Monday, August 1, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
After quite a bit of research and some opinions, I decided to go with alfalfa pellets instead of any type of grain. Alfalfa is a type of hay that is very high in protein. The pellets are basically a compressed version of the alfalfa hay and do not contain any types of grains or sugar of any sort and there is very little processing necessary.The recommended amount to feed a horse that is trying to gain weight is about 1 pound per 100 pounds of horse. This would mean that Santana would need about 11 pounds per day. Once she is up to a good weight (she is almost there now), you can back the amount down to about 8-9 pounds per day.
I also added ground flax seed to her diet. Many people eat this as well. Once ground, the flax seed is a light colored powder that is just sprinkled on the top of her pellets. She is getting about a cup of this per day currently. Once she is up to good weight, I will back this down to 1/2 cup per day. The flax seed adds "good" fat to her diet to help her gain/maintain weight. This also helps tremendously with her coat! She will be gleaming once she sheds her winter coat!
I never knew a horse's diet could be so complicated! Back in the day, my horses were super easy keepers. I never really had to think a whole lot about what I was feeding them because they always stayed fat and happy.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Danielle isn't 100% sure if she wants to take her just yet. She wants to think about it and make sure she isn't just making an emotional decision since losing Delia. I do know that she really likes her though. She is a very "green" horse, meaning that she hasn't had very much training at all. She doesn't know very many things, but she is a very willing horse and you can tell she loves attention and being near people.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I will get pictures next time! PROMISE!
#2. Danielle and I didnt go look at the horse, Lilly, last weekend. The lady who is keeping her was playing phone tag with Danielle and Saturday came and went. The good news about this is that Danielle finally talked with the lady and we are going to look at Lilly this Saturday! So I should be able to get pictures, maybe even a video, of them this weekend!
As far as updates with Santana go, she is still doing very well. I rode her last night and Julie was commenting on how much muscle she has gained in the last month.
If there is ever a time where she is not a complete mudball, I will take some updated pictures and post them!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The weather hasn't really been cooperating with Santana and I lately. Last week it was rain, rain, rain and this week it's a combination of the leftover rain and it is coooooooold! Brrr! Santana's water buckets freeze over several times a day, which reminds me that I need to look into getting at least one heated water bucket. Who would have thought we would need that in Texas?
I noticed last weekend that Santana was losing a little bit of weight. Probably due to her workout regimen which, until this week, has been a steady 5-6 days a week. Prior to me owning her, she wasn't getting regular workouts. It is also probably due to it being winter time as well. So we increased her hay intake in the hopes that this will keep weight on her. She seems very happy about this!
Nelle is coming on Saturday to trim/re-shoe Santana. I will try to snap some pictures during this process, so I can share that with everyone.
I am also excited about Saturday because Danielle (which is a girl that feeds at Trinity River Farm) is going to look at a horse. The horse is named Lilly and belongs to my husband's Aunt and Uncle. Lilly was given to them by a friend and they never ride her, so they have decided that they would like to find a good home for her.
First, a little background about Danielle and her situation. Danielle rescued a horse at the beginning of December, just before I got Santana. Delia was an older horse, but Danielle after she brought her to the farm and had the vet take a look at her, Danielle found out that she was older than they had originally thought, around 24 years old. So Danielle took it very easy with her and she was mostly a companion animal.
Well about 2 weeks ago, I got a phonecall from Julie, the owner of the farm, saying that I would need to come and let Santana out of her stall because Danielle had to trailer Delia to the vet. It was New Years Day, so I was very worried. I text Danielle and asked if everything was ok. She replied that she had made the decision to put Delia down. Apparently, Delia was unable to pass food down her throat. The vet tried to do a scope (this is when they try to stick a camera-like thing down the throat to find out what the problem is) and when they did the scope, Delia's esophagus ruptured and she began bleeding heavily.
So, this was obviously a very sad thing for Danielle. She has come to grips with the fact that she did the right thing for Delia and she is ready to move on from this.
SO....I told her about Lilly and she is excited to meet her and see if they will be good for each other!
We are going together on Saturday (hopefully) to look at her. Again, I will try to get some pictures!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Thursday, December 30, 2010
According to wikipedia, Equine Conformation evaluates the degree of correctness of a horse's bone structure, musculature, and its body proportions in relation to each other. Basically conformation is how the horse is physically built. Just like with people, there is an "ideal" conformation for horses and this will change with what the horse will be used for.
I am hoping to Event with Santana (I will go into Eventing a little later on).
This horse's name is Livingstone and is the subject of an article written by Judy Wardrope titled The Right Conformation for an Eventer. He shows her idea of an ideal Eventing horse.
Here is Santana. I know the pictures aren't as good as the one above, but we will have to make do. She looks pretty good compared to this guy! She is a little undermuscled, she needs to be consistently worked, but I think putting that aside, she is built pretty well.
Anyone who Events will tell you that conformation is important, however the most important thing a horse needs in order to Event is heart. I dont really know Santana well enough to know if she has heart, but she definitely tries to do what I ask of her.
Fingers crossed that there is a future in Eventing for us!