Okay. My horse has had pretty bad back issues for a whuile now due to an ignorant owner before me. I think i'm finally getting on top of it and have gotten himto a place where he can be comfortable working in his tack and with a rider.
Part of this was getting him treated by a man named Terry last week. He uses Acupunture, Laser Therapy, massage, manipulation as well as a few produts he has imported from the US to treat horses. Bundy was sore in a few places and out in others, but the main thing he found was that he has been tying up. Not bad enough to impede his movmenet severely (I have had one other horse tie up and he could hardly walk; I didn't know there were more 'minor' effects) but enough to cause a lot of soreness in his liver area which was mistaken for back soreness. He treated him with Sore-No-More liniment and Laser therapy to move the lactic acid and has suggest a re-haul of his feeding.
Here's the issue; Deciding on a new feeding regime! At the moment he is getting fed a scoop of Vitality Plus
at night, and while there is not a lot of feed in the paddock, a biscuit of lucerne hay. In summer when we have feed in the paddock he doesn't get any hay. The feed is more to keep them friendly and top up anything they may be lacking than to provide energy, etc.
He has recently had a month or two off while we worked out his sorness issues and saddle issues. I now have my new saddle custom made to fit him, and after Terry's session he is free of soreness, so he will be brought back into work. Progressively as it gets warmer he will be ridden more during the week and for longer, as well as competing on weekends.
Terry suggested switching him over to a Hygain Feed: Hygain
. He uses Hygain with his horses and says he recommends it to all his clients. He said to find the feed that suits us the most, he has used Release successfully with horses who tie up, but any would work.
Here are the feeds I think are suitable: Release Allrounder Balanced
Feel free to give any opinions on which would suit Bundy better! Only looking to feed small amounts.
Terry also suggested that we replace the lucerne hay with Lucerne/Green Chaff, as it contains less glucose, which may be contributing to his tying up. If not, then soaking and then drying out the lucerne will get rid of some of the excess glucose.
Now here's the problem... Bundy is in a paddock with my little Arab, Wildey, and a friends lease horse, Buddy. My dad feeds them nightly as they live on the property he works on. Wildey and Bundy so far get the same size scoop of Vitality Plus, and all three horses get a biscuit of hay. Wildey and Bundy finish their Vitality, and then all three swap around hay. Buddy's owner has just bought a bulk lot of lucerne hay cheap off my dad's boss. If we swap Bundy over to meadow hay, then he will simply take Wildey or Buddy's hay (he is Alpha). We can swap Wildey and Bundy over to green chaff, but if they don't like it, again one will swap with Buddy. If it takes longer/shorter time to eat than Buddy's hay, then again bullying will occur. Swapping to Hygain shouldn't be a problem, as we will just feed Wildey the same quantity of Vitality as Bundy gets of Hygain. The only problem will be if Bundy doesn't like the Hygain, as again he will steal Wildey's vitality.
It sn't feasible for dad to seperate the horses to feed them. I don't know what to do!