What do we feed our Gypsies...
This is a very important part of our breeding program. I feed our broodmares proper nutrition, making sure they have more than enough to support themselves and the growing baby. I have tried a lot of feeds & supplements that are available to us in the Northwest. I have chosen to use Purina products. I have great results with them and we can get it just about anywhere. The constancy in the quality is spot on.
I also feed a product called DAC oil. This product has high vitamin E, which is essential to Gypsies.
We grow our own Orchard grass/Timothy blend along with local grass. We buy Central Oregon Alfalfa due to the high quaitly of the Alfalfa hay grown there.
We are proud to support Oakhurst Veterinary services for all of our equine needs. Oakhurst is one of the top in reproduction in the Northwest and we feel privileged to have them 20 minutes away!!
This is where the work begins if your prepared for the task. I have tried any product for horses that I hear people rave about, I have a shelf in my tackroom with lots and lots of bottles of shampoos and conditioners. I always go back to one product and this is what you will find in my grooming tote and wash rack, Mane-Ly. I love how the products work and it is easy to order and quick shipping. If you run into me at shows, ask for a free sample:)
Hydration, that is where getting white white starts. I gave up on bluing shampoos and now just use the Hydrate24 to combat the grim and keep manes, tails, and feather in the best condition I can.
Use code PARRETT when u checkout for a discount. This product also works wonders on our Mini Aussie. The hair polisher gets those nasty burs & knots out like a charm.
Health issues within the Gypsy breed
This is one heated debate in the Gypsy horse world.. Some fear this DNA marker like the plague, others who have done the research and talked with the qualified professionals realize that is is just that, a DNA marker. We use Etalon Diagnostics for all our color testing and this test is included in the report. We will not breed a single carrier to a carrier for the purpose of weaning our the marker in the Gypsy breed. There is no know fact that a single copy will affect a Gypsy. There is no solid proof out there. It is a serious problem in some breeds, but not in the Gypsies. I read up on it, follow the latest information and talk with educated people that have the qualification to back up their information. Like I say to anyone who ask's, I will take a single carrier with quality over a non carrier of below par breeding quality. Feeding a proper diet is essential regardless of PSSM status.
Scratches & Feather Mites:
Check back, currently working on this info.