Time for a Kenzie update! Hold on tight because I have a LOT to say xD
I talked the farrier that I've really been wanting into doing a discounted trim if I can get Kenzie hauled up to her place, so I'm currently working on that. I have a friend who might be able to haul us up if I pay for gas, since she's interested in having Mrs. Butler trim her gelding's feet too, so we'll be doing some loading/unloading work this week to try and get Kenzie out of the 'TRAILERSEATHORSES' mindset.
I officially started turning Ginger and Kenzie out together on supervised visits on Monday, and they seem to be doing well. Kenzie is still much more aloof that I thought she'd be, but she doesn't seem to mind Ginger's company, and Ginger just ADORES her new 'baby.' I'm trying to think of another horse to add into the mix as well though, because I really don't want to deal with Ginger being buddy sour, which she tends to do if she's left alone. She's normally in a band of 12 horses on the other side of our property. So far I can't really think of a good cannidate though, as most of our horses are ranch gelding and they do their jobs great but they really just arent the nurturing type. They have their pecking order and you don't dare try to add someone else into the mix!
I also took the liberty to ask for a quote from a very well known shipping company just to see what costs would be like. They often trailer expensive show and race horses and have a good reputation, but ofcourse, that comes with a hefty price. For a 4 x 9 trailer stall that is rubber matted/walled and divided to the floor, plus 'air ride' (does that mean A/C? LOL I wasn't sure...) and a half-way layover in a 12 x 12 box stall overnight, we'd be looking at $850 to Kentucky, or $1,200 to California. YIKES O_o I'm still looking though.
Another thing that I noticed that is worrying me...is that yesterday I was brushing Kenzie's tail out (first time she really let me touch there. She's been a bit shy about the hindquarters and her udders being messed with) I realized that her tail curves into almost a question mark at the bottom...as if she may have broken it at some point? I've never seen a broken tail before but this sure seems like it was. It seems to be an old injury that healed on its own, it wasn't tender to touch, swollen, or hot. Its...strange. Have any of you dealt with a broken tail before? There isn't really anything I can do about it NOW is there, or should I get the vet out? Money is tight right now so I can't afford another visit that isn't going to amount in anything, but I'll do it if I have to.
Next, I'm playing around with her feed again. The vet has okayed her coming off of the expensive suppliment that we were getting by Px because her blood panel came back with her not being low on anything (yay!) and so we're trying to transition her to a less 'complicated' diet. I think that even though Tractor Supply is farther away from us, I'm just going to suck it up and go there for feed, because stuff tends to be cheaper and there is more of a selection. I really don't like Kenzie being on Equine Junior because it has a pretty high amount of sugar in it and is a complete feed.
A lot of our horses are on stabilized Rice Bran. What do you think of putting her on maybe 1/2 lb (8 oz) a day? If I do that, are pellets or meal better? Meal costs less but I don't know if theres a significant difference or not.
Unfortunately TSC only has either pure Alfalfa Cubes, pure Timothy Pellets, or 50/50 Alfalfa/Timothy Cubes. Should I risk giving her cubes and just soak them longer, or should I give her timothy pellets?
For feeds, I have these choices:
Equine Junior- for $21.50/50 lbs (she's already on this)
Crude Protein (min.) 14.5%, Fat (min.) 5.5%, Calcium (min.) 0.9%, Lysine (min.) 0.8%, Phosphorus (min.) 0.55%, Fiber (max.) 16%, Calcium (max.) 1.2%, Zinc (min.) 220 ppm, Copper (min.) 60 ppm, Selenium (min.) 0.3 ppm, Vitamin A (min.) 3500 IU/lb., Vitamin E (min.) 150 IU/lb.
Nutrena® Life Design® Mare & Foal for $19.50/50 lbs She would be eating about 4.5-5 lbs a day.
Crude Protein 16%, Crude Fat 6%, Calcium 0.85 to 1.25%, Lysine 0.85%, Phosphorus 0.7%, Threonine 0.5%, Methionine 0.35%, Crude Fiber max. 9%, Zinc 180 ppm, Copper 60 ppm, Selenium 0.5 ppm, Vitamin A 5,000 IU/lb., Vitamin D3 500 IU/lb., Vitamin E 80 IU/lb., Biotin .45 mg/lb.
Purina® Omolene #300® Growth Horse Feed- 4-5 lbs daily at $21/50lbs
Crude Protein (min.) 16.00%, Fat (min.) 6.00%, Lysine (min.) 0.90%, Calcium (Ca) (min.) 0.90%, Phosphorus (P) (min.) 0.55%, Fiber (max.) 6.50%, Calcium (Ca) (max.) 1.20%, Zinc (Zn) (min.) 220.00 ppm, Copper (Cu) (min.) 60.00 ppm, Selenium (Se) (min.) 0.60 ppm, Vitamin A (min.) 3,000.00 IU/lb, Vitamin E (min.) 125.00 IU/lb.
I could also use feeds that aren't necessarily for weanlings/yearlings. The choices that I see that MIGHT work for her are:
DuMOR® EquiStages Horse Feed, 50 lb.
Crude Protein (min.) 14.00%, Lysine (min.) .65%, Crude Fat (min.) 6.00%, Crude Fiber (max.) 18.00%, Calcium (Ca) (min.) .80%, Calcium (Ca) (max.) 1.25%, Phosphorus (P) (min.) .50%, Salt (NaCl) (min.) .25%, Salt (NaCl) (max.) .75%, Sodium (Na) (min.) .10%, Sodium (Na) (max.) .60%, Copper (Cu) (min.) 50.00ppm, Selenium (Se) (min.) .50ppm, Zinc (Zn) (min.) 150.00ppm, Vitamin A (min.) 3000IU/lb, Ash (max.) 9.00%, Ruminant meat- and bone-meal free
Purina® Strategy® Professional Formula
Crude Protein (min.) 14.00%, Crude Fat (min.) 6.00%, Calcium (Ca) (min.) 1.00%, Phosphorus (P) (min.) 0.60%, Crude Fiber (max.) 12.50%, Calcium (Ca) (max.) 1.30%, Zinc (Zn) (min.) 280.00 ppm, Copper (Cu) (min.) 80.00 ppm, Selenium (Se) (min.) 0.60 ppm, Vitamin A (min.) 3,000.00 IU/lb.
I think I can also get Safe Choice. Again, no Enrich 32, which is what I really want >.>
I'm trying to get her on as much of a forage based diet as possible, but the feed stores are making this difficult! LOL I'm thinking I'll need a suppliment to transition her to as well, so here are my options.
Mare Plus- $25 per 3 lb bucket
Crude Protein (min.) 6.0%, Crude Fat (min.) 3.5%, Crude Fiber (max.) 6.0%, Calcium (min.) 5.80%, Calcium (max.) 6.80%, Phosphorus (min.) 5.00%, Salt (min.) 1.00%, Salt (max.) 1.50%, Potassium (K) (min.) 1.88%, Magnesium (Mg) (min.) 0.39%, Cobalt (Co) (min.) 300 ppm, Copper (Cu) (min.) 250 ppm, Iodine (I) (min.) 160 ppm, Iron (Fe) (min.) 4000 ppm, Manganese (Mn) (min.) 2200 ppm, Selenium (min.) 0.4 ppm, Zinc (Zc) (min.) 2000 ppm, Vitamin A 800,000 I.U., Vitamin D3 80,000 I.U., Vitamin E. 960 I.U., Vitamin B12 3240 mcg, Riboflavin 800 mg, d-Pantothenic Acid 1000 mg, Thiamine 700 mg, Niacin 2000 mg, Vitamin B6 165 mg, Folic Acid 144 mg, Choline 8700 mg, P-Amino Benzoic Acid 800 mg.
Manna Pro® Sho-Glo® Vitamin and Mineral Supplement, $56/5 lb (one of you recommended this right?)
Crude Protein (min.) 12.00 %, Crude Fat (min.) 2.50 %, Crude Fiber (max.) 15.00 %, Calcium (min.) 7.50 %, Calcium (max.) 8.50 %, Phosphorus (min.) 4.00 %, Salt None Added Magnesium (min.) 0.50%, Potassium (min.) 1.00%, Cobalt (min.) 88 ppm, Copper (min.) 880 ppm, Iodine (min.) 160 ppm, Manganese (min.) 2,900 ppm, Selenium (min.) 17.6 ppm, Zinc (min.) 3,160 ppm, Vitamin A (min.) 600,000 IU/lb, Vitamin D (min.) 70,000 IU/lb, Vitamin E (min.) 1,600 IU/lb, Riboflavin (min.) 375 mg/lb, d-Pantothenic Acid (min.) 250 mg/lb, Thiamine (min.) 250 mg/lb, Niacin (min.) 2,000 mg/lb, Vitamin B (min.) 100 mg/lb, Folic Acid (min.) 30 mg/lb, Choline (min.) 3,600 mg/lb, Ascorbic Acid (min.) 50 mg/lb.
Omegatin 20 lb/$30
15% protein, 20% fat, pelleted, nutrient dense horse feed with an exceptionally low level of starch (13.5%).
Grow Colt, 3 lbs/$19.99
Crude Protein (min.) 5.00%, Crude Fat (min.) 4.50%, Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%, Calcium (min.) 7.05%, Calcium (max.) 8.05%, Phosphorus (min.) 5.28%, Salt (min.) 1.65%, Salt (max.) 2.15%, Magnesium (min.) 0.40%, Potassium (min.) 1.25%, Manganese 1100 ppm, Iron 1800 ppm, Copper (min.) 22 ppm, Zinc (min.) 11 ppm, Iodine 160 ppm, Cobalt 11 ppm, Selenium (min.) 0.4 ppm, Vitamin A (min.) 480,000 I.U., Vitamin D3 100,000 I.U., Vitamin E 320 I.U., Vitamin B12 3.2 mg, Menadione 50 mg, Riboflavin 400 mg, d-Pantothenic Acid 360 mg, Thiamine 108 mg, Niacin 2400 mg, Vitamin B6 50 mg, Folic Acid 10 mg, Choline 3600 mg, Biotin .001 mg, P-Amino Benzoic Acid 90 mg, Ascorbic Acid 10 mg
Start-To-Finish Cool Calories
Crude Fat (min.) 99.0%, Total Fatty Acid (min.) 95.0%, Free Fatty Acids (max.) 1.0%, Unsaponifiable Matter (max.) 1.5%, Insoluble Impurities (max.) .0.5%, Moisture (max.) 1.0%
Also, I have her on Probios, ($10) 5g a day. Should I keep her on that?
Any ideas of which feeds/suppliments would be best? She's also have unlimited Jiggs Costal Hay and 2-3 flakes of Alfalfa daily at her disposal, and grazing ofcourse. Its just tough because I have a very limited budget, but I don't want to be cutting her short in any way. I want this little gal to feel as good as she can!
So long as you supply her with a balancer your youngster will do best on good quality Meadow hay - there is no need to feed any hard feed - I know everyone wants to fatten her up fast but they honestly do better on quality hay and when available grazing.
Can I ask why you need to trailer her to the farrier - do farriers not come out to people? This little horse really doesn't need the mental stress of being hauled elsewhere to have her feet trimmed - get a farrier to her.
I'm glad you have a paddock mate for her and no doubt as you go into spring you will be able to turn her out 24/7.
I raise all my youngsters outside as they need to move around - this strengthens their bones. It also allows them to play and be babies. Being a TB she does need to be covered with a snuggly lightweight cover that will not chafe her angular areas.
It's good to see that she is steadily improving as poor soul she has had a rough time.