This is my 17 year old mustang mare. She has no health problems and no arthritis. I have used her as a trail horse for the past 2 years and I have decided to get out of the big horses completely. She is not scared of anything, we have rode her all over the state of ohio and on the sides of roads and even the highway. She would make a great kids horse and is very sweet and loving. She is branded and titled with the BLM and she was caught in the wild in 1992 as a yearling in Nevada. The people who owned her previously have had her since she was a yearling. They bought her for their kids to ride and they crawled all over this mare. They said they jumped her a trail rode her. I have never tried to jump her over anything other than a log in a trail and she will do it. When I got her she had not been rode in 7 years and we had her for 3 days and jumped right on her. She is a mare that can be let go and not rode for long periods of time and still be fine whenever you want to get on her and go for a ride. Here are some pictures of her from today. She is about 14.2 hands.
She does need a few punds but for some reason those last few ribs are hard to get rid of on her. I am located in southern ohio. He is on a basic 12% sweet feed right now, but I have thoguht about putting her on strategy.
What are the stats on aplify and who makes it, her teeth were floated about 4 months ago. We had used strategy previously on a mare who was leased to someone and they half starved her to death and I took her back from them. When I got her back, I could not get any weight back on her with 12% sweet feed, which is what she was on previously. I tried strategy and she just kept putting on the weight and actually I made her a little fat with it. I am not a huge fan of pelleted feeds because the first time I ever used one my miniature stallion went from being a little fat to skin and bones in a matter of 3 weeks. The rest of my horses lost weight too on it but not as much as the stallion did. This feed was higher fat and higher in protein than what he was eating previously, so I am weary of pellets unless I have tried it and know that it works or see someone elses horse it has worked on.
I don't know all the details about but it is about 45% fat content. It is made by Purina It's designed to put the weight on. It is interesting to hear you talk about stratgery. I am leary of grain, because my TB lost weight on it. Strategy put it back on and with Amplify. He also cribs which is hard on the weight too
I know that the first pelleted feed I ever tried, which I am not going to put down here because I know a lot of people feed tons of it and have no complaints, but my horses did not seem like they liked the taste of it and they all of a sudden started to lose large amounts of weight on it. I have come across the same problem with some others I have tried, they just would not eat it no matter what we did, they are grain addicts I think. We switched them over to the pellets from the grain and once they were completely switch over in a 2 week period, they would not eat. It did not matter if we let them sit there with it being the only source of food other than hay and grass, they just wouldn't eat it. The only one that some of my horses will eat is strategy and I really only have started recently feeding it to my stallion because the vet has diagnosed him with a minor ulcer and wants him on lots of hay and grass, pelleted feed (strategy), and alfalfa pellets. Other than that I have never had a problem with feeding good quality horse feeds made with grain. As I had said before the only reason I know that strategy works is because I have used it on rescues and some hard keepers.
Also on the subject of cribbing, I own a shetland pony mare that was a rescue. She has a strange habit but it is not cribbing. She will walk up to her water bucket, grab it with her teeth and looks like she is going to crib, but instead she arches her neck, picks the bucket up and lets it slam into the barn wall and watches the water fly, then runs and hides in the corner of the stall because she is scared of it!
My TB is a rescue too. I think the bucket slinging and cribbing come from being bored. Unfortunately they pick up bad habits when they are bored.
Back to feed, horses are like us, they know what they like and will only eat that. Fortunately my two aren't that picky. So if it works for you, stay with it. And good luck with the mustang. I loved my mustang guy. Just rode rough.