I’m sending off the hay for massive testing including ration balancing, selenium and starch analysis . This is hay baled on the same property where he has his own paddock/pasture.
Once this gets back I’ll know if and how much Selenium I’ll have to supplement. Because of this article on PSSM, I am thinking of adding L – Glutamine (1 gram for 100 lbs) especially because it seems Dante’s tight muscles is the reason for the locking patella (stifle).
Current Feed and Supplements:
1.) 2# of Grostrong 13
2.) 4# of Beet Pulp shreds without Molasses – these need to be soaked. I’m very lucky that Dante loves his Beet Pulp unlike other horse (and the ponies) who turn up their noses.
3.) Flax Seed (Omega Horseshine) – One cup. Added to diet 9.4.
4.) Glucosamine (Lubrun) – this was given as a double, loading dose for 10 days. Four days in is when Dante damaged the ligaments at his stifle. I kept him on this product but I am wondering if this made him feel good and he got into trouble. Right now due to the stifle injury it’s unsure if this is having any impact. Added to diet 11.28.
5.) ALCAR or Acetyl L Carnitine – 1 gram for 100 pounds of body weight (this is about 1 Tablespoon with the brand I am using). Weigh it to know the true measurement, don’t trust the bag label. I’ve settled on buying it from Powder City as they add a silica packet in the bag which helps it stay not sticky. Added to diet 7.25.
6.) Salt, 2 ounce (4 Tbsp) – this is loose salt. Added to diet 7.17.
7.) Ocean K, 5 g daily – Dr. Kellon recommended this to increase iodine to support the thyroid. Added to diet 11.28.
8.) Vitamin E, liquid – 10,000 IUs, (4 teaspoons) in winter. Added to diet 8.15.
9.) Zinc and Copper (California Trace) – 500 mg of Zinc; 175 of Copper. 2 scoops, scoop provided in product bag. My area is high on iron so I might be increasing this once I have hay tested. Added to diet 6.28.
10.) Magnesium (Oxide by Uckele) – 5-10 grams; little less then 1 Tablespoon (approximately 8 grams). Added to diet 7.16.