We have been offering nutrition advice to horse owners in the Hunter Valley, Sydney and beyond for over ten years now. Our clients are usually horse owners who have been feeding their horses based on advice from the produce store and vets, and yet symptoms of nutritional deficiencies persisted. Often it was not volume of feed that was the problem but balancing minerals to the pasture and hard feed, and recognising specific symptoms of deficiencies.
This pony had a recurrent skin infection before introducing Sound Advice Trace Mix. The owner would apply zinc-based topical treatments, or cortisone injections from the vet, but as soon as that treatment stopped, the infection would return.
The main problem here was a lack of zinc which supports the immune system, and helps manage skin infections. Trace Mix is excellent for addressing skin problems like greasy heel, rainscald and Queensland itch. In the case of itch, it's important to start feeding Trace Mix before the lesions appear, which is usually in late Summer.
This client was feeding her horse a lot of hard feeds but not making any headway in improving condition. We added Calm and Trace Mix to then horse's diet, with lots of lucerne hay. This added the necessary minerals missing from her pasture, which was mostly kikuyu, and the horse began to improve both in condition and mood:
This pony was always tucked up and short-strided. We addressed this cushing's pony's diet with Chaste Tree Berry, Calm Mix and Trace Mix and and she became an enthusiastic pony club mount again. Chastetree Berry is a natural hormone regulator and is useful for hormonal mares as well as horses with metabolic conditions like this one.
This elderly horse was getting buckets and buckets of feed, but not adequate nutrition. He was also lame from highly aggressive hoof trimming. The vet had encouraged the owner to euthanise. We changed his feed from highly processed pellets and grains to free-choice hay, soyhulls and copra meal, as well as adding Trace Mix and he lived another ten years. Nutrition consults are best done with a site visit, where we can consider all of the factors that contribute to the horse's wellbeing, but can also be done via email.
Again - lots of feed, but not great nutrition. This mare ended up with less feed, but we added Calm and Trace mixes. The owner ended up spending significantly less on feeds and supplements with better outcomes.
Nutrition can be confusing. The majority of horse owners want their horses to look and feel their best, but often the advice from vets and produce store staff does not take into consideration pasture, which makes up around 10kg+ per day.
It doesn't have to be expensive, in fact the opposite. Frequently horse owners can stop buying expensive processed feeds in favour of cheaper, less processed alternatives, and stop buying multiple supplements that are sometimes doubling-up on the same ingredients, or worse, counteracting each other.
If you are looking for long-term solutions, using natural products that may end up reducing your feed bill overall, book a nutrition consult. Alternatively, start with simplifying your horse's diet with less processed feeds and add Sound Advice Trace Mix and Calm Mix.