Remember my last blog post where I posted this pic?
It actually made me really, really unhappy. Because it looked to me like my pony is all angles. I may have unrealistic expectations (in fact, I am pretty sure that's all I have), but after 4 weeks of handwalking, 4 weeks of lunging and now almost 4 weeks back under saddle, I thought Boca's muscle development would be further along than this.
I mentioned my concerns to my trainer in my lesson on Tuesday night. A fellow trainer overheard our conversation and piped up that it may be due to a Vitamin E deficiency. Cue me panicking.
Because I can never seem to anything by half-measures, and anything involving my horse causes me to immediately over-react and go into overdrive, in the last 48 hours I have:
- Emailed Dr. C to pull a blood panel. Vet visit scheduled for Tuesday
- Call and text BO to review possible Smartpak supplement options
- Order Smartpak Supplement
- Sign up for Feedxl.com
- Review entire feed program
- Identify deficiencies in feed program
- Email FeedXL directly for suggestions
- Start not one, but TWO threads on COTH
- Contact Triple Crown Feed 2x
- Call 3 feed stores looking for Triple Crown 30%
- Order TC 30% from local feed store
- Make hubby pick up TC 30% from local feed store TODAY
The last 48 hours have been a crash course in horse nutritional education, and for once, I have found online forums to be extremely helpful in providing knowledge and making suggestions.
I'm not looking forward to yet another vet bill, but I also do believe in knowing exactly what, if anything, you are dealing with, and addressing it accordingly. I could also easily blow the same amount of money on any random assortment of things that may or may not address the problem, if there is one.
Just for funsies, let's take a look at all the things I considered spending money on, but didn't:
1) A successful racehorse trainer suggested I ad 1 can of Guinness and 2 raw eggs daily to Boca's diet. How does one store eggs at a barn? Plus, I'm pretty sure I would really want to drink the Guinness, so that's a No.
2) The BO suggested I add a muscle building supplement, and while that is not a bad idea, I want to know WHY Boca is not building muscle first, before I throw a random supplement at it. So, pass.
3) Other trainer suggested adding Smartpak's Vitamin E supplement, and again, while this is not a bad idea, I have no idea if Boca is, in fact deficient in Vitamin E or not, so instead of spending $30 on something that may or may not work, I'm going to do the $105 blood test and know for sure.
Anywho, I have spent the last 48 hours being a crazed horse lady, which has not been fun. You would think from my response that my horse is actually physically starving to death, not just a little slow to add muscle, but that's how I roll.