By Patty Wilber
Lucy is blanket and fly mask free right now (and getting hairy). She has pretty eyes and I get a kick, about four times a day, out of just seeing all of her.
We have figured out she needs regular body work and I have a couple people (Guy Winters, muscle release stuff; Sara Loya chiropractic) that have really helped.
She needs to be shod every five to six weeks and she needs a pretty short toe. (Thanks Chase!)
She needs non-wool saddle pads, since it turns out she is allergic to wool.
I use anti-ulcer meds just in case.
What a princess!
She looks good and she is moving better than ever, though, so I am darn happy.
The last thing (that I know of) on my Lucy Wellness List is to up her over all energy level. Yes, I do love that she is quiet, but sometimes I get tired of begging her to move out.
I have added Platinum CJ to her diet. I did this because both Cody Crow and a vet I talked to at the Appaloosa World Show, said that some horses on Platinum REALLY perk up. Cody said about half the horses he fed it to got too hot, and the vet said that they have to reduce the amount fed to their two and sometimes even skip days.
I read more about it and some folks had the hot result and some had no change. Several people felt like it took 30 to 60 days to get the full effect.
Beauty, Judith’s two year old is on it, and that filly has good energy, but is not hot at all. In fact, she must be an old soul, because she seems to want to take care of her riders.
Lucy has been on Platinum CJ for about two weeks, and I think her energy level is picking up a bit. But maybe that is just wishful thinking.
I am going to give it another two weeks and then if I think she could still use more perk in her step, I may add in or switch to a “blood builder” like Red Cell. Feeding BOTH Red Cell and Platinum CJ might be overkill, so before I do that I will consult my vet(s). I just thought of that, and now it is too late to text and get an answer in time for this post. Maybe I can find out for next week.
Red Cell can also have the effect of increasing energy levels. It can work wonders on some horses and be a bad fit for others, apparently. Red Cell has a lot of iron and selenium, so it is not something one should over do.
Red Cell is WAY cheaper than Platinum CJ. Twenty-three dollars for a gallon. You feed one to two ounces per day. A gallon has 128 ounces. Cost is 18 cents per ounce. EIGHTEEN. CENTS. (Or 36 cents if we feed two ounces.)
Platinum CJ is 154 dollars for 25 pounds. Twenty-five pounds contains 145 servings, but if we are feeding two scoops per day, that is more than TWO DOLLARS per day.
Geez. Red Cell is looking like the thing I should have tried first! Also, I probably owe Judith some money!