Thursday, January 15, 2009

Southern California Custom Mineral Blend Now Available!

Carefully formulated to compliment the
typical Southern California forage.
Our Mineral Blend exceeds the
NRC's Nutrient Requirements of Horses
while carefully adjusting major & trace mineral
ratios for optimum absorption.

Horses thrive best on adequate amounts of forage, and most of the popular hays provide ample amounts of vitamins, protein, and carbohydrates. It's the minerals that are often found to be in less than optimum amounts. Our typical Southern California hay (hay grown in the Imperial Valley), particularly bermuda, but also alfalfa, orchard, etc, is consistently alarmingly high in iron, and low in copper and zinc. The end result is, essentially, a lack of copper and zinc in the diet. Some of the common symptoms of this imbalance include poor hoof quality, signs of insulin resistance, laminitis, joint problems, illthrift, irritability, non-specific lameness, poor hair coat....the list goes on. The myriad commercial mineral supplements fall pathetically short of addressing our specific imbalances, and in fact, frequently throw the balance even further out of range.

After analyzing hay samples from dozens of ranches in the area, and averaging the results, we've formulated a blend to fill the gaps. Our So Cal Custom Mineral Blend is now available!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Handing out pink slips....

People. I don't give you detailed explanations of your horse's pathologies and in-depth suggestions for correcting them by improving nutrition, hygiene and lifestyle just to hear myself talk (or type). If I tell you your horse suffers from laminitis and diet changes are imperative, but you just can't believe that maybe I know what I'm talking about, for God's sake, at least read the research I send you on the subject. If I tell you, REPEATEDLY, that thrush is literally rotting your horse's feet and the issue MUST be addressed to achieve a healthy hoof, get off your ass and soak the damn horse's feet. If you refuse to listen to my advice, and frankly, my expertise, and continue to expect me to work miracles via trimming alone, if you just cannot understand why your horse has failed to miraculously develop rock crunching bare hooves by standing in urine and manure and eating the equine equivalent of fast food while moving maybe a total of 20 feet through the course of the day, well then, don't you DARE come to me and act as if it's all my fault.

I go above and beyond to provide detailed information to owners. I avail you of the same resources I am privy to. There is nothing stopping any of you from educating yourselves on the topic, if you are at all skeptical of my recommendations. If you take the time, you'll begin to realize that you can, indeed, trust my judgment. If you're too busy or too lazy or too whatever to do the work, then just give me 6 months of doing exactly what I prescribe. Not 6 months of thinking about soaking hooves, or pondering a diet change, or booting your horse once a week when you feel especially motivated, or working yourself up to actually exercising your horse daily.

There is nothing more heartbreaking for me than to watch a horse suffer when I know exactly what would make him healthy again. I'm not a terribly assertive individual, so while I will do everything in my power to politely instruct you, I will not take you by the shoulders and shake you until you see the light. Maybe I should. Because coming back every four weeks to see no improvement, to see the bottom of a rotted hoof, to see a hoof with distal descent and an inch of lamellar wedge and all the harbingers of unmitigated metabolic issues and a sweet soul (I'm sorry, Billy!) who can't decide whether his heels or his toes hurt worse breaks my heart.

I have historically frequently made the mistake of continuing to trim horses whose owners blythely ignore my advice. Going forward, I can assure you, that will no longer be the case.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

January Newsletter...or the lack thereof...

Hey, I figure I deserved a month off. December was sort of a doozy of a month, after all. I promise I'll get my nose back on the grindstone and put together a worthy February issue!