Iodine in Horses

Feeding Horses iodine supplements

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iodine for older horses

I have an Arab mare, 28 years and Tennessee Walker gelding, 22 years. For past several years have struggled with scratches infection/reinfection with my mare. Have had vet out for oral antibiotic treatment, topical salves, anti fungal shampoos and a whole long list of more treatments. Infections are severe worsening as each year goes by. Last winter, had to fight scratches through winter as well in warm season. My gelding had a walnut size thyroid goiter when I bought him at 9, and last year it began growing and is now large lemon size. I have been very frustrated with my horse's health and commented that they must have age-related immune system defective functioning. I feed Tripple Crown, Senior. They have free choice mineralized salt 70ppm. I always believed my feed/salt was taking care of my horses' iodine needs. But I have a lot of white clover and boy have they drooled their way through summer pasture. I read that skin problems, thyroid problems, immune system problems can be related to low iodine intake in humans and I began asking around my horse people if anyone heard of supplementing iodine. My local organic feed livestock expert tells me that supplementation is needed in some cases and recommended kelp, 1-2 oz as a top dressing. My mare's skin cleared up after a week on the kelp. After 3 weeks my gelding's goiter seems to be slightly reduced... will need to continue watching this. My farrier told me he was aware that old farm folks in his routes used to supplement iodine for health problems with horses. He says modern vet schools totally dis non-pharmaceutical treatments. Because of how much white clover my horses consume, and with everything else I've experienced... real health issues that did not respond even to really great vetting and huge bills... a couple of my vet bills exceeded $800 with site care and prescriptions per visit! I am amazed that there is so little information on iodine supplementing for horses other than for pregnant mares. It seems that there is no proactive use only use after the fact of symptomatic evidence of iodine deficiency. Is there older, not modern, information about iodine for horses? I do not want iodine toxicity... but I do want healthy horses!

Gail L Turnbull 316 days ago

Goiter TWH 21 Gelding too.

Hi Gail My geldings story is spot on with yours, in the last 24 hrs he is colicky too.. Vet checked this a.m. with no other symptoms..... Bute was admined as he is displaying a fairly rough gate. Curious how your TWH is doing with seaweed supplements? We live in Bend, Oregon so high desert climate and weather is changing quick.

Ronda HalvorsenFerns 286 days ago