Hoof supplement causing hotness?
I took Rookie camping this past weekend. He acted like he's never acted before. Up until this trip, when he spooked, he would just come to a dead stop and look at whatever was scaring him. Well, our first ride on Saturday, he whipped around and tried to bolt on me when something moved in the woods. Luckily, I got him stopped. The second time, something moved in a thicket. This time he side stepped before he tried to whip around. I didn't fall off, but had to grab hold of his mane to keep from coming off. I was riding with the couple that I bought him from, and the guy said that I actually went onto the side of the saddle. The only thing that I've chnaged with him is giving him 3 oz. of Dumor hoof supplement (from TS) once a day in his feed. I've had him since April, and he has always taken really good care of me.
Yesterday was a little better. I didn't give him any supplements at all. BUT, I was shaking from the inside out. I took half of one of my "calming" pills before I got on him because I know that horses can pick up on how the rider is feeling. As I calmed down, he did (as expected). He didn't start getting hot until on the way back. I was still calm, but he was dancing around everywhere. Do I just need to stop the supplements all together, or is there something I can give him for his hooves that won't cause him to be "up" all the time?
Are you sure nothing else has changed?
How long has he been taking the supplement?
Has nothing changed in his turn out? What about his feed? His hay? Do you usually ride with those people? Any tack changes?
It does have Alfalfa in it. He could have a feed sensitivity to Alfalfa, or soy. The first ingrediant is Soy. Keep him off the hoof supplement but back on everything else and see how he does.
I also agree with looking at your tack, feed, hay, etc. Check your saddle fit, even if it fit him when you first bought him. Horses can and do change shape with more or less riding, or if they gain/lose weight due to pasture conditions or changes in feed.
No change in feed other than that supplement. I've had him on it for a week. I always check the saddle and pad before I put them on. I actually cleaned everything (including washing the pad) a couple of days before we left. He's in the same pasture he's been in since I got him. I've been feeding him the Omolene 200...1 1/2 gallons in the morning and in the evening. But, that's been the same since I got him too. I spoke to the lady that I got him from again yesterday evening, and she told me that if he doesn't start acting like his old self after he's been off the supplement, I may want to start him on a feed that has less mollasses in it. I know the Omolene has a lot. She's been feeding hers the Sentinel Performance by Blue Seal. She said that it has all the nutrients that the Omolene has, not as much molasses, and is easier for them to digest. Do you guys know anything about this feed?
1 1/2 gallons of sweet feed 2x per day? Wow! Six quarts of sweet feed.
I say a feed change is in order.
Yeah that sounds like kinda alot..
I know it's a lot, but he is a very hard keeper. I had excellent results with Rosie with this and I have cut her's down quite a bit (over time) to maintain the weight she has gained. The thing is that it hadn't made him hot at all until this past weekend. I have ridden him alot since I got him, and he's putting on weight beautifully. Even had him on a weight builder for the first couple of months, and even that didn't make him hot.
The farrier recommended a hoof supplement. He said that it should improve his overall condition though not immediately (as with any supplements).
So other things have changed. You used to have him on a weight builder supplement too.
Was this horse fed all this sweet feed at his old home?
It really might simply be so many calories of pure sugar that he had a moment when conditions were just right.
Mostly sweet feed at his old home. And the weight builder supplement stopped in June. And I do believe the moment was just right for him. It was cloudy where we were riding, and it was also cooler than it has been the past several times that we've gone out. But then again, it was cooler when I first got him in April too.
I stopped the hoof supplement on Sunday, so now I'm just going to start changing his food over slowly. See if this makes a difference. After I get his food switched over completely, I'll try the supplement again to see if that was it all along.
Thank you guys for the replies! I really do appreciate the help!!!!!
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