Saturday, January 3, 2015

TOABH: Fave

Fave.

What is your horse's absolute favorite thing? Outside of riding! Are there treats that instantly convert your pony into an addict or liniments that leave him yawning and chewing? What does your horse just love to have?

Before I answer this question I need to discuss my newest feed issue with Ashke.

Ashke has lost a little weight since the cold snap last week. It was enough that I noticed it when putting the saddle on last night for our ride. I can also see his ribs beginning to hint through his winter coat. When he was at TMR, I had him on four flakes of grass and two flakes of alfalfa. When we moved to SQA, I put him on four flakes of grass and the barley fodder. After thinking about what I think he needs, I did two things: I upped his grass to six flakes (fed twice a day) plus the barley fodder. Additionally, I went out and got a bag of Amplify to add to his daily mash.

Amplify is a erudited pellet feed that has 14% protein and 30% fat. I have fed it before and Ashke likes it, will eat it dry if necessary, and it will not make him more hyper. I'm hoping that the combination of a little more grass and the additional fat will help us get through the winter without losing any more weight. It might also help him generate body heat during his adjustment to outdoor living. So his mash will now consist of two pounds of Triple Crown Senior, one pound of Amplify, equipride, omega max, lysine and joint supplement.

Now, back to the blog hop, where Beka asks, what is your horse's favorite thing. . . . Ashke has a toss up between his mash and the giant ball. He blisses out with the mash, but absolutely loves playing with the big ball. On Weds, we get to learn to play horse soccer at SQA, something I think Ashke will excel at.

3 comments:

  1. Alfalfa is like ice cream as far as putting weight on a horse and grass hay is like lettuce.

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  2. That is so cute that he like sthe ball! Pretty sure Simon would just stare at it.

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  3. He is so cute!! I really love Amplify, unfortunately it made Chrome hyper this winter, but not last winter. I think our hay is just better quality this year, so he got too fat and had too much energy. I wish I could give you my partial bag.. it's so expensive and I'm afraid it's going to sit in there and ruin if he ends up not needing it this year. I hope the extra fat gets Ashke's weight back up quickly!

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