Tick off any symptoms that you find from the Horse Symptom Checklist. Make the recommended diet changes in the CalmHealthyHorses Plan for one month, then, revisit the Checklist.
If necessary continue the process for another month or until your horse is completely back to normal. This may take several months for more serious problems such as Head-Flicking.
The CalmHealthyHorses Plan will help eliminate digestive flora problems, mineral imbalances, myco-toxin overload and correct the natural buffering system. Your horse will be calm and healthy and riding will be enjoyable again.
Introduce any new feeds or supplements slowly, over a period of one to two weeks. This allows time for the digestive flora resident in the hind-gut to adjust.
If and when you need to change your horse from an ‘all green grass’ to an ‘all hay’ diet, introduce hay for a week before removing the horse completely from the grass.
Similarly when introducing grass back into your horse’s diet again, make sure this is done gradually over several weeks, starting with 10-15 minutes morning and afternoon.
The best way to balance your horse’s diet is to remove the items that unbalance it.
This is the principle behind the CalmHealthyHorses Plan which lowers the potassium content of the diet by replacing green, growing grass, lucerne, clover, kelp, protein meals and herbs with high fibre plain feeds and adding our CalmHealthyHorses supplements which are designed for the purpose.
Unfortunately many feed products are either inherently high in potassium or have it added in. For this reason to obtain the best results commit to following the plan 100%.
The Eight Step CalmHealthyHorses Plan
1. Correctly feed the flora in the hind-gut with plenty of fibre (mature grass, hay, chaffs and unmolassed beet). This is crucial because it is the flora in the hind-gut that feeds the horse.
2. Take care of your horse’s vitamin and mineral requirements with Supreme Australian-Horse Vit & Min. Horses in the wild get to browse on a variety of deep-rooted plants and bushes which bring up minerals, whereas our confined domestic horses tend to be minerally deprived.
3. Add plain salt to the daily feed. Salt is comprised of sodium & chloride which are both vital electrolytes. No grasses or hays provide enough salt to adequately supply the metabolic needs of a horse.
— One tablespoon/day for large ponies and small horses, 2 tablespoons/day for larger horses
— Clean drinking water should be available at ALL times.
— Only feed commercial electrolytes when your horse has genuinely sweated after a hard workout.
*Steps 1- 3 apply to all horses all year round. Steps 4-7 allow you to adjust your horse’s diet according to weather, season, grass types, or health and behaviour issues.
4. Add GrazeEzy and SOS to your horse’s feed when he is out on pasture especially if you have ticked symptoms of ‘increased excitability’ in the ‘Horse Symptom Checklist’. For GrazeEzy: Increase the dose until either ‘it works’ or up to where the manure softens. GrazeEzy and SOS together help your horse’s buffer system to neutralize the effects of growing grass which can get high in potassium and nitrogen.
*Checking your horse’s Urine pH with the Litmus Paper will help you to establish how much GrazeEzy to feed.
5. Moulds and fungi produce potentially harmful mycotoxins. ToxDefy improves your horse’s feed quality by binding these myco-toxins all year round. This is especially important in tropical regions or times of warm, humid weather when fungi proliferate (spring & autumn). This mycotoxin binder does not affect other essential nutrients.
6. Keep some Alleviate on hand. The small daily dose is unrivalled for relieving anxiety. It promotes ease of handling and can be doubled or trebled in times of stress such as the night before & morning of events, competitions, trail tides, race-day. It can be dissolved in water and syringed in if required.
7. XtraCal contains chelated calcium as well as chelated magnesium, phosphorous, boron and Vitamin D. Chelated calcium, being already attached to an amino acid, cannot be stolen by the oxalate molecules so is available to the horse.
Feed Xtra-Cal when additional calcium is required for:-
— Pregnant & lactating mares and young, growing horses
— Horses showing signs of Calcium deficiency
— Horses grazing oxalate grasses – Setaria, Buffello, Kikuyu, Green Panic, Pangola, Para Grass, Guinea Grass, Signal Grass and Purple Pigeon grass
8. Adjust your Pasture Management – Read the helpful article – ‘Making the change to safer pasture’ and formulate a plan to eliminate problems caused by your pasture.