A Little Note on Feed

I know everyone has a feeding regime specialized for their horses that they feel keep the animals performing at their very best. I came across a feed six months ago that I am just head over heels for. I’ve been at various barns, each with their own specialized feeding programs. I honestly had never really seen much a difference despite the variance in feeds. My horse was competing early this year and I was looking for something to feed that would keep weight on, wasn’t going to cost me a fortune, and wouldn’t make a hot horse any hotter.

I started speaking with others inquiring about their favorite feeds. A couple of people had said that they had good luck with a feed called “Renew Gold“. I was skeptical. According to their website, “Renew Gold is a unique formulation of energy dense, low starch, premium quality Non-GMO ingredients. The combination of High Fat Stabilized Rice Bran, CoolStance® Coconut Meal and Flax provides a uniquely efficient formulation that is lower in starch than grains or sweet feed. The unique combination of three protein and fat sources and other premium quality  ingredients allows Renew Gold to provide concentrated nutritional support for horses of all types and uses. Made in the USA.” (http://www.renewgold.com/renew-equine)

Say what? That’s all in a horse feed? I don’t even think I eat that well in my daily life! At renewgold$30+ dollars a bag I wasn’t quite sure that it would live up to all of the claims. But wrong I was. At a 1/2lb a day with some basic supplements, my horse has never kept weight this well while competing, through our brutal (for us) Southern Oregon winter, and her coat has never been more shiny or soft. I’ve had her turned out most of this winter, in light work, so my once daily grooming habits have slipped to 2-3 times a week. I can’t even believe how incredible her coat looks and feels. Last winter she dropped a lot of weight and I was bulking her up on beet pulp. But this year, I’ve only had her on the 1/2lb of feed and she is maintaining her proper weight.

I’m as surprised as anyone that it really worked as well as it did. Everyone has their own program that they find has worked for them – but I wanted to drop a note about how amazed I was at the difference in my girl since putting her on Renew Gold. By the way, we keep stock in our store. At a 1/2lb once a day, a bag lasts an entire month!

Has anyone ever tried this product with good results? Or an unnoticeable difference? Always curious to hear what people think! It seems like all we can do is keeping trying until we find the best results.

~ Savannah

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Those Pesky Winter Blues

There is just something about the middle of January that leaves us all feeling a little blue. The holidays are over, winter weather has set in, and like most equestrians, we are just counting down the days until Spring. Spring means longer days and warmer weather! And hopefully a little bit less excited horses. This time of year also signals the start of getting prepared for the coming show season. At least for us here, that begins about March or April for the recognized shows to begin. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of those traveling down I-5 to Southern California, show season has already begun!

Now is about the time to start planning out a tentative year. If that means getting a group together to go trail riding, finding a local clinician to work with, or mapping out a plan for the year, both horse and rider start focusing on looking good for the year ahead. I know I’ve had to motivate myself with an extra cup of coffee most mornings to get out to the barn to ride, especially when it’s 25 degrees outside and stormy. That and spend a little extra time at the gym after weeks of holiday fun.

One of my favorite ways to get motivated for the year ahead is to flip through all of the spring catalogs to see what everyone is going to be wearing for the new year. I regularly compete in the Dressage ring, and am continuously surprised at what people are wearing. When I started competing years ago, everything seemed formal and traditional; white shirts and breeches, black boots and a black jacket. Maybe, if you were feeling inspired, a sparkly stock tie pin.

Now it seems like navy blue and brown are the new black. And the rhinestones! I myself and a huge sparkle fan, but even I am bemused at the (overuse?) of these lax regulations. Assuming the base color is neutral, I don’t see any rules against having brown and dark blue coats, helmets, and even boots! Everything that is everything has sparkle on it; boots, spur straps, spurs, belts, gloves, stock ties, jackets, and even helmets! I guess trying to blind the judge is always an option if your horses chooses to have a misbehaving moment.

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Rainy  Rancho Murieta Dressage Show ~ Dressed by Gid-De-Up Barkins Boutique

I work at a tack store and both fortunately and unfortunately I spend my days surrounded
by so many cool, new and fun tack and apparel for the horse and rider.  My “Go-To” for the show season in the Dressage ring is Ariat Dress Boots, ROMFH breeches, ROMFH chill factor show shirts, ROMFH quiet bling belts, ROMFH stock ties (with a blingy or colorful pin of my choosing!), Pikeur show jacket, Neumann tackified summer riding gloves, and my favorite helmet by Charles Owen! Waldhausen USA is my favorite for stylish tack and attire for my horse; a little European style, a bit of bling, and at an affordable price.

I love the traditional black and white, but I also enjoy seeing what great color palettes will be in the show ring this year. Gearing up for the season ahead gives me motivation to make it out to the barn for those early, cold, winter morning. Lessons and clinics are a good way to also get you and your horse prepped for the season ahead. Hey, maybe the more we start getting organized now, the faster the fun of the spring season will come upon us!

~ Savannah

 

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