Theres been alot of great threads on here lately but I just wanted to start a new thread slightly different and more in depth.
We have training and tack threads...however all the training in the world won't fix a sore or unhealthy horse. This thread will be for members to share what they do to keep their equine athletes in too shape and healthy, as well as feed...supplements...care on the road etc AND to ask questions.
Let's keep this thread constructive.
Typically I feed Ultium and a 14% sweet feed mixed together I just straight 14% sweet. I used to feed Strategy HE but after several impaction cases I talked to the vet and was informed that sweet feed was easier to digest and mess likely to cause impaction.( Sweet feed is high in sugar/starch and not recommended for starch sensitive horses)
I also feed a probiotic/enzyme/overall health booster Platinum
I believe that one of the most important things in a horses diet is forage. Grass, hay etc. A horse should consume 20% of it body weight per day in forage
Every 2 month I dose my horses with 1 1/2 cups of Metamucil for 7 days to get sand and anything else out of their gut. Helps with weight and all over :) .
To me horses hooves are THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to take care of. It's the foundation. Improperly shod or trimmed hooves can cause excess strain on internal structures of the foot which can lead to navicular, sidebone, etc etc as well as cause excess strain on tendons, ligaments, muscles. If your horses angles are off it can cause the whole horse to be out of sync. I always always always X-ray my horses hooves for the farrier so he knows precisely how to trim and shoe
Alot of people don't realize that teeth can be a huge issue on the pattern and off. Weight loss, turning issues etc can come from jagged or hooked teeth. I always get my horses teeth checked and done if needed every 6 months.
In my colts I make sure to have wolf teeth pulled
I'm a huge believer in keeping a horse sound and comfortable. IME 90% of issues on the pattern stem from a site of uncomfortable horse. I get a basic lameness evaluation done in my barrel horses every 6 months if I'm hauling hard to see if injections are needed or an adjustment from a chiropractor. I also try to GameReady my barrel horses once a month.
Another thing I'm going to start to start doing is send them to a aqua tread during the break to really get them in shape and relieve the tension build up in their muscles. I believe it's 550 for one month done 5 times a week.
After a hard workout or ride I cold hose legs and apply liniment. MAKE SURE you wash it off before you ride again. I don't do this after every ride but if I really work them I do.
I only wrap legs for aing if I'm traveling over 3 hours. DON'T JUST USE POLOS. A no bow wrap or quilt bandages under polos is what to use. I also haul with Soft Rides.
When I'm on the road I dose with mint Mylanta to reduce stomach upset or Prescision Omaprezole paste. If I'm at a 3 day show I do it once daily to prevent ulcers and gas colic.
Horses are animals and can get burnt out. IMO its important to let them enjoy being a horse. Give them turnout time....take them on trailrides etc.
Really pay attention to your horse and know when he's off or uncomfortable.