Every morning the feed routine is the same. I go out and gather up the feed pans. Sky comes over and goes into her little pen and then everyone waits by the gate for me to come back out.
I go into the garage to my feed mixing station and start mixing up their feed:
- Captain Planet gets 2 Tablespoons of Crypto Aero, 1/4 cup of Timothy grass pellets and one scoop of Remission and 2 Tablespoons of ground flax.
- Zorro gets 2 Tablespoons of Crypto Aero, 1/4 cup of Timothy grass pellets and 1/2 a scoop of California Trace minerals and 2 Tablespoons of ground flax.
- Sky gets 2 Tablespoons of Crypto Aero, 1/4 cup of Timothy grass pellets, 1 Tablespoon of Crypto Aero PLUS, 2 Tablespoons of ground flax and 1/2 a scoop of California Trace minerals.
- Bonnie gets 2 Tablespoons of Crypto Aero, 1/4 cup of Timothy grass pellets, 2 Tablespoons of ground flax, 1 teaspoon of Thyro-L and 1/2 a scoop of California Trace mineral.
The base feed is always the same, 2 Tablespoons of Crypto Aero and 1/4 cup of Timothy grass pellets. But the supplements change a bit as the summer goes on. I muscle test everyone to be sure they are getting what they need and if they need more or less of something or something entirely different, then I will make the adjustment. Bodies are an ever changing thing and just feeding the same thing all the time may not be helping the horse as their bodies change and adjust to the weather, the seasons, the differing grasses and hay and even to the supplements offered. As mentioned before I always test my hay. I have spent some time and money testing my grass at different times of day and different times of the spring and summer. I need to know what they are putting in their mouths so I can balance everything – as close as I can anyway.
Then I take the pans out – after stacking them in a particular order so I know which pan goes to which horse – and set them out! Everyone waits their turn, they all stand and eat out of their own pan. Which is a good thing since they all get something different! I have to put Sky in the pen because if she is out with everyone she will eat very fast and sometimes even leave her own pan to go boss everyone away from theirs. She causes so much chaos she is just better off in the pen.
While the ponies are eating their hard feed I walk over to the hay stack and put out the loose hay. One flake for each pony! Then one at a time they make their way over. Zorro is always first, then Bonnie and Captain come over.
Then I walk over and let Sky out of her pen.
Sky will wait for me to come back over, she demands that I scratch her belly for a few minutes, then she will wander around and check all the pans for any left overs.
Then she makes her way around the track to the forage station.
Each horse has their own hay pile. Zorro often likes to share and all the ponies will let him share with them. Bonnie can be bossy around the hay, but she settles quickly and lets everyone share with her after a few minutes.
I love watching them all eat together. Our morning routine is so soothing to me.