The Cinnamon Dilemma for IR Horse
I have an IR pony that I am currently balancing her diet. Cinnamon was suggested to help. I've done a lot of research, and I'm overwhelmed. Apparently, the best cinnamon is Rou Gui and Gui Zhi from Asia. All well and good, but it is EXPENSIVE. Like really amazingly expensive. I am thinking of just buying the organic bulk cinnamon and calling it good (she's supposed to get 1 Tablespoon a day), but does anyone KNOW if there is a place to get those other ones cheaply? Does anyone else with an IR horse feed cinnamon? Will it really make that much of a difference if I use the regular and not the asian? I'm leaning toward the regular stuff because of the cost. 1 lb of the organic cinnamon at the store is 5 dollars, the asian stuff is 35 for 1 lb!! I am already testing the hay and while that's being done she's on EZKeeper Grass Vite and Quiessence in a Smartpak topped with Remission. She has a grazing muzzle when out in the pasture and a dry lot. She exercises 3 days a week, sometimes more or less depending on the needs of the other horses. The vet said more fiber will help, too, so I was thinking of combining the cinnamon with some chia seeds. I still have to see if she will even eat it ... so I'm going to kitchen cabinet tonight and putting some regular spice rack cinnamon with 1/4 cup chia seeds as an experiment. She's still chubby; however, her crest is softer, but she looks like Jell-O when she trots.
Any thoughts on cinnamon? Has anyone used it successfully (and did you use the regular or Asian kind)?