Today was day 3 of cutting back the Healthy Edge..... WOW!!!
I started by lunging her today. Typically she'd take off running, farting, squealing and bucking. Today she stepped of nice and calmly and trotted around, no stupid stuff. Brought her on trail and she WALKED like a normal horse until I asked her to trot. She was cool calm and collected at the trot. No jitters and no speed demon... she like 75% better! I feel like we even did more work today because I wasn't constantly fighting her.
To those who mentioned the TC low starch, she was originally in that when I got her from the barn I was working at. I think I may try that first before the senior. Energy has NEVER been a problem, and if she was 5 years younger should would probably get great on the ration balancer alone. I think the ripe age of 21 is semi catching up to her, though she is obviously in good shape all things considered!
, I'll ask about increasing the RB, but I think she is going to need more fat. I do give a scoop of cool calories because she will eat her meds with it. I don't really want to pay for extra supplements when I pay full board.
Unfortunately turn out time is a null point. If it were up to me she'd in a large paddock with a run in shed and outside 24-7. She isnt totally stalled, but does have small in and out. The barn owner does let her out in the ring for me a few days a week though, which is nice of her. More or less anywhere I move will be the same regarding turn out, unless I increase my budget to the $850-1,000 range. The only bright side is that I'll be moving off of Long Island to to PA in January. I'll probably be sending her ahead of me in November.
I'm sure her behavior isn't solely driven by the food, but I do think it plays a big component. I've been blaming it on everything but the food, but the issues remain.
Farrier work is the same. She's still getting her awesome plastic shoes.
As far as pain.... doubt it. The bucking was a one time occurance preceded by a lot of hold her back. She felt like a bottle rocket ready to blow, and I absolutely didn't expect her to do it. She hasn't done it before and hasn't done it since. She isn't pinning her ears, sucking back, switching her tail, or giving me any other signs she'd be in pain. If it was pain related I'd eat my hat.