Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Don't feel bad, Trottin, as I have myself to blame quite a bit for Smilie foundering, and now am feeding very differenly then I did years ago
At one time I thought any show hrose had to have oats, and not just oats, but a product called Promollas pouedr on top, which was basically molasses and vitamins
She did fine, on it, when I was riding her very regularly, and she was still a junior horse (3 and 4 )
I then turned her out that fall, giving her a break, while I started some young hroses. I turned her out where the grass was short , and in fall, but still not dead. I now know that is when grass can get extremely high in sugars, as while it still produces sugar during the day, that sugar does not get used at night for growth, being too cold, thus just accumulates. On top of that, I had her out with the broodmares, who I was supplementing with alfalfa hay
I never even noticed she was off, as she was never in the typical founder stance,and as I was not riding her, did not notice until the damage was done.
So, please don't think I was criticizing you, as I certainly have also learned the hard way!