Joined Mar 8 2013
I have owned and ridden horses for over 40 years and I try to treat them as naturally as possible, including what they eat. Currently I have a 16 year old TB gelding (pictured), a 9 year old Dutch Warmblood and a British Warmblood (German x French WB). I struggle to keep weight on the TB as he's fussy with hay and haylage but good grass grazer. He loves his hard feed, so I was feeding him 3 times per day when there was a shortage of grass last year. He has now developed an intolerance to calcium and gets a build-up of calcium phosphate in his bladder which has had to be flushed out so he could pee. My vet said stop feeding him hard feed and he won't starve himself so he'll be forced to eat hay. Did not work, he wouldn't eat enough hay, dropped even more weight and became extremely grumpy because he was hungry. I put him on Dengi Hi-fi, sugarbeet, Top Spec feed balancer and added soya oil. I have avoided anything with calcium in and he appears to be getting there but very slowly. Previously he was on straights (barley, maize, sugarbeet hi-fi) with hi-pro soya when needed. I also add supplements where necessary and they always have garlic. The other two are on this and they've all done really well until last summer when we just did not have the grass but the WB's eat their hay! Any comments/advice would be much appreciated.