What to Give Your Horse In The Winter?

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Horses are being nutritionally starved!  We would like to say no, but it is probably truer than we think, unless we are supplementing them.

Think about this, especially this time of the year, horses are only getting what we throw over the fence to them.  Some are lucky enough to get a little variety of grasses in their hay (crested wheat, brome, orchard, alfalfa). The luckier ones might get some oats as well.  But is that really enough? It is, if you just want them to survive, but we all love our horses and want the best for them, so why don’t we give them to nutrition to THRIVE!










This is the way that I look at it, if me and a buddy go to a buffet together 3 times a day for 7 days straight, I guarantee that our plates will never look exactly the same.  One morning I may want oatmeal, the next eggs.  For lunch, I might want a salad with lettuce and spinach, while the next I get crazy and get quinoa and chicken.  You see, this happens because our body is yearning for variety to fulfill our nutritionally starved bodies.










The same goes for our horses.  If they only get 1-5 different foods, their bodies are definitely nutritionally starved.  And as much blood, sweat, and tears we put into our horses, we need to try and fulfill as many as their needs as we can.

Right now my horses will start to be getting legged up for the winter jackpots, so I am giving them Silver Lining Herbs #10 Maintenance.  I think of this combination as the glue to their well-being.  It has 14 different herbs in it (14!) That just tripled the amount of variety they are getting in their diets!  And all 14 of these herbs are packed with awesome vitamins, minerals, enzymes….the list goes on.  It has Slippery elm for the digestive system (that’s important in the winter), uva ursi for the kidneys (that’s good when giving more alfalfa), oregon grape for the blood (when isn’t that important), flax, catnip, psyllium…they are all great!









I think now you can see why I think of the #10 Maintenance as the glue for my horses’ well-being, and I hope you look at it the same way, because if you aren’t giving it, they aren’t getting it.

9 thoughts on “What to Give Your Horse In The Winter?

  1. eaglehorsefarm says:

    I would like to try the parasite herbal mixture. Please clarify. Do you suggest only a 10 day regime to start? How often would I repeat that? Can I add the #10 formula in addition?

  2. Teresa says:

    is #10 recommended for broodmares as well, I have 3 mares in foal that I am looking to supplement with something

    1. Silver Lining Herbs says:

      Yes, the #10 is what we recommend for broodmares.

  3. Kim Lowman says:


    Can I give the #10 Maintenance while my horse is on the #27 Liver Support?


    1. Silver Lining Herbs says:

      Yes, they can be given together. We only recommend not giving more than 4 combinations at a time.

  4. Hi there Chance,
    Great analogy about the buffet. That really made it easy to understand because I could visualize myself at a buffet every day for a week. I would not eat the same thing twice. Good job. SO, I already feed #10 to both my guys every day. In addition I give each some different supplement blends as necessary. So, should I not routinely give #10 and use it in between the others?? And I am giving the regiment for Infection Fighter (10 ?on, 3 off, 3 on?) as we speak just because I know winter is a common time for hoof abscesses and other infections. Is that sound advice or should I just give the Immune Builder instead??? My pony is eating Laminae finally and his feet are so much better. I plan on giving that to him daily for life unless it is ill advised. THANK YOU for such safe and effective supplements. My vegetable drawer in my refrigerator is packed full of half empty bags of herbs. There, awaiting future need. Thank you for a great product.
    Cristine Cameron
    P.S. I think the last sentence above is supposed to read, “because if you AREN’T giving it , they aren’t getting it” and not if you “ARE giving it”. I think. Love you guys Silver Lining
    P.S.S. LOVE the canine herbs.!!! I have referred many of my dog boarding clients to your web site. Keep up the great work!!!

    1. cschuknecht says:

      Hey Cristine, Glad you liked the analogy. I give the #10 Maintenance when my horses are doing good. IF they have a specific issue they are dealing with I will address that specifically, then come back to the #10 Maintenance.

      I only use the #25 INF-X when needed. If an abscess popped up, I would support him at that time with the #25 INF-x, otherwise the #24 Immune Support would be a good product to use when I think my horse has the potential to have a stressed immune system or it is stressed.

      As for the pony, I would give the #23 Laminae Support as long as he is needing it.

      Thanks for the catch on the grammar error too!

      Have a great day!

  5. Dianne says:

    I am currently feeding Trifecta vitamins. Would I add this to my current program.

    1. Silver Liningherbs says:

      Hi Dianne! We don’t see this being an issue if you continue giving the Trifecta. However, the herbs in the #10 Maintenance are the purest form of vitamins and minerals you can get so it may not be necessary.

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