Senti's Wild Horse Diet

SENTI - "easy" keeper
2011-2018 (rehomed)
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.
  • 4 cups orchard grass pellets
  • 1/4 cup IRON HORSE
  • 1/2 cup Rice Bran
  • 1 1/2 TBS Powdered Herbs (her choice, Herbal Sampling)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Herbs (her choice)
  • 1/2 TBS salt-more in hotter weather
  • 1 TBS Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 TBS MSM
  • 1/2 TBS Boreal Balance Minerals
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. 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.