Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Platinum Performance supplement review

Normally I don't do supplements, but earlier this summer I was getting a little desperate to bring Taran to the next level strength-wise. He's not a hot, energetic horse by any stretch of the imagination, and his increased workload often left me feel like we were out of gas pretty early in our ride. I tried switching his feed from TC Lite to TC Senior, but he didn't gain any weight on that, nor did he eat it particularly well (he's weird?). So we went back to Lite, and I did a little research on supplements, and decided to give Platinum Performance a go.

Handy storage bin.

One of the things I really don't like about the vast majority of supplements is the amount of fillers they have in them. After dealing with a horse that was super sensitive to changes in feed, you start reading labels and steering away from anything that's got "extras" in it, like wheat middlings or soy (yes, I know TC Lite has these things in it, and we're considering cutting that out entirely). Platinum Performance doesn't contain any of the things that get my antennae up, so that was a huge plus for me.

After chatting online with the PP folks (who provide FANTASTIC customer service, btw), I decided to go with the standard Platinum Performance Equine supplement, with Healthy Weight (Flax oil) to add more calories. I opted to get it in the little packs for ease of feeding.

I feel like I'm wasting packaging, but DAMN these things are handy.

And this little cutout thing makes them so easy to open, even with gloves on.

Shortly after I started feeding PP to Taran, we realized that Brego would need to have a hoof wall resection. My vet recommended loading him up on a good hoof supplement, and I decided to go with PP again, and add their hoof supplement to the basic supplement. Brego's been on that for about 70 days so far. While I was at it, I decided to put Paddy on the basic supplement too. Because fair's fair, right?

All three horses LOVE the supplement. It's a dry powder, and there's a lot of it, which I was a little worried about. However, they all lick their bowls clean. A+ for palatability. Taran isn't fond of the oil, and it's a little messy to feed - but then, so is any oil.

It really is a lot of powder.

Here's what I've noticed about each:

Paddy has not shown any noticeable change while on PP. He's always had great feet, a slick coat, and tons of dapples, and he still does. He's slimmer, but that's because he's getting more work. I don't feel like the supplement is doing anything visible for him. However, the ingredients list is better than TC Lite, and it costs about the same to feed per day. I may end up discontinuing the TC Lite entirely and instead giving a handful of alfalfa pellets to go with the supplement - which is actually what PP recommends.

For Brego, I have not seen a marked change in his hoof growth or quality of hoof, which is what we were hoping for. However, although he's always had a great coat, the dude is now like a piece of satin, despite my best attempts at neglect. Seriously, he is so damn shiny, he just GLEAMS. He hasn't had a bath in FOREVER and no coat care products are ever used on him, but this is how shiny he is after a little curry and brushing:

Seriously. And he's super soft too. 

Unfortunately, we're not going for a gorgeous satiny coat here, we're going for better feet. However, I realized that I made a mistake when ordering and didn't get enough of the hoof supplement added, based on his ginormous size. I've ordered more though, and hopefully in higher doses we'll see a bigger difference. So the jury is still out on this one.

For Taran... well, greys generally aren't shiny, so I wasn't expecting much of a change there. However, he definitely has a lot more gas in the tank, and he's filled out quite a lot more, despite the only other change in his feed being the addition of one flake of alfalfa per day. Granted, he's also been getting quite a few trainer rides, so that probably helps a lot with the muscling, but I still feel like the Platinum Performance has helped him bulk up significantly without pouring a lot of processed grain in him. That's definitely a win in my book!

Beefcake

So, bottom line? It's an expensive supplement no doubt, and for some horses that are easy keepers with great feet and Naturally Gorgeous Haffie Hair (TM), it might not be worth it - or it might be, if you can discontinue using any other hard feeds. However, if you want horse horse to look like you've been grooming him for days when you haven't, or if you're looking to help a horse with energy and fitness without lots of hard feed, I would definitely give it a try.

25 comments:

  1. The eventing trainer at our barn swore by PP, and it looks like some pretty great stuff.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not convinced that most supplements do much, but this definitely seems to make horses shiny and bulkier!

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    1. It's definitely a bit on the pricey side, but it does seem to help.

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  3. I think I might have been temporarily blinded by the black diamond that is Brego ::still squinting::

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  4. Wow... That is a shiny shiny coat!

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  5. I have got to stop reading supplement write ups. It makes me want to buy something when really, my horse looks great. Haha.

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    1. Lol, no need to use a supplement unless you've got a specific goal in mind. They're expensive!

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  6. PP should send you some free shipments as that is a fab advertising post. I don't usually give my monsters any extras (unless vet prescribed) but I want to now that I see how shiny B is 😍😍😍

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    1. Lol, nah, I wasn't asked to do a review nor do I get anything for doing one. This is just my opinion about a product that I used.

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  7. I've always been curious about PP - I've read some great things about it, so thank you for the review!

    It is expensive, but hey, if they're only putting in the good stuff, then that makes sense.

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    1. Good supplements are pricey, but I do think you get what you pay for.

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  8. I love PP! TC was on Osteon, the bone supplement that they make, customer service was awesome. And my vet always recommends Platinum CJ, their joint supplement (so expensive omg). Their rep at horse expo freaked me out though- they said that horses often get really energetic on it because the horses feel better on it. And I wanted to say "not always a selling point!"

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    1. Yeah, their customer service has been fab, and I really appreciate that. The CJ is soooo expensive as you noted... not sure I'm springing for that any time soon (Adequan would probably be on my list before trying a feed-through). And that's funny about horses being more energetic because they feel better on it - Taran is definitely feeling a little more up these days! Which is, uh, good? Maybe?

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  9. Holy crap! Definitely need to look into it

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    1. Brego's usually super shiny, but this is a whole new level!

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  11. Funny you should post this review as I am doing an update on Monday. :0)

    Speedy's been on it for several weeks, but I haven't noticed any changes. He already has a silky, shiny coat and great feet. I wasn't expecting to see anything new, but I like what it's supposed to do. I have noticed big changes in Izzy though: his energy level is much quieter and I'v been able to cut out a TON of extra feed. In the end, Platinum is actually cheaper than what I was feeding him.

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    1. Isn't that interesting, that we both saw changes in the horses that seemed to need it and not so much in the horses that are already doing well? I'm glad to hear that it's working so well for Izzy, and that's super that you were able to cut out so much extra feed!

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  12. It will take 3-6 months for you to see ANY improvement on a good supplement because the quality hoof must grow down and that takes TIME!

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    1. Actually, it only takes about 2-4 weeks (depending on growth rate) to be able to see new hoof coming in from the top. You end up with an event line if there's been a significant change of some sort that is affecting their feet. Lush grass, wormer, vaccinations, a change in feed, a new supplement, shoes/no shoes, any of those things can cause an event line depending on how sensitive the horse is. In Brego's case, there's no event line, but he's putting out a slightly different quality of hoof at the very top - I can see it because the texture of the coronet band has changed and become a little more moist and flaky. I asked my vet and she said that sometimes happens with a hoof supplement. But you're right, it'll take another month or two before we can really see the difference further down.

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