At Hoffman's Horse Products we strive to give you as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don't find your answer below we'd be happy to provide you with assistance. Please contact us and a Hoffman's specialist can help with your inquiry.
When you begin to feed HHMinerals it is important that you remove all the extra supplements or they may not even start to eat HHMinerals. HHMinerals has all the vitamins and minerals in it that a horse needs for optimum physical health (which often leads to better mental health as well). A note on salt blocks (again), either feed your horse a block designed for horses or feed them loose salt. A horse doesn't have a rough tongue so it can't get all the salt it needs off of a cattle block.
Yes, everything that needs to be chelated in Hoffman's Horse Minerals, is chelated.
This depends on the situation. If you are not now feeding a mineral, you will notice a change in about 2 to 3 weeks in the hair coat. Stiffness and arthritis, in most cases , will show improvement even sooner. With hooves , the farrier will usually notice a difference in 2 to 3 months.
We don't try to keep up with all the feeds and supplements out there. The best we can suggest is that you try Hoffman's on one horse and see how you like the results compared to your current brand.
Feeding instructions are on every bag and bucket, or view our Hoffman's Horse Minerals Feeding Directions.
HHMinerals have been designed to self regulate so that they can be fed free choice. After having fed Hoffman's Minerals Free choice for 20 years I can tell you that the feeding rate can cycle dramatically throughout the year due to weather conditions, stress, and feed quality. 150-200gms is the expected rate for 1000-1200 lb horse, however there are times when they will consume a lot more and likewise times when they will consume a lot less.If mineral intake exceeds 200 grams per head per day for more than 2 weeks , add loose salt to the mineral at the rate of 1 part salt to 4 parts minerals. (HHMinerals has the normal recommended daily amount of salt in it already) A note on salt blocks... either feed your horse a block designed for horses or feed them loose salt. A horse doesn't have a rough tongue so it can't get all the salt it needs off of a cattle block.
There is no appreciable amount of protein in the minerals. It is the vitamins and minerals needed to give your horse optimum health. You must add the energy needed from another source.
Top dressing their feed is fine. You would feed them 150-200gms daily which is about 3/4 cup to 1 cup of HHMinerals. Young horses have the same feeding rate due to greater needs while they are growing.
You feed the same amount to the baby that you would feed a mature horse of the same breed. This is because the foal is building muscle and bone and growing while the mature horse is simply maintaining health.
This is not generally recommended. However, you may wish to check with your veterinarian as many prepared feeds do not have a significant amount of selenium in them. The bigger problem however, is that when you mix Hoffman's Horse Minerals with another prepared feed with supplements included, it throws the balance of the Hoffman's Minerals off and you won't get the best results that you could get from the minerals. Hoffman's Horse Minerals works extremely well with high vegetable fat products such as milled flax or rice bran (as is the case in Hoffman's Horse Ration), and well in rolled oats (in moderation).
1 cup is not 1 lb. 3 (1cup) scoops of HHRation is equal to 1 lb. If you don't want to dip into the bag 3 times get out an old 500 gram cottage cheese or yogurt container and fill it to heaping which equals 1 lb also.
This is not recommended and here's the reason why. HHRation has the full package of HHMinerals right in each pellet. HHMinerals has been formulated so that each mineral is perfectly balanced with the other minerals which creates a synergy that causes Hoffman's Horse Minerals to work in the way that has made them famous (see testimony page). If you start adding other supplements you are going to disrupt the balance and if minerals are unbalanced they start blocking the effectiveness of each other. If you want to add supplements add more Hoffman's Horse Minerals to HHRation each feeding (Yes you can feed them together). Remember that when your horse gets the minerals and vitamins he needs, his body will start to work properly on its own and most ailments will be greatly reduced or eliminated altogether. If you add HHMinerals to the Ration you can cut the recommended amount of HHMinerals in half. Many people get excellent results feeding just HHRation and save themselves the cost of buying extra supplements and also the added chore time of mixing it all! (great solution for a stable!)
Glad you asked! I always tell people a good place to start is 3-4 lbs per day. If your horse is in good health and body condition and is being moderately worked this will keep them in great shape. You can adjust the rate from there after a couple weeks depending on your observations. If your horse is thin you can work them up to 6 lbs per day, splitting that into two feedings. By the way a horse can only properly digest 3-4 lbs of feed at a feeding before it gets pushed into the gut undigested which can cause all kinds of problems (this especially applies to oats/corn/barley which are high starch feeds).
Using the above measurements for a horse that is 1000-1200lbs, you can do some math and come up with what is right for your horse. This would also apply for draft horses.
It seems the feed industry has trained us that if a feed is pelleted it must be soaked and with some feeds this is a requirement. HHRation however is not recommended for soaking. Here are the reasons.
1) HHRation pellets are quite soft and easily crushed with just your fingers and even aged horses do well eating them dry. Save yourself some time! and of course you always have plenty of
clean water available to your horse.
2)As we all learned in science class, oil and water do not mix! HHRation has canola oil in it (part of the reason for that shiny coat) and it causes separation in the feed and we have learned from experience that horses don't like it when this happens. (Plus your buckets get yucky and you have to wash them out constantly to keep the oils that are stuck to the bucket from becoming rancid).