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Monday, January 6, 2014

Horses that are Insulin-Resistant need Low-Carb Nutrients

Certain diet restrictions may be necessary for horses that are insulin-resistant as well as horses with laminitis, EMS, PPID, and other maladies. These horses will probably need to ingest low-carb nutrients. Exercise is also highly recommended. It is very important that these horses keep an optimum weight and are not allowed to become obese.
Professor Geor of Michigan State suggests feeding a high-forage diet with little to no grain added. Forage should consist of low-grade hay. Vitamins and minerals that are missed from such a low-calorie diet can be given to balance out the horse’s individual requirements. Special attention should be paid to the horse’s intake of vitamin E, copper, and zinc.
Pasture-grazing should be very closely monitored or possibly not done at all. Pasture grass can sometimes put weight on a horse very quickly.
It is not a good idea to starve the horse when reducing its intake. Any feed changes should be done very gradually and carefully. Meals should be given in three to four small rations per day. A dieting horse may be tempted to eat its bedding; therefore, it is best to try to use something other than shavings, straw, or other materials a horse might eat.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Julis Horse Barn: Tribute to Jackson

Julis Horse Barn: Tribute to Jackson

Tribute to Jackson

On January 23, 2013, at approximately 9:30 am, I got a call from the manager at the boarding stable where I was keeping Jackson. She said that Jackson was in a paddock and that he was down. I was told that he and the horse he was put in a paddock with were playing and that the other horse accidently ran into him. However, I specifically had previously told the barn manager and the attendant that I did not want Jackson to be put in a paddock with that horse because that horse had seriously harmed another horse because the other horse had gotten too close to some mares. When I saw Jackson’s autopsy report, I noticed that Jackson had sustained quite a bit of damage, so I am very suspicious about the incident being an “accident”.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Onlyifyouloveme (Jackson)
January 9, 1993 - January 23, 2013
Killed by another horse

We miss you terribly, 
Love, Mommie and Daddy

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Trying so hard to make it comfortable for him here. I have so many obstacles. I feel like Jackson doesn't get enough exercise, and I'm afraid he's going to wither away. I'm not giving up, though. He needs me. So I'm working on his dressage arena - in spite of fighting weather, snakes, rocks, slopes, not enough room, no money, no farm equipment, and bad layout of the land. Here's the area I have to work with. It's approximately 71 feet long.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Still trying to make Jackson as comfortable as I can, but he loves being home!