Originally Posted by ToManyHorsesAndOnePony View Post
Suzie is very very upset with the switch....
I liken switching to a healthy alternative from junk food just like a kid who's allowed to eat Coco Pops every day suddenly only being offered All Bran
Supplements are a no with this girl. She won't take them. Won't touch anything that has anything added. I don't know how she knows,
Um, I'm guessing smell & taste is how she knows.
You can get more or less palatable supps - eg. I choose to feed mine a 'ration balancer' pellet because it's palatable & I don't want to give them a big feed that I can mix less palatable stuff with. Obviously your 'hoof supp' is palatable(why does she only get in winter??) Mg is also a supp they often don't like(bitter taste, surprises me that some horses seem to enjoy it), but mixed with a handful of copra meal, I find just about anything will go down(& I have one very fussy boy).
They have a mineral block, and get loose mineral salt as well, that she won't touch
Yeah, they don't get much at all from a mineral block, even if they licked for hours a day, so sounds like she's getting nothing as far as extra nutrients, which could well be a bigger prob than too many calories/carbs. It's been found that if mins such as Mg for eg. Are adequate, horses don't suffer from IR & laminitis, even if they are fat.
Supplements and whatever the vet thinks she should be on
Unless your vet has also studied equine nutrition, he may not know much about the subject. I suggest you do your own homework & also consult a nutritionist(not one that works for a feed co tho), rather than a vet, unless he is one too. Gravelproofhoof.org is another site you can learn more from re nutrition as it relates to soundness.
Re 'low grade' or 'sub clinical' or 'mild' laminitis/founder, it generally starts like that, goes unrecognised, until it progresses to lameness. It is also so common for people not to even recognise distorted hoof capsules, so it can even be chronic with major mechanical changes, even to the level of bone degeneration, before lameness becomes obvious & laminitis is diagnosed! It is uncommon for a horse to 'suddenly, out of the blue' develop acute laminitis/founder, but because owners(& many farriers, even some vets still) don't recognise the 'early warning signs', they ignore it until it 'suddenly' becomes a serious issue. If only everyone, like your farrier, noticed & took preventative action at the early signs, I believe the vast majority of 'real' laminitis/founder cases would not exist.