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Coconut Meal? My Horse Won’t Eat That! I get some version of this response (title of article) just about every time I strike up a conversation with someone new about CoolStance. But, the truth is, I have yet to meet a horse that.. read more
Coconut Meal? My Horse Won’t Eat That! I get some version of this response (title of article) just about every time I strike up a conversation with someone new about CoolStance. But, the truth is, I have yet to meet a horse that hasn’t readily accepted it when transitioned thoughtfully. It’s true that a horse accustomed to eating grains high in starch and sugars is likely to turn its nose up at Cool Stance if you suddenly replace his usual sinful dinner with a bowl of healthy coconut meal (the same could be said about most of us as well!). But, the fact of the matter is, no one should ever transition any horse from one type of feed to another abruptly. Also, if you’ve ever had a loose horse on your farm or in your barn, you know that when it comes to choosing what (or how much) to eat, horses definitely don’t always know what’s best for them!Stance Equine USA offers a recommended protocol for introducing Cool Stance, but I don’t want you to just take the company’s word for it. So in this article, I’m going to share some personal stories of how several of my friends and I have successfully transitioned a variety of horses over to Cool Stance, with amazing results.Left: Robin and Hardy Brown with their horses, Dahlia and Chip.
First I want to introduce you to Robin and Hardy Brown who own Chainey Briar Stables in Ridgeville, SC. The Browns were so excited about the early results they got from Cool Stance back in 2011 that they stepped up as the very first dealers in the Southeast! “Since we are a boarding stable, we have transitioned a number of horses of many breeds, backgrounds and diets over to Cool Stance, usually with minimal to no resistance”, explains Hardy. “With new horses, we start with just a sprinkle or about 1/8 cup of dry Cool Stance on their current food. Some horses will do some sniffing or pushing the food around with their upper lip, andone or two horses have tried eating around it, but typically within a couple of days they finish everything.” Hardy goes on to explain that over the next few days they gradually add more Cool Stance up to about 1/2 a cup, and then introduce some moisture to get the horses used to eating wet feed. Usually within three weeks they are completely switched over to the appropriate amount for each particular horse’s needs, which could be anywhere from 1.5 to 5 cups of Cool Stance, twice per day.“Then”, Hardy adds with a smile, “we stand back and watch the transformations unfold!” Many people are concerned initially with the fat content in Cool Stance (9%). But what those of us who use the feed have found is that because coconut meal contains only medium-chain triglycerides, you get all the benefits of a healthy oil (enhanced coat color and condition for example), without adding unwanted weight. And because Cool Stance is packed full of readily digestible protein (20%), you also get improved muscle tone and top-lines.
Kit and Val, both Georgian Grande horses (a cross between a Saddlebred and a Friesian) who are owned by Michael Zeigler, were boarded at Chainey Briar Stables from 2008 until 2014. As you can see from the photos on the left, they are a perfect example of the positive changes we frequently see in coat condition/color and top-line!Kit and Val before Cool StanceKit and Val after Cool StanceMy own Arabian gelding, Shoki, is further proof that the fats in Cool Stance are safe and effective, even for “easy keepers”. For many years I struggled to control emerging metabolic issues with Shoki. He was considerably overweight and had started to develop a cresty neck and fat pads behind his shoulders. My veterinarian was quite concerned about his weight. I had already tried a variety of “low starch” commercial feeds and had increased his exercise, all to no avail. So, I was excited when I learned that Cool Stance contains no more than 11% non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) and no more than 2% starch! As you can see from the photos below (click on images to enlarge), after transitioning to Cool Stance Shoki dropped considerable weight and his cresty neck line disappeared, but he still maintained excellent overall body and coat condition. The last photo on the right shows him earlier this year, at age 26 and completely retired – but still fit and maintaining wonderful muscle tone on Cool Stance.Shoki before (2008)Shoki after (2010) Shoki today (2016)Cool Stance is also very effective at putting weight on thin horses!
Meet Jett, a 7 year old paint gelding owned by Lauren Clarey. Jett recently came to Chainey Briar Stables as a new boarder, arriving on September 17, 2016. He was immediately transitioned over to CoolStance. You can see from the before and after photos below that Jett’s body and coat condition have both drastically improved in just 2 months. We’re all excited to see how phenomenal he’ll look when he sheds out next Spring!
Q. I’m trying to estimate my horse’s weight to determine how much hay, grain, and other products I should be feeding. I bought a weight tape at the feed store and it says that he weighs 1,050 pounds. Howe.. read more
Q. I’m trying to estimate my horse’s weight to determine how much hay, grain, and other products I should be feeding. I bought a weight tape at the feed store and it says that he weighs 1,050 pounds. However, he looks heavier than that to me—he’s a heavily built Quarter Horse. My friend let me borrow a different weight tape, and that one and it says he is 1,125 pounds. That seems closer although I still think he weighs more. How am I supposed to accurately determine his weight if the tapes say different things?A. Weight tapes are a very useful tool for estimating a horse’s weight; however, as you have found, they do differ and aren’t always accurate. Different tape manufacturers use slightly different algorithms to convert the distance around the horse’s heart girth into a body weight estimate. I own several different tapes and each one gives a different weight when used on the same horse.Fortunately, there are some things you can do to get the most accurate estimate. Have the horse stand squarely on level ground and be certain to place the tape correctly on the horse. Unless the tape gives other directions, place it around the horse’s entire barrel about an inch below the highest point of the withers and tightly behind both elbows. The tape should be in a vertical line when the horse is viewed from the side. Check to make sure that the tape is not twisted on the opposite side of the horse.I generally find the tapes I have provide a fairly accurate estimate for a horse with proportional conformation and of moderate size, but that they underestimate the weight of those that are long backed or particularly tall. I find that regular tapes also tend not to be as accurate on Miniature Horses and small ponies either.While tapes are a good tool for monitoring relative weight gain or loss over time, my preference is to use a weight calculation formula, as this is typically found to be more accurate.