The Naughty Pony September 2015

The Naughty Pony September 2015

Coby Progression photo
Patient of the Month
As most of you know Coby fell through the  wooden floor of a trailer.  We are quite pleased and impressed at the healing progression from day one and the use of Amnio Treatment. The picture from the right is the beginning to the healing progression to the left in the photo.  He still has a lot of recovery but we are still hopeful that he continues on the healing path.  Follow his story on Facebook with us for more updates.   Springhill Equine Facebook
Open House Postcard 2016

Upcoming Events:

***Wellness 2016 Enrollment is coming up!  Be on the look out for enrollment forms to come your way!***


Main Topic:

It’s almost hay season around here. Sure the weather is still warm but with the daylight decreasing our grass will slow down on growth over the next few weeks. This means our horses will need more hay. There’s good news and bad news on the hay front.

Good news: We have had more than enough rain this summer which means many pastures have done very well growing grass. You will be able to get by longer without hay as your horse grazes down what they have. This isn’t true for all situations, but check your pastures for actual grass and monitor how they are doing weekly. If you notice your horse starting to pull up grass by the roots, bare patches in your field, or weight loss in your horse it may be time to add more hay. Not sure what the right answer is for your horse? Have one of our amazing technicians: Beth, Charly, or Nancy come out and assess your pastures and feed program.
Bad news: We have had more than enough rain this summer which means farmers had to race against storms to try to get hay put up. Check with your regular hay supplier early to see what availability they have.   Local hays may be difficult to get. Luckily farmers are farmers and they watch the weather more closely than Dr. Lacher (which is saying something since she has been known to check the radar every 5 minutes). So while hay may be a bit tougher to find most of them should be able to take care of their regular customers.
Coastal hay has a bad reputation when it comes to colic. Some of that is earned. Horses on lots of coastal and nothing else will often colic. Horses suddenly put on a round bale of coastal will colic (especially if this happens after 6pm on a weeknight or anytime on a weekend). Luckily there are easy ways to minimize your coastal hay colic risk.
Most important: gradually increase your horse’s hay. If your horse isn’t normally on hay during the summer now is the time to gradually start them on hay. Begin with 3-4 pounds of hay per day. Increase by about 1 pound weekly until your horse is leaving some hay behind. Once they are leaving hay you may put out a round roll of hay if that’s your feeding preference. Once your horse is on 8 pounds of coastal hay daily you should add in about 2 pounds of alfalfa or peanut hay daily. Alfalfa and peanut hays draw water in to the intestinal tract helping reduce the risk of colic.
Don’t feed coastal? We’ve got a plan for that too. Northern Grass and grass/alfalfa mix hays are excellent choices for many horses. Timothy, Orchard, and Brome hays are the most common grasses. You don’t have to worry about colics due to hay with these types of hays and they provide more nutrition than coastal hay. But they provide more nutrition than coastal hay and sometimes that’s too many calories.   For the easy keeper or Insulin Resistant horse we don’t recommend more than 2-3 pounds of these hays per day added to a base of a coastal.
Want to get the most out of your hay dollar? Consider some type of feeding system. Slow feed hay nets come in sizes from a flake or two to an entire round roll. Hay nets have numerous benefits including slowing your horse down which makes your hay last longer, decreasing the calories they consume from hay, keeping them eating small amounts for longer, keeping their feet, manure, and urine out of the hay, and keeping them from stuffing their nose in the bale which often causes problems with allergies. We haven’t found a reason not to use these hay nets yet. One of our technicians, Nancy, began using them on her coastal round bale and got an addition 10 days out of the roll and her two older horses were able to stop taking medication for their heaves since they couldn’t stick their noses into the bale. If hay nets aren’t your thing check out YouTube for about a million different slow feed hay DIY options.   Check out this one:–3IOU for starters.
We are here to help you design the perfect nutritional system for your horse, your life, and your farm. Gives us call, e-mail, or text!
Erica’s Corner
UNCLE! Alright I have cried Uncle!!!!! I am done with rain. Despite my best efforts I can’t keep up with Angie’s rain rot. She gets a bath at least once weekly in CK Shampoo. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. She spends a decent amount of time wearing my rain rot concoction mix on her top-line. And she has scratches, dew poisoning, small annoying crusts (whichever name you choose) on her pasterns that refuse to leave no matter what I do to them.

Trying to ride has been difficult at best. My property is on a hill and usually drains very well. Fortunately or unfortunately I also live on clay which is now so wet I could make an enormous work of pottery art out of my pastures. Poor Ernie has been riding up and down the road since it’s the only dry place around. He is very tired of straight lines….
I know one year it will be dry and I will look back on this summer of amazing grass growth with longing but today is not that day. Today I am hoping for sunshine and 50% humidity.
Tech Spot       

Wow, It’s that time of year again for our Annual Open House October 10th from 10am to 2pm!  Time sure does fly!  We are looking forward to familiar faces as well as new ones.

This is the perfect opportune time to meet all of our staff, gain a little knowledge from our live demos, eat with us and win some wonderful prizes!Again, this year our big prize is a full year of our Basic Wellness Program for free!  What a wonderful program to!  Tony is super excited for everyone to come see what we have been up too!Hope to see you all there!  Please RSVP via Springhill Equine Email  Thank you!!
Tuesdays With Tony

Tuesdays With Tony

Tuesdays with Tony

AS a black cat I must say I am excited that cooler weather came for a visit even if it was brief. It was excellent napping weather after a very busy week of routine health care. Dr. Lacher and Dr. Vurgason were very busy with vaccines, dental, fecal egg counts, and general health checks this week. On the farm and in the clinic it was definitely jam packed. They seem to like these healthy horse checks. It offers them a chance to address minor issues they see before they compromise your horse’s health. There is nothing our Docs like better than giving your horse a happy healthy life. With all this rain it has been very difficult keeping ahead of the Florida Skin Funk. Frequent baths can help but with as much rain as we have had this year you would have to be bathing 24/7. In most circumstances a mixture of chlorhexidine, mineral oil, and dish-washing detergent can be sprayed on affected areas, left to sit overnight, and bathed off in the morning to removed really bad crusts. I have no idea why a horse would tolerate all this bathing, and spraying. I just lie on the pillow when it’s raining out and stare forlornly at the porch wishing I could be outside. For the worst cases the Docs use special medicated shampoos, and ointments that work like a charm.

I have been extremely busy delegating Open House tasks. It falls on the cat to be sure everyone has just the right job given to them. I then closely supervise the computer and phone items from my perch in front of the screen. I find it especially helpful to surreptitiously put my paw on the alt or ctrl keys while the humans are typing. The reaction when the computer begins having random responses to typing is priceless and keeps this cat entertained for hours. I do hope to see everyone at the Open House this year. We have some great prizes and the chance to meet me so I really see no reason not to come on out October 10th between 10am and 2pm.