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Old 19-07-2008, 03:40 PM   #11
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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
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Old 19-07-2008, 04:21 PM   #12
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Hmmmmm were did you hear that bec??

i feed it for there coats but gresey heel never heard that one before
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Old 19-07-2008, 10:53 PM   #13
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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
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Old 20-07-2008, 11:47 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 20-07-2008, 06:24 PM   #15
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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.

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Old 20-07-2008, 07:02 PM   #16
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Hmmmmm were did you hear that bec??

i feed it for there coats but gresey heel never heard that one before
i googled greasy heel preventatives
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Old 20-07-2008, 07:53 PM   #17
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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
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Old 20-07-2008, 09:47 PM   #18
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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.

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Old 20-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #19
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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
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Old 20-07-2008, 09:55 PM   #20
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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...
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