September 2015 – Mid Month Update

September 2015 – Mid Month Update

Holistic Horsekeeping
How to have a healthy happy horse


In This Issue:

1. 2 problem foods for the Metal horse
2. 5 Element Resources at Holistic Horsekeeping


1. 2 problem foods for the Metal horse
Madalyn with horseThe organs associated with the Metal element are the Lungs and Large Intestine. There are 2 problem foods for the Metal horse. These include feeds that can become dusty or moldy and high sugar/starch feeds, such as grain and lush pasture.

Moldy Hay
Moldy hay should never be knowingly fed to any horse but will be especially damaging the a Metal horse. Mold spores or dust in hay or feed can irritate the lungs settling up inflammatory airway disease. Round bales are especially prone to harbor dust and mold spores. If you feed round bales to a Metal horse put the bale under cover to minimize mold around the edges from exposure to the elements. Make sure that all hay is properly cured so there is no dust or mold inside the bale. Steaming hay immediately before feeding will make dusty hay safe for a Metal horse.

High Starch Grains
High starch grains can cause problems in the large intestine when all the starch is not fully digested in the small intestine. Starch that makes its way to the large intestine will disrupt the balance of fiber digesting bacteria. The starch digesting bacteria will over grow the fiber digesting bacteria which will cause problems with fiber digestion and lead to ulceration of the lining of the colon. Lush pasture or stressed grass can also be high in sugar/starch and cause similar problems to high grain diets. A hard working Metal horse can handle some sugar/starch if it is fed in small amounts at a time. Grazing muzzles can slow down consumption of high sugar/starch pasture and slow feed hay nets can be used to limit intake of high sugar/starch hay.

2. 5 Element Resources at Holistic Horsekeeping
Having trouble deciding what temperament type your horse is? No worries, we have lots of resources to help you out. The place to start with understanding horse temperament typing is with the Horse Harmony book. From there we have other resources that will help you get a more indepth understanding of the temperament types that you can apply to your own horses.

With all these resources available, you’ll be sure to determine what horse type your horse or horses are. This is valuable information for the horse’s health and happiness. And happy, healthy horses are what its all about!

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