My take on Heiro is right up there with yours
I understand the simplicity of SmartPaks. If you do change to different companies, you could buy WalMart's cheap sandwich baggies and make your own SmartPaks. That way hubby still couldn't complain any more than he is now.
I have one of those too, by the way - a city slicker - lollollol He is so wonderful helping with the heavy stuff (went and got 125 bales of hay Saturday) but he's been around my horses since 2002 and STILL only knows about 20% of what he needs to know, just for simple maintenance.
His idea of feeding is "at least everybody got something"
That was before two of mine developed metabolic issues. Now I will crawl on my hands and knees to the barn if I have to, so they get what they need in the correct amounts Is it Animed's "Remission" you are feeding?
I haven't tried that but have heard 50-50 reports on its success. I think it may be one of those things that depends on the horse. I am a bit hesitant on it because it does not have all the vits/mins a horse needs and they still need supplemented in that department. It seems by the time one does that, then the Remission becomes too much of certain things
These horses have to be watched so close for the slightest change in behavior, energy, attitude, that it almost puts you in a state of paranoia
When my 16 yr old has an insulin spike he gets really nippy.
When my 24 yr old has an insulin spike, he gets very lethargic, either drops his head to the ground because his neck gets so hard it hurts him, or he will lay his chin on the pipe rail and go to sleep as soon as he gets in his stall at night.
One of the things you could do is talk to an equine nutritionist. I am sure that's what saved my 24 yr old's life when he was first diagnosed.
There are a lot more variations to metabolic diets today than there were even 4+ years ago when Duke was diagnosed. To keep things simple for your husband, I might recommend the vit/min supplement "Target IR".
My vet sells that and I would use it if the day ever comes I can't get EquiPride. Vet-A-Mix • Equine Target IR
If you click on the little "Product PDF" icon on the right, it will take you to the guaranteed analysis. Please note the protein source is NOT soy
. Yahoo Yahoo as keeping soy out of a metabolic horse's diet is just as important as keeping their iron intake to "naturally occuring".
It is bloody expensive but, anything that is pure and works on these horses is not going to be cheap. She could not have the Seminole RB if she gets this because of double-dosing on the vitamins/minerals. I would still keep the mag ox/chromium, without question. You might consider adding pure chastetree
, a/k/a Vitex, a/k/a chasteberry. That's the same chastetree women use for PMS. I think it can be bought in bulk berry form at Sam's Club, then you grind it up.
I buy it already ground from an herbal company in Memphis. My 24 yr old gets it, my 16 yr old does not --- yet. I also feed Omega-3 Horseshine
which you can find at Tractor Supply. It started out costing $21.99 4+ years ago and it's up to $39.99/20 lbs now. A little goes a long way. I feed 1/2 cup daily.
If you decide to buy the Target IR, don't buy a ration balancer because you'll be overdosing on many of the vitamins/minerals. Just buy whatever type of hay cubes you normally buy for her, soak them really well and mix the other stuff in. A nice wet mash is good every day of the year, not just on the coldest days of the winter I also feed Equine pelleted rice bran.
Yes it is very high in NSC but it is healthy fat and provides the horse with cool energy. All my Walking Horses get 1/2 cup daily. The little 13.3H Arab is almost 26, a hard keeper, and gets 2 cups daily.
Manna Pro's "Maxi Glo" rice bran can also be found at Tractor Supply in the meal form or pelleted. It is calcium fortified to keep the cal:phosphorous ratio in balance and stabilized so it won't turn rancid.
So the bottom line to keep Mr. 2SCHorses on the happy side:)
Make your own SmartPaks of:
1. Magnesium/chromium of pharmaceutical grade.
2. Target IR.
3. Omega-3 Horseshine.
4. Rice bran (optional).
It will all interact nicely with each other and mix up nicely in the warm soaked hay cubes.
Keep the grazing muzzle and nibble net
Weigh your hay - sorry
Four flakes from "this" bale won't weigh the same as four flakes from "that" bale. You could take an old set of bathroom scales to the barn and weigh out the hay for your husband so he doesn't have to. You will be amazed at the difference in flake weight once you do that --- I sure was.
The weight doesn't have to be exact and I would rather see it go over than be under.
Just an FYI on the nibble net that my vet told me: My 16 yr old has one because the insulin issues have caused him to have a voracious appetite. The vet said I did him an even bigger favor with the net because somehow the digestive acids get involved, over-react when there's no forage to process and that can possibly lead to ulcers. I had no idea on that part
My horses come in around 6:00 PM and won't see me again until 6:30 or 7:00 the next morning. They are big Walking Horses, so I give them 4-1/2 - 5 lbs of hay every night which is a lot more than 2% of their body weight but they aren't getting fat and I want the warmth on them for winter. I'll worry about pulling those few extra hay pounds off them come spring
I should add, I get my hay tested and it always comes back around 9% - 9.3% NSC, so I can get a little sassy with the hay