Horse: Don Quixote
Owner: Michelle Dorsey
Genetic state: Px/Px
Time into trial being reported: 16 days
EquiFeast supplements fed: LAM Essentials
He has been on the program for a little over 1 month and after a week and a half I noticed progress in his ability to move much better. After a bit under 3 weeks he was cantering much more fluently and able to hold the canter. He seems to be calmer and not as nervous and spooky as he once was. His coat gleams. I have a short video I am going to attempt to attach . It is not as good as some of his previous canter in that he is turning off of his forehand and not doing a rollback, but the fact that he can canter is a huge improvement. This was AMAZING as this was a horse that had barely wanted to move.
Also his sheath is no longer swollen and is a normal size now. I think I am going to be able to get on ride him like a normal horse. I don't know how this stuff is working but I haven't changed anything else.
Owner: Jennifer L Pratt
Genetic state: n/P1, n/P2, n/Px
Time into trial being reported: 8 weeks
EquiFeast supplements fed: LamiCORE and MORE Fibre. MORE Work and MORE Muscle were added as improved mobility allowed more exercise after 2 weeks.
My PSSM horse crashed hard in 2015, and over the years I've been able to bring him back around except for some smaller issues that I just couldn't fix - electrolyte imbalances, head shaking, major spookiness and anxiety, and recently an intolerance to magnesium supplementation and signs of calcium deficiency (Big Head growths).
In hindsight, these issues are actually quite large, but compared to his crash they didn't seem very big until they really started building in early 2020. In early 2021 the Big Head symptoms and magnesium issues led me to look into EquiFeast's products. I started Jax on LAM Essentials, and from day one his behavior changed drastically - he was calm with no anxiety, no spook, less reluctant to move forward, and curious about his surroundings rather than scared of them.
Within a few weeks I was seeing his gait open up, his muscles were looser, and some mild neurological signs when he'd put his head down were disappearing (these signs looked neuro, but were probably from a sore/tight back). I was finally able to start pushing him and asking for more without causing stress spasms, a huge improvement, and something I hadn't been able to do since his anxiety took over!
He also has a tendency to have dark urine since around 2014 (before he crashed), but he's not had any dark urine since starting EquiFeast. After the first month of LAM Essentials we added Fight Back for head shaking and allergies - it stopped the head shaking, seems to help with sweet itch, and has stopped his reactions to tick bites (he used to get large, pus-filled welts from them).
Since adding the Fight Back I also noticed his head seems a bit more refined, so I believe it's starting to help the Big Head growths as well. We're 6 years into fighting PSSM, with test results of n/P1, n/P2, n/Px, and taking him to a simple diet based around beet pulp, EquiFeast, and gut support has him better than ever!
Horse: Horse 1
Owner: Owner 1
Genetic state: Px/Px
Time into trial being reported: 5 weeks
EquiFeast supplements fed: LamiCORE
Since changing my horse onto the EquiFeast feed and supplements my horse is much less anxious and spooky making him so much more pleasurable to look after. (I) received the MORE muscle and MORE Oomph yesterday so will let you know if this improves his lack of energy and ridden issues.
Owner: Diane Neale
Genetic state: n/P4, n/Px
Time into trial being reported: 11 weeks
EquiFeast supplements fed: LAM Essential
Desi is a 8 year old PSSM2 horse (n/P4, n/Px), he was gene tested a year ago but been symptomatic since he was three - when he started with sticking stifles, running through bridles and ropes etc. He did not respond to the high protein diet, and the vitamin E sent him crazy.His main symptoms are catching / sticking stifles; dodgy function on his back legs, difficulty walking down hill; high anxiety / separation anxiety. anxiety-induced sloppy poo. He sees an amazing body worker every month who helps him let go of the compensations he is putting in his body but his mind is getting worse, and there is really no improvement in his hind end function.
(12 July Update ) Desi has just this morning come to the end of the first pack (started on 16th June).I am hoping to get him out on Wednesday to see how he is, but I would broadly say that we have had some improvement in both his hind end function (by eye) and in his anxiety - but this has not really been tested out in the world in the last two weeks.The trimmer came last week, and he continues to have difficulty standing easily on three legs.
(18th August update) I just wanted to give you a bit more of an update on Desi. He continues to do well - it is looking like both his body and his mind are improving enough to progress. He will now let me groom him again, and he is easier to pick up his feet. He stood better for the trimmer the last time, and I have started to pony him out from another horse and, whilst he is relatively slow, he is calm and happy. This means that we can progress his physical well being, and do it in calmness so that he gets used to being relaxed in work. I haven’t used the fine-tune products as I decided that the priority was to get his body moving more, and that his head could wait a little, so we are doing everything with one of his herd mates alongside for now. So I told you I would let you know how it went today. He is nice and calm when he has a horse he knows there, but when that horse left (it was my youngster having a training session) he lost his head, and we had rearing and spinning, and zero sign of the previous calmness. I believe this to be one of his PSSM symptoms, as he was previously not this horse - happy to hack out alone or in company. Physically he does seem a degree or two better, but in order to really test that I am going to have to organise one of his field mates to hang out with us while I try and do some school work with him - today that wasn’t possible.
Owner: Zoe-Leigh Finch
Genetic state: n/P4 n/PX
Time into trial being reported: 9 weeks
EquiFeast supplements fed: LamiCore
He started showing symptoms at just 8 weeks old he is now 2 years old. Misdiagnosed as a wobbler , broken pelvis , paralyzed bladder , OCD , Colic! Blood work showed elevated liver high calcium low sodium low protein.After spending £1000’s on treatment with a hopeless prognosis told by 2 vets to PTS , I decided to stop all medication and cut off vets as they very clearly never knew what they was dealing with. I have sat for 16 months trying to figure out what has been wrong with him.I noticed positives when changing little things in his diet and gut balancers really helped.I knew he wasn’t a wobbler all along! I’ve worked with horses all my life and done a lot of horsemanship with top highly regarded people I’ve seen this so many times before yet no one ever had an answer for it.Diet and salt along with stopping the steroids actually stopped any neurological signs he was showing.I did have him on magnesium like everyone says but this made his mind work against him.I’ve now managed to get him stable and out in a field 12 hours a day instead of 5 hours with the help from EquiFeast he is also more comfortable in his posture his mind is working with him now and his skin issues are clearing up ! No more morning stiffness.