I have a 22-year-old Arabian mare (14.3 hands; 960 lb or 435 kg) that has Cushing’s. She doesn’t work hard, trotting on a longe line for 20 minutes or so a couple of times a week. Her basic diet includes scant pasture, 16 lb (7.2 kg) of timothy hay, 1 lb (0.45 kg) of ration balancer, and 1 cup of a senior feed to help mix in her supplements. Her supplements include cinnamon, ground flaxseed, chaste tree, probiotics, psyllium, and two digestive products. She also receives pergolide for Cushing’s. I’ve battled loose manure with her for many years, but it seems to be worsening as she ages. Would adding pumpkin or charcoal help her; would either interfere with her medicine?
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.
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