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A SCREAMIN’ DEAL ON CHIA SEED, A REMINDER ABOUT HOOF TRIMMINGS AND TWO NEW MAMA TESS VIDEOS!






I found this great deal (below) on Chia Seed!

For me, found that Chia really helps fill in the topline of my Cushings ponies and older horses.  It is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Chia Seeds are also an excellent source of fiber and contain protein and minerals including as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Big bonus, Chia seeds don’t have to be ground like flax seed.  And, they are gelatinous when wet – so they work to help eliminate sand in the gut without using hard to feed psyllium pellets.

I try to always have the seeds on hand.

But, they feel expensive unless you stumble upon a screaming deal or buy in bulk.

And today, as I was shopping, I found this!

So, I’m passing it on to you… (click here or the photo to go to the website).

Click image to go to the website and order!  I don't know how long the sale will last!  (No Affiliation!)

Click image to go to the website and order! I don’t know how long the sale will last! (No Affiliation!)

A WARNING ABOUT HOOF TRIMMINGS

I know, I know… no one wants to hear me say this… but –

After losing Dex (my beloved, elder dog) via an impaction after eating hoof trimmings, I have to remind all of you that this time of year is the worst for hard, sharp, brittle and potentially deadly hoof trimmings.

Yes… I have let my dogs eat hoof trimmings for years without issue.

But I still have to say it – horses’ hooves are the hardest at the end of summer –

Today, my farrier came and did his usual trims.

There were hoof trimmings everywhere.

Believe it or not, I picked them all up.

Yup.  I locked the dogs in the house and picked up every last one (I hope).  The trimmings were all very sharp and very jagged.  Exactly the kind that will rip an intestine.

After having been through a lethal impaction, I cannot not advise you to pick them up – especially this time of year.

S’all…

Some of the hoof trimmings from today's haul.

Some of the hoof trimmings from today’s haul.

MAMA TESS’ NEWEST VIDEOS!

Mama Tess is recovering from her abscesses.  I’ve started her back on the Theraplate.  She’s still getting the Omega Alpha supplements as well as a bunch of other items that – if they work, I will tell you all about them.  I’ve upped her Pergolide (for Cushings) and also added Vitamin E to her brew.

I think giving her more Pergolide has really helped… but not sure.  Could be a coincidence.  I’m still waiting to figure this all out once she has been stable for a longer period of time.

Tess’ new (smaller size) Soft Ride boots arrived today so I put them on her after dinner.

Here are the videos of her first steps in her new boots!

1)  MAMA’S FIRST PASS IN HER NEW BOOTS!

2)  MAMA’S SECOND PASS IN HER NEW BOOTS!

These are Tess' first steps in her new, smaller, Soft Ride boots!  (I'm singing the Nancy Sinatra hit in the background...)  Click image to watch the video.

These are Tess’ first steps in her new, smaller, Soft Ride boots! (I’m singing the Nancy Sinatra hit in the background…) Click image to watch the video.

Here is Tess' walk back down the aisle - her 2nd pass in the new boots!  click image to watch

Here is Tess’ walk back down the aisle – her 2nd pass in the new boots!  Click image to watch

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Little Ayasha ("Little One"), still a suckling... orphaned and very weak.  OUR OCTOBER BUCKET FUND IS THE NAVAJO 12!  Click to read all about them!

Little Ayasha (“Little One”), still a suckling… orphaned and very weak. OUR OCTOBER BUCKET FUND IS THE NAVAJO 12! Click to read all about them!

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SLOW FEEDING


Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 | Filed under Handy Tips




Originally posted December 2010…

SLOW FEEDING

Why should we slow feed?  Well, it is really simple.  Horses are supposed to graze just about all the time.  They have very small stomachs and are physiologically structured to have small quantities of food in their stomachs at all times.

How do most of us feed now?  (I do it, too.)  We feed twice or three times a day.  The horses bolt down their food and then stand around, waiting, the rest of the time.  And when you do feed, they act like they haven’t been fed in years —  the pushing/shoving begins!

Slow feeding – inhibiting the speed in which the horse can consume – so their food lasts longer and therefore helps meet the need to have small quantities of food in their stomachs at all times.

Slow feeding has many executions – store bought and homemade.

STORE BOUGHT SLOW FEEDERS

I found several feeders that can be shipped to you.  They range from haybag-type assemblies to full-blown farm construction.  I’ve listed a few of my favorites here.

THE SLOW DOWN.  Here is the link.  I have to say, what I liked about it was that it is small, easy to clean, no hooves will get trapped and you CAN SOAK your hay in the same bucket you feed (there is a drain in the bottom).  No more messy, wet hay dispersal.

However, when I saw the price I kinda gulped.  I mean, to me, this looks like a supplement bucket with holes cut out of the top and a spigot PVCglued to the bottom.  But, I was totally wrong.  It is much, much larger than a supplement bucket and it is made of much more durable plastic.  This slow feeder was my favorite for inside the barn, for sure since I have to soak feed occasionally.   A novel idea!

HOCKEY NETTING:  I love this idea because it is so simple.  It is called the Freedom Feeder.  Simple.  Made with hockey netting and clips.  Evidently, hockey netting is small, sturdy and fairly inexpensive.  (You can get it at sporting goods manufacturers if you want to try this yourself.  Here is a link to one in particular.)  Anyway, you have to be careful with netting whenever your horses have shoes because they can get caught.  However there are a ton of ways to use netting.  You can roll it into a pillow and throw it out onto the pasture for hours of fun!  You can hang it in a stall, on a fence… I’ve added a few photos of ingenious people with their contraptions.

THE NATURAL FEEDER:  Again, I really liked this one.  It looks durable and well thought-out.  Pretty, too!  Here is the link.

THE GRAZER: This is the industrial version.  It looks very sturdy and it would drain after a rainstorm.   I saw that you have to call for the price.  It does look nice.  So, here is the link.

BRUMBY SLOW FEEDER:  I thought this was ingenious!  Sturdy, easy to load, the horses can’t get tangled… the only issue is that they aren’t eating on the ground (more natural).  I see that they have put a tub below the feeder to catch all the excess.  I’m sure this is very good for windy and rainy areas, too.  Here is that link.

DURABLE HAY BAGS WITH SMALLER HOLES: This is a no-brainer.  They are easy to fill and mount.  You cannot just throw them on the ground, however.   And, some to rip apart.  I like the Nibblenet. I have one.  You can also try the BusySnacker, which is similar.

Nibblenet

Snacker

I’ve also heard that this small holed net from Smith Brothers works quite well.  I’m thinking you could rig this in a number of ways.  On a fence, in a stall, in your trailer or maybe even tie it up in a ball and toss it to them.  THESE ARE ON SALE RIGHT NOW for $12.99.  I think that is a great deal to experiment.  Here is the link.

I found these on sale for $12.99!

I’ve attached photos of clever additions to this idea.  One is making a plate for the bag so it will stay dry in the snow.

These people made a tray for their hay bag

They’ve hooked the bag inside of this box.

LARGE FEEDERS:  I don’t know much about round bales as we don’t have them here.  But, I did see several variations on the them.  TEXAS HAY NET the least expensive one… It is a refined marine netting (fish net) made out of an expensive thread from France.

MACRO BINS

This won’t work as a slow feeder, but people like them because they keep the hay where is lies.  Just an fyi… Farm stores have these as well as Amazon and a bunch of agricultural supply places.

HOMEMADE

These are my favorite!  I love how people just put stuff together and it works!

BARREL FEEDER:  This is a barrel with a haynet attached to the bottom and then mounted to a fence or wall.

HALF BARREL FEEDER: This is a variation of the theme.  Here, the cut the barrel in half length-wise, and then used baling twine (nice if you have the time..) for the netting at the bottom.  They also hinged a top!

This is half of a barrel with a hinged top and baling twine bottom

BOX FEEDERS: There are many ways to make a box and put a grate on top to make the horses eat more slowly.  I’ve attached several photos.  I do like the idea of having them eat through the sides.  That is a nice twist.

I prefer the ones that are shaped in a “V” so that the rain water has somewhere to go.

HOCKEY NETTING:

People have gone crazy with small holed netting and hockey nets.  I’ve put lots of photos up.

This is my favorite!

PEN MATERIAL AND FENCE POSTS

I thought this was cool.  It was made up of whatever they had around…  I mean, I’ve got all of that stuff but I could never make anything THAT nice!

HOME DEPOT RUN:

For me, I think a walk around Home Depot — armed with all of this knowledge — and see what ideas may come.  I think I’ll bring Hubby…!


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