Feeding copper sulfate

Discussion in 'Feeding Horses' started by mylittlepony, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. mylittlepony

    mylittlepony Well-known Member

    my boy is developing greasy heel:( #( ive already got other treatments happening so plz no advice on treating it, i have been told to feed my horse copper sulfate as a preventative and a treatment, so i was wondering if any stockies feed copper sulfate and why? ive also heard that it can be dangerous to horses so wanted to see what other ppl have to say before i get any......:)* :)*
  2. Remaani

    Remaani Guest

    Have you seen what Copper Sulphate does on proud flesh??

    No way in hell would i add it to my horses feed! :eek:

    To prevent greasy heel, im sure theres safer procedures. ;)
  3. mylittlepony

    mylittlepony Well-known Member

    know nothing about it. i dont know anyone who uses it
  4. arylin

    arylin Well-known Member

    I've never fed it but know someone who does and all their horses absolutely bloom. They do exceptionally well both in hand and under saddle and they have been feeding this way for years.
    I believe they follow a herbal book but I cant remember the name of the author at the moment, having a serious senior moment :)
  5. Horsetalk

    Horsetalk Well-known Member

    Pat Coleby method Arylin, but it's not herbal.
  6. arylin

    arylin Well-known Member

    yep thats her and oops sorry I was always told it was a herbal book :)
    Goes to show i've never read it although I have recently borrowed another lovely stocky members copy to have a look through.
  7. Horsetalk

    Horsetalk Well-known Member

    I did read it, very controversial I'm afraid to say. ;) :))
  8. Valiente Blanco

    Valiente Blanco Well-known Member

    I am not a fan of the synthetic stuff and the blue copper in my opinion is very aggressive. I have fed it years ago, when I went through the Pat Colby theory (she has got some good points I think but in no way herbal, @) hi arylin ;) ) I think if you are after copper and want to feed it in a natural way then Rosehips would be one much safer option, it has other good properties like good supply of vitamin C (and more). I am a herb fan and had to say this **)
  9. Sweet Euphoria

    Sweet Euphoria Well-known Member

    I think there was an Article in one of last years Hoofbeats magazine that was about feeding and using Copper sulphate safely. If used incorrectly it can have some drastic effects!:eek:
    Maybe someone has it lying around;)
  10. HorseSlave

    HorseSlave Well-known Member

    I too tried the Pat coleby lick, which included copper sulphate, but my horse wouldn't touch it :(
  11. madison

    madison Well-known Member

    I was told by my vet that once your horse has it you are stuck with it every year because it thrives in the damp conditions around your horses feet. It also lives in your stable bedding and the sand in small paddocks and comes back to life every winter. She had me treating it with that yucky green stuff that you get from the vet (can't remember the name) and it was the only thing that worked long term
  12. ilikehorsesdou

    ilikehorsesdou Well-known Member

    Hmmmmm were did you hear that bec??

    i feed it for there coats but gresey heel never heard that one before
  13. paintedhoney

    paintedhoney Well-known Member

    i fed it a few years back after advice from a Pat colby following stock feeder (hope that makes sense) but as Remaani has said and it was told to me by a certified nutricionist (sp), it is a corrosive, and will BURN proud flesh, there is no way in the world i would feed it#(
  14. Stattik

    Stattik Active Member

    I used to feed a small pinch a day in my horses feed when he wasnt on a complete feed (liberty).
    I worked for a racing trainer who fed a pinch to each horses feed too.
  15. chick_with_a_chainsaw

    chick_with_a_chainsaw Gold Member

    my mare when agisted had it for awhile but not seeing results in most of the others they were put on a more basic feed regime. my yr 10 science teacher was convinced that i was poisoning my pony.

    copper sulphate if ingest by humans causes (apparently havent tried) the person to almost instantaneously throw up

    heres a basic material safety data sheet about copper 2+ sulphate

    Safety (MSDS) data for copper (II) sulfate

    and a bit more about it being swallowed by humans

    Acute - Swallowed

    Harmful if swallowed. Copper salts impart a metallic taste in the mouth. Burning sensation

    in the throat and repeated vomiting are typical effects. More severe poisonings cause

    diarrhoea and ulceration of the gastrointestinal tract. Can be fatal.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2008
  16. mylittlepony

    mylittlepony Well-known Member

    i googled greasy heel preventatives
  17. cowgirl_in_disguise

    cowgirl_in_disguise Active Member

    I used to feed copper sulfate once a week and only once a day to prevent colic an old guy that i used to agist with recommended it to me
  18. banjo

    banjo Well-known Member

    i have 10 horses including broodmares,stallion,foals and horses in work. i feed a pinch twice a week. also my horse had alot of proud flesh on a wound and my vet even said to feed alittle more as it heals the proud flesh and makes the wound cleaner. i followed this advice while still feeding it and the results were great. i might add the proud flesh was very big and over summer with the flies but after using the copper sulpate it was healed quicker.

    it also helps with fungal diseases,internal parasites, brings mares into correct cycles,anaemia, poor coat, cancer, ringworm, mud fever,wind sucking,scouring, so its a great fixer. but pat colbey warns that too much can kill a horse so i would read her book and find out if its for you.

    my horses thrive on it and also my vet recommeds the use.

  19. Elanda

    Elanda Gold Member

    Too much will kill a horse, and it is a tiny amount that they need. Usually enough in a good complete horse food. The amount in the soil needs to be taken into account as well. We used to use bluestone in the troughs in SA, also stops algae forming:)
  20. Horsetalk

    Horsetalk Well-known Member

    Hang on guys, doesn't PC say in her book, that it be offered at free choice?
    If you chuck a pinch in the feed, where is the free choice here? Just wondering...:confused:

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