I just ordered a tub of Remission for Miss Lacey based on the fact that she's IR [never tested but shows all the signs - fat pads, cresty neck, the whole deal, so my vet feels that we should just treat her as an IR horse and skip the $$+worry in getting her tested...especially at her age] and I figure that it might be useful to try. Basically to see how she does, and if it really helps then I'll buy more, but if it doesn't - no harm, no foul.True, you're not out anything but a little bit of money.
Anyway, my main question is based on the feeding instructions: "One ounce (2 tbsp) per day per 1,000 lbs of body weight until symptoms subside. Then 1/2 ounce (1 tbsp) per 1,000 lbs of body weight per day."I have been feeding the loading dose all along. The formally diagnosed horse's neck is softer and smaller than it's been in several years (he was diagnosed in 2007). The "suspected" horse never did have a cresty neck but it was very hard, he had "shoulder pads" and his sheath was huge. While none of those things have disappeared, they have reduced by about 40%, his environmental allergies are under control, and his personality has improved to where the #2 horse now allows him to do the Itchy Thing, once in awhile.
I assume "symptoms" mean founder/laminitis, right? Not always. Cresty neck, puffy sheath, puffiness over the eyes, mattery eyes, "allergy runny nose". Sometimes even a change in disposition because the insulin is not surging up and down in them.
So since she's not currently foundering [she's actually at a GREAT weight for her right now - still has the back fat pads+cresty neck, but that's basically normal for her during the summer. She's probably a 5.5 otherwise, going off the Henneke scale - usually it's a struggle to get her down into 6-land!] I would feed her 1 tbsp per day, right?There should be a scoop in the container with markings for one tablespoon and one teaspoon. I feed both horses two tablespoons daily; one in the AM, one in the PM. Both of them have perfect manure.
Or, since she has the fat pads and all that, do I feed her 2 tbsp until...when?Based on what you and your vet have discussed, "until the snow flies" I live in southern Middle Tennessee. Unless we're in a drought, we have green grass almost all year. I plan on keeping my two on 2 TBS daily until late Fall, then back it off to one TBS and probably give them December, January, and February off.
Another thing - she gets ACV in her evening feeding, I assume it would be better to feed this in the morning when she doesn't get ACV? What is the ACV for? Bug control? Does it really work? Two of my four horses used to get the runny bums from ACV so I stopped giving it to everyone. If your mare develops the runny bums after starting her on the Remission, I would pull the ACV and see what happens. The combination of the two might cause loose stools. Remission is a lot more important
In the morning, she does get her grazing muzzle on for the day so her stomach stays relatively empty all day [she eats fine through the muzzle, it's just been so hot that she stays in the shed and she hasn't quite mastered eating hay through the muzzle
] - still ok?Yes
Also, the other really important question: nothing about this stuff is going to be inflammatory, right? Not at all. If you read the label you will see there are actually some probiotics in it, which every horse in this day and age can benefit from
I assume not, since founder is inflammatory...but I have to ask! I don't want to mess up the good thing I have going with her eyes. We jusssst got out of the "1 year since an ERU episode" danger-window and I'm finally getting to breathe a little! Haha What is "ERU"?? Sorry
Here's a link to the stuff, in case that would be helpful: AniMed Remission - Horse.com
Thanks a bunch!! This horse is going to live FOREVER.