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Below are summaries of the experiences of different trialists provided for the purpose of informing other horse owners

 

Horse: Orion
Owner: Jenny Young
Country: Australia
Genetic state: n/P4
Time into trial being reported: 5 weeks
EquiFeast supplements fed: BREAK FREE and Essential Daily Care

At the end of our first five weeks I’m going to reservedly say that I see improvement in Orion. He has always been spooky and some days still is, however, his keeping has changed in as much as a new horse has been added to our herd and due to some paddock fisticuffs, Orion had to be removed since he sustained an injury to his forearm that needed tending and I’ve since kept him apart from the other two. I can’t decide if sometimes he reverts back to his old spooky self because he has no companion with him at the moment and perhaps gets a bit worried, or if the loading dose of Break Free might have been affecting him.


If paddocked with or beside he starts fights with the others, not due to aggression he just has a high play drive that the others do not share so they put him in his place, this is not a new thing, he has always been like this, though for the past year or so he hasn’t displayed this tendency, it only resurfaced when the new horse arrived which coincidentally was when he began the trial.

Orion had his first trip off property in 3 years a couple of weeks ago for a dental visit. I spent a week re-familiarising him with the float and he loaded, travelled and unloaded well. The weather was horrendous when we arrived and he was quite wired but all things considered all went well.

I have been trying to get him used to fly spray since i got him several years ago and he has always hated being sprayed and could never stay still. Just last week we had a breakthrough and I was able to spray him without him panicking about it.

We also had the best farrier appointment last week. Normally Orion would be all over the ship not standing still and snatching his legs away, but this visit he stood in the one place the whole time although he did lean his weight on the poor farrier, but only snatched his leg a couple of times.

Because Orion is unstarted it’s difficult to tell if he would be improved if he’d been a ridden horse but his muscles are usually soft when I palpate them so I’m pleased about that.

I have now dropped him down to the maintenance dose of Break Free and I’m looking forward to seeing if we get more improvement over the next few weeks.

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