felt a desire to feed was a vitamin supplement, in order to address any nutritional gaps that were in my horses’ diets. Specially, I like to pay special attention to Ripley’s diet. At 24, he would most certainly be categorized as a senior horse by many standards. However, I’m over the moon to be able to say that Ripley has been in excellent physical health, and is still very active. I still school dressage and small jumps with him and one of his favorite things in the world is to cut loose and gallop across the hay field out back.
So, I decided to start including Minereq from Omega Alpha Equine in Ripley’s daily supplement regimen back in the Spring of this year. Minereq is a complete vitamin and mineral formula, that comes in a convenient powdered form. It contains vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, etc (check out the complete list of ingredients here).
Minereq is available in either 500g (1.1 lb) or 1Kg (2.2 lb) sized canisters – I’ve personally been using the 1Kg (2.2 lb) sized containers, which I just store along with the rest of my supplement canisters. The lid of the Minereq container twists off easily, and the opening is large enough to easily be able to use the scoop to collect the powered vitamin supplement within.
The recommended dose for Minereq is 1-2 scoops a day, I’ve fed Ripley 1 scoop daily along with his grain. The powder is a light tan color, and I always notice what I feel is a pleasant aroma to it while I’m measuring Ripley’s daily dose out.
After I swish around Ripley’s grain in order to ensure that his supplements are mixed in nicely, of course I go ahead and feed him (I’m pretty sure he would revolt if I skipped the actual feeding him part). And I’m happy to report that Ripley chows down his grain without any pause whatsoever with the Minereq added in.
Since he’s been on Minereq, Ripley has continued to stay in good health. And I’m glad to know that I’m giving him a vitamin and mineral supplement in order to try to fill any nutritional gaps that he has in his diet.
Minereq, like other Omega Alpha Equine products, is made of all natural ingredients, and is manufactured under stringent GMP standards. This particular vitamin formula is not recommended for mares in foal (which is something that I personally don’t have to worry about, since my barn is basically a ‘boys club’).
Check out the Omega Alpha Equine page to find a retailer near you!
Go Vitamins (Even when they’re not shaped like cartoon characters). Go Omega Alpha. Go Eventing.