We recently started a few of our horses on the Spillers Senior Super-Mash. We have fed mash for years to our older horses to add a bit more to their diet but not bring their sugar levels up and risk laminitis or joint inflammation. Our oldest boys are Flame who is 30 and Rowan who is 25 and their teeth aren't up to chomping on much. Rowan's gnashers are so worn down that the only form of crunch gets is the Spillers Alfalfa-Pro Fibre! Rowan and Flame have been on the Super-Mash for a couple of weeks now and are really thriving on it!
Flame really struggles to keep his weight and has been completely retired for about 5 years now because of his arthritis so has muscle wastage too! Since being on the Super-Mash, he is looking so much better, we can't even believe it's our old man! It's lovely to see him keeping his weight and looking so well. We will take some full body photos if the weather ever clears up but here's his beautiful face for now!
Rowan is slightly younger but has other complications, mainly teeth, and he also needs gut support, as Flame does, to absorb his food properly. Fibre is a massive issue for Rowan as, no matter how we give him his hay or haylage, he eats very little. We were very worried about him earlier in the year as nothing we tried helped (including 4 feeds a day) but then we got him on the right balance of Spillers Alfalfa-Pro, Protexin Gut Balancer and, more recently, the Spillers Super-Mash and he's looking so much better! He can be really fussy and used to leave his feed if it was just mash and chaff but he can't eat mix properly so ends up spitting a lot of his feed on the ground and not getting the good stuff! With Alfalfa-Pro, it's enough to keep the feed interesting but the cubes are soft enough that he manages to eat his whole feed! He particularly loves his new apple flavoured Senior Mash and we've managed to up his feed without him getting bored for the first time in ages! Due to his size, Rowan has also been retired for many years but is now learning to bow and having lots of fun doing lots of Liberty work!
This week, we have started our wonderful Flicker, who's 22, and Phoenix, who's 17, on the Super-Mash! They took part in The Great Adventure and made it all the way from John O'Groats to Land's End this summer on Spillers feed and the Spillers Team recognised their amazing achievement by sending us some sample bags, specifically for them! Phoenix and Flicker are enjoying some down time this winter and are turned out with two feeds a day and plenty of grass! With the help of Alfalfa-Pro Fibre and, now, the Super-Mash, they both look absolutely fantastic and they love their new feed!
We love how versatile this mash is, we mix it up with hot water when it's really cold or wet to warm them from the inside. Hopefully we don't get another big freeze this winter but, if we do, it's a great way to encourage the horses to drink when their water troughs are cold and, similarly, can be heavily diluted in the summer to keep the horses hydrated. We used mash while we were on The Great Adventure, particularly during the lorry journey up to John O'Groats and home from Land's End, to encourage the ponies to drink on the box as they often refuse water when it's offered to them and we can't wait to use the Super-Mash in this way too! It's really useful for hydrating at competitions as well and we'll be grateful of this with our very busy 2019 season coming up!
We really can't recommend this feed enough, we have horses ranging from 5 to 30 on it because it's so much more than a senior feed. We don't have many after pictures right now because the weather has been too nasty to get any good pictures but we will edit to add more soon!
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