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?
My 13-year-old Paint mare has had equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in the past, though she seems to be recovered now except for some intermittent stumbling. She’s moderately fleshy, which is a good weight for her. She is fed 1 lb (0.45 kg) of fortified sweet feed, alfalfa and timothy hay pellets, soaked beet pulp, and pasture 24/7. Would a vitamin E supplement be good for her? Is there such as thing as too much vitamin E?
I moved my Arabian mare to a new boarding barn in the winter. I chose this facility in part because of the well-maintained pastures and abundant grazing. This spring and early summer my mare began to slobber excessively. When she opened her mouth to accept the bit, saliva gushed from her mouth. The barn owner, who has housed horses on the property for nearly three decades, said it was due to a naturally occurring fungus on some pasture grasses and as long as my mare has water available to her (which she does), she would be fine. Does this sound on the up-and-up to you?
My 23-year-old Friesian broodmare was purchased in Holland 14 years ago. Since her arrival, she has lived out at night in the summer and out at day in the winter, as I like to offer hay as well as grass at all times to avoid colic and other problems. She has always been a poor eater and girthy. She began having diarrhea nine months ago. The vet prescribed a gut balancer and probiotic treatment, and he told us to feed her only hay. She hardly touched the hay and didn’t seem to be getting any better throughout the winter. She lost so much weight that I thought we would lose her. Spring came and I decided to put her in the field with the other horses to see what happened. Well, she improved somewhat and gained a little weight. I came across an article that talked about the pH of the colon and acidosis. I know she is not typical in that she has not been stabled and grain-fed, but do you think it would be worth trying her on EquiShure? Or, do you have any other suggestions?
I own Athens, a 24-year-old. 16.2-hand, 1,250-lb (565-kg) Warmblood gelding. His current diet consists of Bermudagrass pasture, 10 lb (4.5 kg) of timothy hay, 2 lb (0.9 lb) balancer pellet, and 2 lb (0.9 kg) of beet pulp. He had two laminitis episodes, with the last occurring four years ago. I am concerned about a recurrence because he is pasture-boarded, and he removes his grazing muzzle often. Your thoughts?
My ten-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter gelding is healthy and sound, except I can't work him much, as he routinely gets thumps if the temperature even approaches the high 70s. We are anticipating a record hot summer with many days over 100 degrees. I'm at my wit’s end thinking about how this will affect him. I had to scratch a class at the last show due to thumps, and it was not a demanding day for a horse his age. He is fed alfalfa hay and 2 lb (0.9 kg) of a performance feed, and he is in moderate body condition. Help!
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