Grace's Wild Horse Diet

GRACE (approximately 16 years old as of 2022)

 I saved Grace on the day she was to be put down. Her owner had abandoned her at a small boarding stable who's owner was 80 years old and having health issues. He had contacted four veterinarians about Grace's condition, two of which said to put her down, two said she could be treated but her issue would return. Its been a journey of just over 4 years now, and Grace is stable and happy being a field pony with her buddy Mara. You can find the start to Grace's journey in our blog section, which starts HERE.

Grace's Diet fed twice daily

Endless local hay in a slow feed hay bag

  • Teff Pellets 2 to 4 cups dry measure  (though we started with orchard grass pellets but Teff is lower in sugar and the horses seem to like it better!)
  • Coolstance 2 to 4 cups. We started her with Iron Horse All in One but the senior horses (especially the minis) have a harder time with that much oil so for convenience sake they are all fed Coolstance and I often rotate higher fats in in the winter time (such as chia seeds) as Grace does much better on higher fats to keep her weight up. She does not do as well on higher protein hays for weight gain as she then has too much nervous energy.
  • Rice Bran Pellets 1 to 2 cups
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (given in mainly warm months for aiding in pest control) which all the horses get. 
  • Nutritional Yeast 1 tbs To help build muscle as calm frayed nerves as Grace can tend to be a very nervous horse.  
  • Redmond mineral Salt 1 to 2 tbs in bucket plus Redmond Salt Rocks in turnout. 
  • MSM 1 tbs
  • Kelp 1 tbs
  • Cushings Calm and Sugar Down rotated in as we feed Mara and Grace as a "herd" so those are mostly added for Mara's benefit, though Grace also benefits from them to help keep her body in balance. 1 tbs
  • Cootie Kicker in the spring for at least a month 1 tbs to boost immune system (see below Worm Gone Max) 
  • Worm Gone Max about 5 days a month during warm weather as Grace tends to carry a heavier parasite burden due to a very damaged immune system.