Trio is a 17’ Irish sport horse. He is ISH bred and came to his Nicky his owner when he was 5 years old. He is a very calm horse that tries his best. But as Nicky progressed his training as a riding and jumping horse, she started to realise that he was quite stuffy and not as forward as she would like. This particularly caused issues in the show jumping arena – being a very honest horse he would always have a go, but his stuffy style caused him to knock down a lot of the fences, giving Nicky an uncomfortable experience, which eventually started to affect her confidence and enjoyment.
Nicky is an experienced horse woman and was giving Trio a lot of the things he needed already. With one small adjustment (a standard balancer containing ingredients that we tend to avoid, his diet was good. Being kept on a traditional livery yard, Trio does have some time out at inappropriate grass. But he also spends time in the stable with plenty of hay. Because Nicky rides and completes regularly, Trio has a decent level of work and exercise on a regular basis.
Following some discussion with Nicky, she agreed to add salt to Trio’s bucket and then Calm
Within a month, there was a noticeable change for the better.
Trio’s “grass affected issues ” manifested in subclinical laminitis, which (when you know what to look for), could easily be seen in his feet.
Adding Salt and GrazEzy to his bucket, plus taking out a commercial balancer that brought ingredients that we avoid, and being even more aware of the impact of the grass has enabled Nicky to make better choices around Trio’s management. At the livery yard,
As we say, correct diet and correct movement are the most important keystones to a calm healthy horse.