“Laminitis is a very painful and debilitating disease. Prevention is always better than cure.” UK Blue Cross.
|Tomorrow Flicka will join the herd. She is sound enough thanks to Bob Laye's specialized trim. She will be able to take the walking and needs the proper food the native grassland pasture will provide.|
Everything Amanda of ARK Nutrition has taught me nutrition wise, over the years, suddenly came to my mind; as I am witness to a worse case scenario. The diet or even treats many horse folks choose for their animals can result in acidosis; you can tell when horses flanks are tight and overly sensitive. This can cause inconsistencies such as nervousness and/or crankiness in the horses behaviour, tough enough to deal with when we are riding our horses; this situation eventually can worsen to more devastating health issues. We all know food should not be considered “comfort food” by humans, this causes problems with our health because we eat too much looking for the comfort we never really achieve. By thinking more “tasty” food (like oats) makes horses feel good, humans contribute towards one of the most painful situations for horses - a chronic tummy ache, which when left unchecked, can develop very easily into a serious lameness.
I will be diligent in ensuring Flicka gets her supplements especially the probiotics, daily as per the instructions from ARK Nutrition! On the other hand, Flicka is resilient . . .
Today I noticed Flicka eating horse manure. When a new foal is born, first they nurse colostrom, soon after you will see them eating horse manure. They are seeking those healthy gut bacteria to populate their own newly born gut. Nahani is doing the same thing, now that she is on the mend and on a proper diet, she wants those healthy bacteria back!
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