I’m processing samples today, which means I have periods of down time where I can’t leave the lab! So in between changing solutions, I’ve been looking around the internet things. I emailed the very nice people at Majesty’s Animal Nutrition about Chasteberry/Vitex wafers. They were kind enough to email me back within a few hours to let me know it was an idea they would look into (awesome!).
I’ve also been working on my ‘show guide’ which will go out with my horse show kits. In the process, I started looking at button down shirts at Sheplers. I have to say, I love their selection. Check out the pictures below of the shirts I really liked and that are available! Some were even on sale for around $15.00!
Horses are expensive no matter what but once you start down the path of supplements it can get outrageous. Not only does it get expensive, it gets confusing too. With the number of supplements out therefore one ailment alone it can seem overwhelming. Sometimes, for the sake of your pony, you have face the huge selection and make some choices. How to do it on a budget? That makes it even more of a task!
Here’s a couple of recommendations and tips to get you started:
- Ask around, find out what your trainer, friends and your other horse show companions recommend
- Ask your vet but don’t necessarily buy it from them. Even if it’s a prescription, vets can sometimes double the price of a product. Ask for a recommendation and if it is for a prescript (even for Bute and Banamine) ask if they will fax the prescription to a vet supply. It can save you up to 50%!
- Read online reviews, lots of them!
- Compare ingredients, there are many big name supplements that contain almost the exact same ingredients and measurements as more generic brands. Buying generic or store brand can save a lot!
- Trials, some companies offer trial items on things like joint supplements and hoof conditioners…use those to find which works best for you
- Buy in a larger bulk and store well when you find a product you really like. Buying in larger quantities can cost more initially but over the long run can save you a lot in shipping and general cost.
So, how have put these recommendations to use? Mostly through research and vet consultation. I already have Milo on a Majesty Flex Wafers which are great for his joints but not super heavy-duty (which he doesn’t need). This fall he will be going on two more supplements one for digestion and colic and the other for Cushings (which the vet and I have discussed he is showing beginning stages of).
Initially, I considered SmartPak for his 3 supplements as that is where I did a lot of my research, but to keep him on Majesty Flex and add Vitex Plus and U-Gard it would cost me $135.00 ever 28 days. That’s a price I just can’t afford. So, I did some looking around and came up with a solution that will cost me about half per month.
Milo will stay on his Flex Wafers bought from their regular source, and will add Balance EQ in place of Vitex Plus and Ration Plus in place of U-Gard. He will be getting the same supplement value at half the price! That’s something I can live with!
As promised, I’m updating on a few things currently happening.
I ordered and received a pair of Chap Inserts. So far, they seem pretty easy and aren’t noticeable. That being said, sometime during the winter while I cleaned the spare room and attempted chap making, I misplaced some important things.
- the conchos for the back of my chaps (I can’t find a single one out of 3!)
- The strap thing-a-ma-jig that buckles the front of my black chaps…I have no idea how this happened.
All, I know is there are random parts missing making it difficult for me to really try on my chaps. Not to mention, I still can’t really fit in my show pants. Ugh.
Beyond that missing stuff, I’m missing more stuff. I bought a bunch of crystals for my new red and black jacket and now cannot find 5 little bags of them. I think I’m going to have to order more, which I need to do anyway because I grossly miscalculated what I needed.
The truck is still in need of help it looks like around $500.00 worth of help. Thanks to it I’ve said good-bye to spring training and my tax refund. Woo Hoo!
But! I have gotten a few things. I decided to Milo on joint supplements since he’s so old now (16)! I’m just a worrier and he does need it. I’m trying out Majesty Flex Wafers. They’re treats with supplements in them! I liked the idea because I can control and know he’s getting the supplements and because he really loves treats! They’re not too badly priced considering the no-waste method. You can get them on sale here at amazon right now.
I also bought a DM Lifter Bit. I’ve been curious about these for a long time but never got around to buying one or trying it out. They’re kinda pricey at $100 but I was really, really interested! So far, Tango doesn’t really seem to care for it one way or another…it’s just another bit to her. Milo seemed really relaxed in it though. I guess I’ll wait and see.