When you bring your lucky horse their first Redmond Rock, you’ll find they will likely devour it pretty quickly. Some people tell us their horse finishes it in a week or two. If that’s true for your horse, don’t be alarmed. This is normal at first. Usually, their consumption will start to slow after the first or second rock, when they’ve loaded up on the trace minerals their body might have been craving. Give your horse plenty of fresh water and let them enjoy it at their pace.
This young horse was cut above the eye. I think most owners would have taken him in for stitches, I definitely thought about it. The wound did not prohibit any function of the eye so I decided to let it run its course. I am a huge advocate of the First Aid, nothing works better for blood flow, and fly control.
Here is the initial wound:
And here is the wound after only 1.5 weeks:
No wrapping, just applied First Aid to wound once a day.
Is my horse getting too much iron from Redmond Rock and/or Daily Gold. Short answer: no.
According to the National Research Council (NRC), iron requirements for a mature horse are 40 to 50 ppm. This does not mean that a mineral tag that says 300 ppm of iron is too much. What it does mean is 50 mg per kg of feed. The average horse eats around 12 kg/day so the iron requirement would be around 600 mg/day with the range being from 500 to 1200 mg/day depending on size and exercise levels.
It is very important to note that forages contain well over these amounts and the NRC also states that horses should eat 2% of their body weight/day of forage. So horses are consuming far more than the suggested amounts of iron. But why wouldn’t that be the case? After all, iron is the 4th most abundant element in the earth’s crust and horses have been grazing for centuries without issues. So this kind of variation in the literature is normal. Mineral requirements are not an exact science by any stretch, and when you consider the form each element is in, how many of all the other 90 elements the horse is getting and in what ratios, and the relationships with all the other digestive microorganisms, this mineral interaction web is extremely complex. Challenges usually occur when we stray from normal and natural nutrition.
So what about Redmond Rock and Daily Gold? Of the suggested 500 to 1200 mg/day, Daily Gold provides around 114 mg/day and Redmond Rock around 20 mg/day, far under the minimum requirements. We’ve been feeding horses and all kinds of other animals for decades with a proven track record of improvements in health and production with Redmond product inclusions.
Did you know Redmond Rock is OMRI Listed? That means it is approved for use in organic production.
Redmond Rock is truly an all-natural product. The salt comes to you just as nature intended, full of vital trace minerals that help your horse be healthy and happy.
I love my Arabian, Mharquis. We’ve been together since 2006. He is my first horse. We were both rookies and we have learned a lot together. He’s a level 4 Parelli horse now. We can jump bareback and bridleless, we can play at liberty without halter or lead rope. Of all of this, it turns out he loves endurance riding the most.
With all the good, there’s been some bad. Unfortunately, we’ve also been through stifle issues, a suspensory injury, ulcers, and anorexia. Recently we had a saddle “slippage” event, because he’d lost so much weight. This left us with two problems: 1) the bruising and scraping of his inner rear legs from the stirrups hitting the inside of his rear legs when he ran away after the saddle slipped, and 2) getting him to eat to put weight back on. He has free access to hay. But getting him to eat the vet-prescribed supplements wasn’t going well. Then I tried putting his Daily Gold Quick Relief Syringe in his supplements. He couldn’t eat it fast enough. For the first time ever, he ate every drop.
I also put First Aid clay for horses all over his rear legs after the event, to pull out any dirt or infection, act as a poultice, and to take down the swelling. I came to trust and love this poultice after repeatedly applying it to the little calf behind my property when he somehow got a 6 to 8 inch gash that went down to his bone. I noticed it one day when I was feeding my horses and he came up to the fence. It was oozing infection and ugly with flies. I reported it to my neighbor, but she is elderly and seemed confused and unsure of how to handle it. So I slipped over the fence every day, fed them a little and put clay on. In a few weeks his wound was completely healed. He clearly associated the daily ministrations with pain relief because every morning he walks to me and puts his side to me.
I love Daily Gold as well. It handles Mharquis’s ulcers. I don’t see those wet, obsessive, scratching marks on his belly area any more. One element: clay, and it’s all natural. Love these products. Love the results!!! I loved them so much, that one day while pulling milkweek when gardening, my arms suddenly felt like they were on fire. I ran into the house and washed my arms like crazy, but it didn’t help. I looked up and First Aid was sitting on the windowsill, so I grabbed it and put it on my arms. The burning instantly stopped. Love this stuff.
If you’ve purchased Daily Gold in Canada, you may have been confused by the label. In order to get Daily Gold approved and registered in Canada, we had to put something on the label that the government approves. The only thing bentonite clay is approved for is as an anti-caking agent.
I feel a little like the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding who used Windex for everything, but I LOVE First Aid clay by Redmond. Now I reach for it first. For example, my Arabian gets awful, raw rub spots from laying down on the front of his fetlock if I don’t get his upside down over reach boots on early enough in the spring. This year I couldn’t get his sores to heal. Finally, I decided to try First Aid clay on a square of Derma Cloth, wrapped it with Vet Wrap, left it for 4 days, and when I took the band aids off, the sores were healed.
Another time, I was out weeding and I pulled a lot of Milk Weed. My arms started burning unbearably. I ran in the house, washed them and as I glanced down, some First Aid was sitting right there on the counter, so out of desperation I put some on, and my arms instantly stopped burning.
Adjoining my property is 10 acres where the elderly lady who owns the property, lets sheep and 2 cows graze on her pasture. One morning when I was feeding my herd, I noticed one of the little calves had a really long, deep gash that cut all the way through the skin. It looked awful. I immediately knocked on her door and let her know, but she is elderly and it must have been overwhelming for her, because the next morning I noticed nothing had been done. I watched for a few days, and when I still saw no treatments, I went to my first aid kit and looked at my products. I grabbed my First Aid and (yes, I was feeding them) when they came to me, I put a bunch of clay on the calf’s gash. Now I do it every morning. He must associate it with pain relief, because, when I reach over to put the clay on, he leans his side towards me.
I had a really bad mosquito bite when I came in from watering the plants last night, and, yes, I reached for the First Aid. I hate sounding like an advertisement, but I really am hooked on this stuff.
I’ve been using Redmond Daily Gold now for quite a while, and being without it is inconceivable to me. My mare, Sienna, was having some very big issues when her stablemate was taken away, and all she would do, all day and night, was pace her fence line non-stop. She lost weight and wore her shoes down to basically aluminum foil. I tried several products to see if they’d help, and nothing did, but when I tried Daily Gold, by the end of that day she was standing peacefully in her stall and had settled down tremendously. Read More
Redmond’s story begins in 1958, when a prolonged drought forced two brothers to abandon their farm in central Utah. Aware that Native Americans had once harvested salt rock from their farmland, Milo and Lamar Bosshardt borrowed a little money and went into the salt business with little more than sledgehammers, picks, and a determination to provide for their families. Their salt deposit provided a naturally-balanced mineral salt that local ranchers credited for healthier herds. Read More
We rescued our wonderful mare, Star, nearly 13 years ago when she was 12 years old, suffering from the aftermath of terrible abuse, and pregnant. She’d been through some awful times (and has the scars to prove it), but was still wanting so much to love and trust. Horses are remarkable that way, aren’t they? She gave birth to her daughter, Nova, about three months after joining our family and they both still live in our pasture along with their sidekick, a miniature donkey named Bobby Sue. Read More