A recent delivery of timothy hay has a brownish-green color; it is definitely not bright or light green. Horses are eating every morsel, though their manure looks dark and dry. The horses are two easy keepers, both draft-crosses, and because of their metabolism and breed, this is the only thing they get to eat (no pasture or concentrates). Your thoughts?
I just purchased a 16-year-old gelding that weighs about 1,100 lb (500 kg) that I’d like to use for some light trail-riding. His weight seems OK but he could use some muscle and overall fitness. The gelding’s previous owner gave him some senior feed (about one-half of a coffee can), a handful of alfalfa pellets, and some hay each day. I have five acres of pasture for him and another horse, and I can provide him with whatever feed and supplements he requires. Because I don’t know much about his previous diet, where do I begin?
I have three Warmblood broodmares, all in moderately fleshy body condition and all healthy. They spend the majority of their time in stalls (about 15 hours each day) and the remainder in dry paddocks. They are fed two cups of low-starch feed a day and as much second-cutting orchardgrass as they choose. Is this diet adequate? Surely there’s nothing in this basic diet that would cause retained placentas, is there?
My mother’s 25-year-old mare has an enlarged thyroid. The mare does not gain weight despite consuming two to three times more senior feed than is recommended for her size. I believe her inability to gain weight has something to do with the thyroid, which has grown steadily over the last few years. Is overfeeding making the problem worse? We've had the vet look at her, but I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions.
I have a five-month-old Standardbred weanling filly with an osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesion of the stifle. My vet recommended feeding a forage-only diet (grass hay) for eight weeks. She’s a big, strong, growthy filly that is about 375 lb (170 kg). Is All-Phase appropriate for her? If so, could you recommend an appropriate intake for her?
My daughter gives our 13-hand pony about 3 lb (1.4 kg) of feed each morning, even though we both know the pony doesn’t need it, as he is obese. Her defense: he requires the vitamins and minerals in the feed for overall well-being. Is there an alternative feed or supplement we can feed him to make him believe he’s getting his usual meal but limiting caloric intake? Other than the feed, he lives on unlimited orchardgrass hay and scarce, low-quality pasture.
I own a 13-month-old filly, Millie, that’s in moderate weight. I am moving her to a farm closer to me that has better pasture than she has now, and she will be turned out all day, every day. With this change in pasture, what’s the best feed for her? Right now, Millie receives about 8 quarts of a “breeding feed,” which is intended for young horses as well as broodmares. The pasture she’s currently on is mediocre at best, so she’s also given as much orchardgrass/alfalfa (lucerne) hay as she wants. Maybe free-choice mineral is the way to supplement pasture? What’s your advice?
My 14-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and Lyme disease about five years ago. Treatment for EPM was effective except from some continued stumbling down hills. He has since tested positive for Lyme disease again, characterized by poor condition, subtle depression, and frequent gas colic. He’s fed 2 lb (0.9 kg) high-quality feed, a vitamin/mineral supplement, and one or two flakes of alfalfa hay each day, in addition to pasture 24/7. He’s being treated with doxycycline for the Lyme disease, aloe vera for gastric ulcers, and probiotics for gut health. I am working with my barn manager to revise his diet to supply more calories for weight gain. Can anything be done about the Lyme damage?
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