I thought I was finally done with nutrition stuff for a while. Both horses were getting the appropriate amounts of grain, hay, and nutrients and all was well. I thought all that research, and all that math, and all that trouble I went through to find a good feed for my two horses was paying off.
So what happens when the feeding plan you've worked out to be the best for them isn't the best for them?
AJ is doing wonderfully. He loves his grain and his supplements and waits very impatiently for his nightly beet pulp ration (according to M). He doesn't even want his hay until he's had his beet pulp. He's even been drinking some water in his stall... not much, but about half a bucket. I'll take that without complaint!
Lilly is the problem. What else is new, right?
Well, I think it's a feed problem... for as many months as that poor horse has been on stall rest, she has never had an issue with being crazy. She was stalled next to Baby for just about 3 months straight and I never had an issue with her when Baby went outside. As long as she had hay she was content. For about the last week or so, when Baby goes outside Lilly goes crazy! Her legs shake and she paws constantly... she paces around the stall and whinnies. I have to keep her window closed or she'll paw all the bedding away from the back wall. Even when I take her for a walk she's nervous. She never settles. M says she's just as bad when she feeds at night.
She was switched over from Nutrena SafeChoice to Strategy Healthy Edge about a month ago (November 19th to be exact) but it took me a while to switch her completely over to the SHE. She's been through 1 full bag of the Strategy and I just bought a new one. The Healthy Edge was supposed to provide all the "goodies" of regular Strategy, but with fewer calories that can make them hot, as Strategy has been known to do.
The only thing I can think of that could have changed her attitude this much is her feed. I'm thinking about ditching the bag I just bought (except what I need to swap her over) and switch her back to the SafeChoice and see if it helps. I was shopping around for a calming supplement, but I'm thinking it might be her feed. I don't like her so hyper... she was bucking in her stall this morning. Not a happy camper!
If that's the case, I'll have to figure out a way to make the SafeChoice work for her diet.