Thanks for your thoughts!
Hurray with the sunshine there is actually a little shine to see on the big ones (who don't roll themselves in mud
Hi Sue & Tinta,
Yes, I know about the danger of feeding minerals. That's why I offer most of them as free choice, so they can follow their instincts. But the soil here is copper deficient and for dogs and sheep it is poison so I rather feed that in the bucket. The magnesium oxide I put in for a while because I am not happy with the hoof quality.
I checked out Dodson & Horrell - the "Equibites" look good! Another interesting one is "Daily Vits & Mins" What drives me nuts is that hardly any supplement company states the ingredients so I have to ask them if there is sugar/molasse in or not.... Why so secretive??
Ragwort: Ours leave it in the field (I pick them out of course) but we were told when horses are hungry and there is nothing else left in the field they might have a go and if it is in the hay they can't spot it anymore. But I suppose as with humans horses can lose their natural instinct what is good for them and what not (look at all the junk food and sugar humans consume
Crab apples -> ha ha clever girl!!!!
even with a good diet, we do take Vitamin D in winter. Genetically I believe we are made for warmer climates (hence no fur to speak of
With the horses we go for walks and let them have a bite in the hedges for herbs that are not in our fields or long eaten there... we should do it more often actually.
I wonder if fodder beet is any good for horses? We don't use them because we were told they would have to be cut small to prevent choking but we don't have the equipment to do so. As kids we gave each pony a whole sugar beet every day in winter. But now I am too scared to do so.
More tips and hints are welcome!!