You know it’s a funny thing that if you go back about 30 years ago the idea of feeding a horse supplement would probably never have entered your head. People fed their horses hay and grain, maybe a bit of oil and that was about it, So what happened to create this now massive marketplace, catering for every conceivable ailment or nutritional deficiency?Continue reading
In part 1 of our review of horse supplements we discussed more of a prophylactic approach to the feeding of horse joint supplements where one acknowledges that the age of the horse or the type of riding discipline pursued result in the horse being at risk and thus the feeding of a relatively basic horse joint supplement is a sensible option.
In part 2 of this series we get into the horses that are already exhibiting signs of stiffness, challenges with lead changes, puffiness around the joints etc.Continue reading →
Joint supplements for horses are by far the largest category of horse supplements. Why is this?
When we look at how our horses are trained and used these days it is hardly surprising that there are a lot of problems associated with the various joints, resulting in a bewildering range of horse joint supplements on the market. A few thousand years ago wild horses on the prairies were not jumping repeatedly over fences or coming to a sliding stop on their hocks or any of the other repetitive movements incorporated into performance horse disciplines today that place stress on the joints.Continue reading →
In Episode 15 of the Grand Meadows Fireside Chat Video Series, we wanted to talk about two of the issues affecting horses a great deal these days – Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and Cushings.
At Grand Meadows, we believe that the growing problems with these two diseases can be directly attributed, in many cases, to feeding too much grain and the non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) and sweetening agents they contain. We strongly advise horse owners to reconsider their horse’s diet when grain is representing a significant percentage of the horse’s daily ration. We are also speaking out against the supplements being pushed on horse owners claiming to be a resolution for these diseases.
There is not a “supplement” solution to EMS or Cushings other than adjustments to diet from restricting access to pasture, switching from grain to fats for calories and feeding a vitamin/mineral supplement to allow for any missing nutrients that were being fed in a sugar and NSC rich grain product.Continue reading →