2 Products: BioStar Equine Chia and Shires Hay Bag (not so) De-Luxe!

I wanted to speak about two products today.

The first is Equine Chia.

For me, Equine Chia has kept the weight on my older ponies and mares.  I noticed a change within two weeks of use and I was sold!

So, I order it in bulk religiously – along with Equion (my favorite no-nonsense supplement of all time) – and I feel like all is well in the kingdom.

The horses are plump and herbally sound.

Anyway, I went to order the Chia from my regular distributor and…

They’d run out of it!!

Totally Sold out!

Not a Chia seed to be found.

OMG.  I wanted to go there with a vacuum and suck up the warehouse floor… I even thought about breaking out my Scooby-Do Chia Plant (I also have a ‘Mr. T’ Chai Plant in a mohawk design) because the box said it was ‘fast growing’.   But I thought better of it since the harvesting process was a bit of a mystery to me.

Anyway, the distributor I liked didn’t expect to have any Chia in stock until late October.

I usually order from these guys but they are all out… they won’t have more until late October. (These guys contribute to the Bucket Fund with each order.)


Well… I needed my Chia sooner than late October.

So, I decided to find another outlet for Equine Chia on the Internet.

Upon first browse it was clear, the cost had skyrocketed.


But, I did find a reputable dealer named, BioStar.  (no affiliation)  Their site was pretty and easy to navigate.  They seemed to care about the welfare of equines and their marketing was right up my alley.

I bit.

I ordered some.


And paid quite a bit in shipping… (I didn’t think it had to be that much…)

cough, hack.

But, I did it.  And, it arrived today.

(I think Donald Trump delivered it, but not sure.)

Anyway, it is here and I’m glad.

If you want some, too, they have it in stock.  Here is the link.

This is my new bag of Equine Chia. I’m glad it is here…



I don’t usually write bad reviews.  If I don’t have anything nice to say, I simply don’t say anything at all.

But, not today.

This really irked me.

First, let me say that I have a few products from Shires that I really like!  I have the small-holed pony hay net and I use it daily.

Norma has this small-holed pony hay net from Shires and we use it daily without fail. It works great!  (Ours is red.)


I purchased the #1035 Shires Hay Bag De-Luxe and it ….blew up, I think.

That is the only way I can describe it.

I mean, how can a bag that was meant to be stuffed with hay and given to a horse – end up broken into smithereens on the first day it was used?

It must have blown up.

That’s all I can think.

This is what the Shires 1035 Hay Bag De-Luxe in Ink Blue is supposed to look like.

I did inspect Bodhi, the horse who was in the paddock at the time of the explosion.

He was fine.

All the contents of the blown-up hay bag however, were strewn about, but Bodhi was unscathed by the blast.

This is what mine looked like after one hour of use. I think it exploded.

Upon close inspection of the de-sutured fabric, the combustion must have happened internally for all the seams were burst outward.

Or, I think that is what happened…

I have no other way of describing why a brand new hay bag, simply doing what it was meant to do, would be unpieced within an hour of initial use.

So, be careful when purchasing the De-Luxe hay bag from Shire.

It is liable to spontaneously combust!

The label off of the bag of explosive hay net.

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  1. RiderWriter

    What in the HECK happened to that thing (hay bag)? Did Bodhi attack it, do you think? Get frustrated with the slow release, knock it down and stomp on it? That might do it, if it was really full of hay… However, one would think that a hay bag would be built to withstand such treatment, since horses often do things like that. Good grief.

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