Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
Thanks again desert....I read the article and am very familiar with Dr. Valentine and the diet. So, even though the girls have been on a low sugar, low carb diet......they still need that fat increase for the diet to be successful. I hadn't added the fat in the past because of them being overweight. But, what I've learned is, that these horses will actually soak up the added fat like a sponge, since their muscles need it to use for energy. Plus you have to reach that 20-25% level in order for it to be effective. So, now it makes sense to me.
They are getting their portion of their ration balancer mixed with soaked alfalfa cubes and the oil. It will get harder as I increase their oil....Belle will have to have 4 cups...so, hopefully she will keep eating. I'll increase the soaked alfalfa cubes if I need to. I don't want to do the rice bran. Then they get the 40 pounds of hay a day between the two of them and their pasture, later on.
I really feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don't think of it as a death sentence. I hope she improved over the months. But a walking trail horse for me is good too as long as she can before she is retired later in life.