Last week I talked about practicing diligence in my horse-keeping. Specifically, all the hard work that goes on behind-the-scenes. Those are the things that make all the difference, right? Since that’s been on my mind, I’ve been evaluating my exercise, grooming, and feeding routines.
The exercise portion of Hot Rod and Kona’s lives is definitely getting better. We’ve had some rain that slowed us down, but I still plan on pushing forward with Operation Get Skinny. Grooming definitely needs a facelift. I’ve had the same ONE dandy brush for 10+ years, people! That’s just embarrassing. I plan to address that in the near future. But today, I really want to discuss my feeding routine, and even more specifically, my supplements. Or lack thereof…
I feel like I take pretty good care of my personal horses, overall.
They are fed well. Clearly.#fatties
They are trimmed and/or shod every six weeks.
I personally administer their annual vaccines.
I deworm according to their personal fecal egg count tests.
They get their teeth floated annually.
Hot Rod gets his front right coffin joint injected annually, sometimes semi-annually.
They get regular chiropractor adjustments (this past weekend, in fact).
They do not get supplements.
THEY DON’T GET SUPPLEMENTS?!
No, they don’t. Does that make me a bad horse mom?!
I use to be the horse owner who supplemented everything. Joint, hoof, weight-you name it. I loved getting my Smartpaks each month, like tiny packages for me to open every morning. 😉 But, several years ago I took a realistic look at my bank account, and then I looked at my horses. And then I looked at my bank account. And then back at my horses. I simply could not see that my pricey monthly powders and pellets did anything extraordinary for my animals. So, I cut the supplement cord.
It was hard at first, but I’m very used to it now and I don’t miss it at all. Except the other day, a light bulb went off as I was tacking up.
“Maybe I need to purchase a skin and coat supplement for my guys! They are starting to look a little rangey. Would it help? Would it be worth the cost? Do they really need it-or do I just need to curry more? Or do I just secretly want to feel special while opening those little packages every morning?”
Guys, the struggle is real. Should I feed supplements again? Do you use supplements?