Looking to the weekend

Well we are half way through the working week, and still I am greeted every evening with a whinney and a shout from tayah, pleased to see me I guess.

Off to Griggs open day with Glenys on Saturday, looking for some bargains 😜

Hoping to go for a ride with tayah on Sunday. Hoping my arm is ok, after my accident a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I am pushing it to soon as only started driving this week following it.

Accident, I hear you say! Lovely mono, Glenys’ little Shetland had been broken to pony trap, only the third time in it, and something spooked him which made me needing to jump out at speed. Only to realise the following day I could have just put my foot on the break 🤭

Spent the evening in A&E but thankfully no real damage. Just a bruised arm and shoulder as well as the bruised ego too.

You will be pleased to know that since this happened mono has been back in the pony trap, and doing fine. He had no damage at all, thankfully.

Laminitis – is it on the rise?

I am seeing lots of posts at the moment in relation to laminitis awareness. This has increased over the last couple of years, and something all horse owners need to be aware off. It can be a very painful time for any horse or pony, although there is a lot of information out there, some of it can be confusing and in some cases contradictory.

The one thing I have learned is that every horse or pony is different, management of the land they are on can vary, but you need to be aware of the signs. An interesting read from the British Horse Society – Laminitis – prevention rather than cure is always best 👍. https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/horse-health-and-sickness/laminitis/prevention-and-management?fbclid=IwAR1RokwORC3Te5pXVAypXM86PDgP4G0doH9j9GJu6ngFD8TmvV1Vp5Ij8a0

Caption taken from the spring mag inside May issue of Your Horse magazine.

There are a few things you can do to manage and hopefully prevent laminitis

  • Soak hay for 12-16 hours to reduce sugars
  • Weigh hay to ensure you are not over feeding according to body weight
  • Feed a low sugar and starch diet
  • Feed around 2% of the horse’s current body weight in forage per 24 hours.
  • Use a grazing muzzle where appropriate, this can reduce grass intake by up to 83%
  • Turning out without a rug on

In light of all this I have been weighing my two and weighing their hay to make sure I am not feeding too much. Especially with the lush grass coming through now.

Gatsby monkey
Tayah sweetie

It is also beneficial to fat score your horse or pony to help with weight management. There are different scoring methods used but on a 5 point scale a score of 3 overall is a healthy goal.

Fat score

Another good way to manage weight is to increase exercise. Gatsby and I have pole work training on Friday, which we are both looking forward to. It is something different as part of his schooling regime. I will let you all know how we get on.