As many of you probably are familiar with, Lacey has a junk ton of health "issues." All of them are pretty under control right now thanks to the fact that I've finally figured out what seems to work for her.
She has ERU (moonblindness) so I have her basically on every anti-inflammatory I've gotten my hands on thus far (double-dose MSM, flax seeds, ACV, Devils Claw+Yucca), she's basically Insulin Resistant (untested, but she shows all the signs of it, so per the vet, I feed her like she is IR), as well as being 28 and getting the slightest bit "senile."
In terms of the IR, she's actually at a really great weight right now (wearing a grazing muzzle 9am-7pm everyday) but her neck is cresty and she definitely should not gain anymore. I'd say she's probably a 5.5 on the H scale (summer-Lacey is usually a 6.5 or 7).
Anyway, the things that work, when I buy the horse-branded supplements, are stupid expensive (mostly the Devils Claw and Yucca - $40 for 16oz of pellets!) and I am not made of money. Luckily I found a website where I can order most of the ingredients I need in bulk and have them be human-grade as well as MUCH cheaper.
"Unfortunately" that leads me to have more questions.
I started out with the sole intention of buying powdered Devils Claw and Yucca since that's what's in her daily pain supplement (for her eyes) and it works fantastically for her, without the side effects of bute (she goes nuts on bute - stays "sane" with DC+Y).
But THEN as I was looking through the "options" of things I could also order (I know, I know. Baaaad me. haha) I started seeing things like "Chaste Tree Berry" and "Slippery Elm" which I know I've read about being good for IR or ERU horses. Then, of course, I started wondering about what else might be good for her (at $10/lb for things you don't use more than 1/4 teaspoon/day of...I'm SO down)...and now I'm here to see if anyone knows anything.
Basically the qualities I'm interested in are: anti-inflammatory, pain relief, weight loss/stabilizing, immune boosting-ness (ERU is an auto-immune disease) and really anything that would help out general old lady stuff (one of her biggest issues is heat-regulation in the summer, she gets overheated in a snap).
Here's a link to the website/list in question: Order page bulk herb and spice from Herbalcom.
See something on there that looks helpful? Tell me!!
I do plan to start her on Magnesium for her IR-ness but beyond that. Of course, I know that she's not going to live forever and that, at 28, she's had quite a long life...but I still want these years to be her most comfortable. She deserves it and if I can give that to her, you can bet I will.
Also, "Apple Cider Vinegar Powder"??? What is that? Would it be better than "Apple Cider [flavored] Vinegar"?
Thanks for reading this novel. You guys are the best. :)