Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I think our BO has good hay and really have no worries there. I know she was a bit concerned with the last shipment from a different supplier but its far from poor quality! I am very happy she's so willing to work with me to get Ronan into the best shape possible. I'm just a bit concerned at the lack of muscle with a 5-day a week program and the lack of brilliance to his coat and personality. It makes me think that something is lacking, something more than steady work. I want to get to the bottom of it, he's my horse and my responsibility, and I want him to radiate health.
I'm grain-dumb, hence all the questions.
I do agree that proper work is the only way to a better overall muscle, HOWEVER, my gut feeling is that there's something deeper here. You cannot build muscle properly if the proper proteins, amino acids, etc are lacking.
I was anemic a while back - no matter how much sleep I got, or how I adjusted my exercise schedule/balanced activities, I was exhausted. Got my iron up and it was night and day different.
I appreciate all the input! My BO started him on grain today and is very willing to help he to the bottom of this. I will be doing a ton of research to find the best feeding program to compliment the training program he is and will be on.
As for hay - my BO gets good quality hay, but that's all I know. I have no clue about percentages of protein etc. all I know is that I rely on her expertise. He gets fed a ton of hay each feeding and cleans it up. For any other horse it would be free-choice haha. THAT'S what concerns me - that he's eating so much good hay, and looking so... Yeah.
As far as ulcers - great point. Will look into it!
I'm excited to see the changes hopefully sooner rather than later.
Tiff, by the way, you're a doll - thank you a ton!! He's got a ravenous appetite all the time.
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Last edited by JustDressageIt; 03-01-2013 at 01:45 AM.