There are so many things that go on day to day in many barns that can create annoying challenges. I thought I'd share our easy and fairly fool-proof way of dealing with one challenge... making sure medications are eaten. Every now and then we have a horse that doesn't care what we add to their feed but most are much to finicky. I turn to applesauce to make life a little easier. Applesauce has the perfect consistency to mix with any powdered medication and then given directly to the horse via a dose syringe. Plus the horses don't seem to be as offended since they like the taste. A win win in my book.
When it comes to supplements I love working with Melyni Worth of Foxden Equine. A few years ago I told Melyni that I had a young horse that seemed to have a hard time gaining strength no matter what type of work I included. She suggested adding Muscle Mix to his diet and I've been a huge believer ever since. Now that we are starting to be able to get on the hills to do our conditioning work I want to make the most of that work so my horses receive an additional scoop of their Muscle Mix on those days. Quincy and Delta receive a maintenance dose each day but I've seen how the additional scoop on their harder days helps their muscles recover. They come out the next day without that flat, lethargic feeling which says it all to me.
As we prepare to travel to Poplar Place for our first event of the year I'm very happy to have Triple Crown coming with us... Quincy has always been the type that gets a bit picky about his eating at competitions so this year we are adding Triple Crown's newest forage, Alfa-Lox, to his meals. While I've used other forages in the past, nothing else truly focuses on providing the nutrients needed for proper digestive support so I'm excited to see what Quincy thinks... We'll keep you posted!