Originally Posted by Caili
i have our horses on a strictly low energy diet onsisting of Copra, Gumnuts, Calmperformer, Ricebran and lucerne hay.
All of those ingredients are quite high energy/calorie feeds! But perhaps you mean high starch or feeds that are known to make a horse 'hot'? Of course excess energy of any kind will do that - & feeding those kinds of 'conditioning' ingreds to mine would have them jumping out of their skin.... until they became too fat to move
- but grainy/starchy/sugary ingreds are known for it, and at least copra, ricebran & lucerne are low. How come they're on all those different things & especially as you want 'strictly low energy', how come the gumnuts & calm performer, which are both grain-based & have molasses added?
The reason for the calcium stuff was because the gelding gets an occasional swelling of one of his back legs, only slight swelling, and we think it might be a joint problem or arthritis.
As Trinity said, Ca is not nec a good thing for arthritis even if it is that - depends whether he's deficient in it. Could be that he's too high in it - lucerne/alfalfa is high Ca. So I'd advise you reassess his diet & then do a diet analysis before considering what supps, natural or otherwise he might need. FeedXL.com is one good service for that, if you don't/can't consult a nutritionist personally.