It always surprises me how much salt horses eat in the cold weather in the research facility. The take home message is that salt requirements in the cold weather are the same as in the summer. Therefore it is important year around to always have salt blocks available for the horses.
SALT!!!!! Salt is crucial at the cellular level for proper metabolic and biological function. With inadequate intake of salt, water and feed consumption goes down and performance suffers. I have investigated numerous problems in horses from poor performance, tying up, colic etc. only to see no salt blocks in their pens. In Stamina Plus Equine Supplement and Stamina Plus Immune Power Plus there is a safety net of salt in our products. But in times of stress like; hot weather, cold weather, health issues, travel and training the salt requirements go up. THEREFORE ALL HORSES SHOULD HAVE A SALT BLOCK AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES. Stamina Plus recommends the use of white salt.
Foals are born with trace minerals stored in their liver from the Trace Minerals feed to the pregnant mare. Trace Minerals are very important for the normal growth of the bones in foals. At weaning the liver of the foal is now depleted of Trace Minerals because very little Trace Minerals are absorbed from the milk of the mare. Therefore it is common to see Epiphysitis and other bone pathologies at weaning time. It is extremely important to start the weaned foal on a good supplement at weaning but not feed to much grain. Hay is important and needs 16% protein. Stamina Plus has spent 40 years developing and testing for these deficiencies. If you feed 2 ½ ounces of Stamina Plus Equine Supplement plus, ½ pound of oats (to start with) and Hay you will meet the complete Micro-Nutrition requirement of weaned foals.
I have had the unfortunate experience to evaluate an acute liver toxicity in a horse this fall. This horse had to be euthanatized due to liver damage that was not reversible. After an extensive investigation it was determined that the toxicity came from a toxic weed in the hay. Toxic weeds can be very difficult to see in baled hay. This toxic week was found in the field that the hay came from. Therefore it is important to know where your hay comes from and buy certified weed free hay.
Stamina plus has finished their research into supplements for Senior Horses and found that Stamina Plus Immune Power Plus is a better product for Senior Horses. Therefore the Senior will be replaced with the Immune Power Plus.
Stamina Plus has conducted research into Equine Nutrition for the past 41 years. The number of horses in the research facility in Cody, Wyoming has been as high as 80. The research has included pregnant mares, newborns, weanlings, yearlings, performance horses and geriatric horses. The research has also included blood samples from 300 BLM horses. The research data Stamina Plus has accumulated in its research facility has allowed a complete line of Equine Supplements to be offered to Horse owners, that is safe and balances the micro-nutrition of your horses.
It is now June, but Stamina Plus has evaluated nutrient levels from hay fed this spring. Hay that is fed in spring is really almost a year old. As horse owners wait for the first hay crop which depending on where you live is either in June or July, do you start to see your horses having trouble holding weight. Hay from last year has lost 30% of its nutrients. Therefore it is important to increase the amount of hay fed per day to maintain your horse’s weight.
Leg problems in new born foals are created because of a lack of the correct Trace Minerals intake in Gestating Mares. When foals are born their level of trace minerals come from the level in the feed, fed to gestating mares. There is very little trace minerals transferred in the Mares Milk. Therefore the foals must be born with enough Trace Minerals to last them until they start eating feed with the correct trace mineral added as a supplement. Stamina Plus has developed those correct levels of Trace Mineral to be feed to gestation mares and weaned foals over the last 30 years in their Research facility. Stamina Plus’s Equine Supplement at three ounces per day provides those necessary levels of Trace Minerals along with the correct levels of all Vitamins. The take home message is to make sure your pregnant mare is receiving the correct levels of Trace Minerals and Vitamins daily.
Winter time is here in Wyoming at the Stamina Plus Research Center. I normally don’t think of sand colic when the ground is frozen and covered in snow. The hay that Stamina Plus purchased last fall has a fair amount of dirt in it. Stamina Plus always purchases the best hay that we can find and it is mold free, dry but does have some dirt in it. When feeding this hay in the individual feeders dirt builds up in the bottom. The dirt is cleaned out daily but my worries are that they may eat some of the dirt. Therefore to prevent this dirt from causing problems we are feeding two scoops of Stamina Plus Fiber daily to all horses. This protocol has worked well and no signs of sand colic have occurred.
Stamina Plus in its research facility at Cody, Wyoming only feeds non-GMO feed. The Supplements that Stamina Plus has developed over the last 30 years are designed to feed with Oats that are non-GMO. How to find non-GMO feed for horses. Oats are never GMO, Grass Hay is never GMO and if you ask your hay supplier you can find non-GMO Alfalfa and Timothy hay.