I tried to ride my mare today but a nasty storm blew through and I got as far as putting the saddle on her back before I had to abort. They're calling for storms all week, but I hope these afternoon storms aren't the norm. I have so much to do before our show on Saturday!
Since I don't have a riding update, I'll rant about supplements instead. I'm getting quite frustrated and the only way to feel better is to try and garner sympathy from fellow bloggers.
In general I find supplements pretty worthless. I haven't really found any that I thought made a huge difference for Lilly, and I've tried a number of different supplements for a number of different issues. That being said, somehow I spend $96.85 every month on a SmartPak anyway. Because she's not getting any grain at all, I give her a vitamin supplement, which I think she really needs. She also gets a digestive supplement to make me feel less like a horrible horse owner because of her chronic loose stool issues, and now she's getting Cosequin ASU to help with the stiffness she has in her hocks.
The problem is that she doesn't like the Cosequin ASU and is boycotting the little bit of beet pulp she gets at breakfast because that awful white powder is in her bucket. Sometimes she'll snack on her breakfast throughout the day and most of it will be gone by evening, but with these warmer temperatures the beet pulp gets pretty rancid as the day wears on and I don't blame her for not wanting anything to do with it. She has wasted quite a few day's worth of supplements and at $3.20 per day, I'm starting to get a little frustrated.
She's not a very food oriented horse so it's challenging to get her excited about food. She'll get bored with flavors after she eats them for a while. It happened with her pelleted feed, her alfalfa cubes, her alfalfa pellets, and even before the Cosequin was added, she was losing interest in the beet pulp. She LOVES her hay and she loves grass, but grain has always been something she could live without. So even when I tried to swap out the beet pulp for grain, she wasn't interested, which is fine because I don't want to go back to feeding grain anyway. Not to mention we run the risk of a "handful" turning into 2 lbs of feed like it did last year.
I need the Cosequin to come in pellets because she has no qualms about eating pellet supplements... she just really hates powder. My vet highly recommended the Cosequin ASU but it's not doing her any good if she won't eat it, and if she's not eating the Cosequin, then she's not getting her vitamins either.
SmartPak has 104 joint supplements, 31 of them being in pellet form, so it seems like I could find something that is comparable to Cosequin! Any ideas? Or any ideas to make nasty white powder taste like cookies?