05-09-2010, 11:11 PM
| || | Quite frankly, I don't believe in feeding grain unless necessary. Not only is it a completely unnatural substance for a horse to be consuming, it's one of the leading causes of colic. None of our horses work hard enough to warrant needing it, they survive fat and sassy on free choice hay and grass. In my opinion, people who stuff their horses with grain are making excuses - a horse can work DARN hard before needing a substitute for basic hay and grass.
Originally Posted by ponyboy
They have free choice mineral/salt blocks (mineral, iodine, cobalt). I also started her on an electrolyte supplement mixed with a small portion of beet pulp since she tied up. I haven't had an issue with her since, and we've had some pretty hard lunge/round pen sessions, harder then the day I rode her.
I don't think she's ever going to win awards for her stamina, I've just never seen a horse, even an unfit young one, with such lousy stamina. It's not just the sweating, it's the breathing. Like I said, Shay-las 3 year old sweats pretty easy but she doesn't pant furiously like Jynx.
Thanks for the advice, I'll just bring her up slowly with lots of jogging and see how she progresses through the summer. Our farrier is in love with her feet and said SHE would make a good endurance horse (my Arab has such lousy feet, he advised strongly against it) but it's looking like that will be a laugh!