You may remember my first mini track paddock expiriment at our old farm. I’ve been eager to set up a track at our new farm, and finally got to do so a couple weeks ago. I LOVE it.
The track goes around the perimeter of a 3 acre pasture on a hill side. The track is approximately 1/4 mile long, per GPS. This is a fairly small track compared to some I’ve seen online, but I wanted to start with one small enough to keep it grass free, as well as eventually add footing to make it mud free all winter. We also have an 8 acre hay field that I might add another track on if we need more space in the future.
There has been a lot of chatter on the endurance facebook pages about Purina’s new gastric ulcer supplement, Outlast.
There are hundreds of gastric health supplements on the market, most of which are snake oil. Why is this one any different?
I love Red Horse hoof products. I used Artimud under some glue on hoof protection and was absolutely amazed at how well it kept the frogs healthy and free of thrush. Even after casts with pads being glued on for two weeks, the feet looked and smelled great upon removal. They also have a product called Field Paste, which is similar but more suited for pasture turnout on a bare foot. They work really well.
They are both clay based hoof packing with added all natural antimicrobial and antifungal ingredients. The concept of the Field Paste is, what sticks to the hoof in the mud, like mud? Mud! So it is a medicated clay mud packed in the hoof instead of gross pasture poop mud. It stays in for up for 3 days. This is a great option for those who pasture board and can’t see their horse daily or don’t have time for daily hoof cleaning and treatment. Just pick out the feet well, then smear/smush the clay into the collateral grooves and central sulcus. Done.
…but the price tag! $32 for a tiny tub? Really? Add to that, it is from the UK and the only USA distributor charges like $17 for shipping. Seriously?
You know me, I had to tinker with it and see if I could make my own version for less money.
I’ve been meaning to write up a post about my experiment this fall with modified Renegade shells, glued on for a full cycle (4 weeks), acting as shoes.