Following are the daily rations for each horse as guideline examples with descriptions of each horse. Not all products may be available in your areas. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. Of my three horses, I have a hard keeper, a medium keeper and an "easy" keeper.
GIDEON The "hard" keeper.
Diagnosed with type 2 EPSM 2010
2004 16Hand Egyptian Arab/Dutch Warmblood
Body Weight approx 1150lbs
Fed twice per day
UPDATE: 2014 Gideon's disease progressed to a point of no return and was put to rest.
He is greatly missed.
Free fed approx 6-8 flakes local grass hay with low sugar content in slow feed hay bag. During winter months 1 small flake of alfalfa as he tended to drop some weight when it is cold.
BELLE - medium keeper
Approx 2008 14.2Hand Quarab (or straight QH,we arent sure)
Body Weight approx 930lb-"mediium" keeper
Very Active/in training 3-5 times a week
UPDATE 2014 Belle is with a new owner enjoying life on a ranch!
Rations fed twice per day/Free Fed local grass hay approx. 6 flakes
Belle carries more muscle now than is seen in this picture. This was before I figured out that even though she is smaller, she needs more calories than Senti.
SENTI - "easy" keeper
2003 15 Hand Quarter Horse-Body Weight Approx 1050lb
Regularly Active, walk/trot lesson horse. Stifle issues limit use.
Rations fed Twice Per Day/Free Fed Local low sugar grass hay, sugar sensitive "easy" keeper. More mineral demanding than Belle or Gideon. Approx. 4-5 flakes of hay twice per day.
Senti came to me underweight and under muscled but with a cresty neck. Even though her previous owner had her on very limited rations, what was given was not the right choice for Senti. She has since lost the cresty neck and has built muscle. Both she and Belle eat the same low sugar hay but their carbs and fats are distributed differently.
Additional supplements include:
Though many of these items can be mixed together for easy use, I prefer to keep them separated so I can make adjustments if necessary. With Senti I learned about "mineral hogs". Some people (and animals) burn more vitamins, some more minerals. Senti tends to burn a lot of minerals. Boreal Balance is a very good mix of minerals to add to my program, though I do not use it at their recommended dosage due to the fact that my herbal blends add quite a lot of minerals to the diet naturally. When introduced carefully, Boreal Balance can be used as a "free feed" mineral mix.
GLORY - Medium Keeper
2004 PMU baby, Percheron, Fjord, QH and TB
Body Weight Approx 1150lb
Regularly Active, walk/trot and some cantering.
Glory was found to have EPSM like Gideon, which is common to PMU horses. She passed away suddenly on January 31, 2017 most likely due to an aneurysm. She was a once in a lifetime horse and will be greatly missed by all.
Rations fed Twice Per Day/Free Fed Local low sugar grass hay, sugar sensitive but not an "easy" keeper. Possibly sensitive to alfalfa or raspberry leaf. Approx. 4-6 flakes of hay per day.
Rations per meal (fed 2 times a day)
Glory came to me in 2015 with good weight but under muscled but with a very cresty neck. Even though her previous owner had her on a good diet, it was not quite the right choice for Glory as she seemed to have sugar issues. She was in the process of losing the cresty neck and had built muscle. Both she and Senti eat the same low sugar hay but their carbs and fats are distributed differently.
PERCY - Came in as a "hard keeper" with stomach issues.
2005 12.3H Hackney Pony
Walk/trot lessons, learning to drive
Rations fed twice per day. 2-3 flakes hay
Rations per meal
Percy was the most challenging horse I've ever had to get on herbs. He would not eat his feed wet or mixed together. It took over 2 months to get him to eat his goodies mixed and wet. He also didn't put weight on in that time so I'm guessing he has pretty severe stomach issues. He was also very girthy and grouchy when saddled. Percy came to me January 2015. He is now a fat, sassy pony who loves to be loved on! Percy went on to be a little girl's riding horse, a lesson pony, and at last update was learning to pull a cart!
Memory - 1987 Arab Mare
Memory came into my care in very poor shape. No energy, in pain, and could not eat hay due to lack of back teeth. Though I could not heal all her issues, she went from being a horse unwilling to move to a horse with spunk and energy being used for a child's walk/trot lesson horse. Memory's journey started with me in 2014 however, her severe arthritic issues continued to escalate (as they are not reversible) and in the fall of 2017 it was decided by her owner to finally put her to rest. Memory taught many little children to ride and love horses (three of which were my grandchildren) and she is greatly missed.
Rations fed twice per day wet
Additional supplements include:
-deworming herbs 4 days per month spring till first frost.
-garlic granules 2 TBS for 6 weeks starting in March then drop to 1 TBS till end of fly season.
Though many of these items can be mixed together for easy use, I prefer to keep them separated so I can make adjustments if necessary.
Newly added to our "herd" fall of 2017 is Sandelee (age 30) and Amber (age 27), my first mini horses! They are wonderful elderly senior horses and are teaching my grandchild how to appreciate the seniors in our lives! Photo below is the day of their arrival...a typical Oregon day of rain! Both are on the same diet and share/argue over who's bucket is who's. Though they both still eat hay, they get large buckets of warm wet mash as their past diet was not appropriate for these old ladies. They were free grazing grass, being fed orchard grass and "senior" mix that was very high in sugars and starches. Though these pictures dont show it, they were very overweight for their size. They have lost a lot of weight, their coats are now shiny and soft. Though it took some convincing that this new diet was better than their old sugar filled diet, they are now happily munching away on and even being demanding of their new meals! They are now on a diet of:
Grazing on nice sunny days (as they both had rain rot, no more standing out in the rain!)
Free feed low sugar hay
Recipes below are buckets for each horse, twice a day
2 cups soaked orchard pellets
1/2 cup rice bran
1 TSP Nutritional Yeast
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Vitamin E with Selenium (once or twice a week, not full dose)
Mineral Salt Block
Due to the cold wet weather, Amber and Sandelee have not yet been tested with the Herbal Sampling Kit. However, with warm weather coming, check back! These hilarious little ladies will be tested and videos will be posted! (March 2018)
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