Remus’s new fly sheet arrived and I love it. The neck thing attaches great but it is so hot outside for now I removed it but otherwise it definitely helps keep the big ass horse flies off him as well as the smaller flies. He seems less stressed with this sheet on than his other THREE FLY SHEETS (yes he has four sheets now)! This is the Tuffrider one (it’s on sale now! Get one!) and the tail flap is very long and it has a belly band. He doesn’t seem to sweat too much under it either. So hopefully it stays in one piece for a while. I may (or may not) have one in Tate’s size in my cart right now. SOMEBODY STOP ME!
Speaking of heat and flies, yep, I didn’t ride. Wanted to. But the bugs and heat chose differently for me. The poor horses went outside in the field about ten minutes total all weekend. Every time they ventured out, the horse flies drove them back to the barn. There was no way I was going to ride Remus in the situation like that. AND the humidity was intense. He was even sweating yesterday at 8 pm in his stall in front of a fan. Fall is coming. I hope. And we totally worked on yard work instead because omg it is so needed.
But I did do a grain change on Tate and Remus. Well I am starting to change it. I had them on Omolene 100 which was 10 percent protein but I did not like the sweet feed aspect of it. It had way too much molasses in it. When their small ration sticks to the bottom of the bucket at each feeding there is too much sweet in that sweet feed.
SO I started looking into Safe Choice (used that in TX). I like a pelleted feed for numerous reason. The lack of sugar and molasses for my piggy ponies. The fact that mice are less likely to be in love with pellets than sweet feed. The fact that flies are not as into the pellet droppings out of the feed tub rather than the sweet feed which the flies love. And then I found Safe Choice Special Care. The protein is higher than I like but the starch and sugar are better.
Both my current horses at my place are beefy individuals with a tendency to cresty necks and metabolic issues (don’t have this on authority for Tate but he is hefty so I have put him on a metabolic supplement AND this food). Tate gets a handful of the grain and a handful of this as I switch him over but it can’t hurt.
Remus is hefty but not cresty and I want to keep him that way. I had him on Wellsolve Purina years ago and that helped take off the crest but since this Safe Choice is sold locally and easy to find I thought I would give the Safe Choice a try again. Again the 14 percent protein bugs me a bit since Remus was on 10 percent protein in PA but I am more interested in the sugars and starches being lower. He is getting a bit more than Tate since he can have more but I am still mixing his too to wean him off the Omolene. Let’s revisit how FAT Remus was when I got him a few years back. YES those are rolls on his butt. So we don’t want to go back to this. Do we?
I found some grass hay with bermuda mixed in for a fantastic price and Remus and Tate both ate some last night over night. They are not overenthusiastic over it but they do eat it. I may get a bunch to put in the barn just to have for the winter. But boy are they picky! OF course I do spoil them. Badly. UGH.
Speaking of spoiled let’s look at what the900facebookpony got Remus shall we?? Who is spoiled? REMUS is, that is who.. I still think she should have had Weemus put on the ear but I love it. ONE day maybe I will get to ride in it. 🙂 Thanks Amanda again for it!
I also graduated them to staying out in the paddock last week overnite which helped the stalls immensely and then last night it was SO hot I left the gate open to the field I have no idea if they went out there but the stalls were really easy to pick this am so win win. Fingers crossed that we can expand their pasture this week once our poles and new tape comes in. They still have the stalls to go into and during the day Remus pretty much stays inside all day (Tate wanders a bit but ultimately comes in front of the fan). The bugs are in a panic mode now I think. They seem to be so intense. I am hoping that means that when the cooler weather comes the bugs will die. Because between the flies and wasps I do not like bugs at all.
We are getting ready for Mark’s parents to arrive this weekend coming up. We went and bought some new furniture so we aren’t all sitting in a row on one couch (Ollie approves of this chair above). Fun times ahead. Ha.
Also, I did get a cool shot of the heron in the photo above fishing. I had no idea we had that big of fish in the pond. Sorry for the crazy ass videoing going on. No clue what I was doing. LOL The wildlife here still astounds me. PS he left that big ass fish on the bank but he did come back for it. I was fuming on the waste of a fish till he came back! 🙂
So what do you feed your horses? If you have hefty rotund beasts tell me what they get. Inquiring minds and all that. Has anyone used Safe Choice?
Hope everyone had a great weekend!! Can’t wait to catch up on blogs today!! Can you believe SEPTEMBER starts this week? WHERE DID SUMMER GO?? But this may be the first year I am not too upset that Fall is coming sooner than expected….