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thinking about what food does to you....

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

this is bud. he injured himself a couple months ago and he has caused me to think even more deeply about nutrients and how important what we ingest is.

normally, in the winter, i only feed him hay and some treats like a couple carrots or apples. but, he injured himself and needed bute (an NSAID) which is a powder that you mix in with their feed. so, he needed it 2x a day and i mixed each serving into 1 pd of COB (corn, oats, bran ). so he was getting 2 pds a day for a 1200 pd horse. that doesn't seem like alot to me. but after 3 weeks, he was a demon. he wasn't allowed to do anything, so, he was rearing up and down in the crossties. i almost got my head kicked off while brushing him.....holy smokes, he was just absurd.

so, i stopped feeding him the COB and although he is back on stall rest and drugs, i now mix his drugs in a cool calorie feed. he is his normal sweet self and i'm sure stall rest is alot easier when you don't want to explode out of your skin.

that's a pretty black and white view into how nutrients and food affect us all. it certainly doesn't matter if you're a horse or a human, how you feel is based on what you eat.

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    Certainly, diet is the preferred treatment for many problems, and drugs tend to be prescribed even when a diet change would do the trick.
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    Beautiful horse
    2696 days ago
    Thanks for posting this - what a great reminder. What we put in our bodies matters.

    Aside from whatever bio-chemical alchemy is going on in the brain that is directly linked to what we eat, think about how chronic inflammation could impact mood.

    I am definitely less cranky and less susceptible to mood variations since removing most inflammatory foods from my diet.

    Just ask my kids and GF.
    2696 days ago
    I have stopped feeding COB since I know what high-carb can do plus the corn is GMO. Until recently I occasionally hand-fed my horse one cup of oats. I even stopped that several months ago. It's just not worth the risk. For a great GMO-free horse treat we add freshly ground flax seed to our horse's vitamins to make them more palatable.
    My dogs are on an almost grain-free diet (still get some rice), too. Two of them had ADHD-type behaviors when they still ate more grain.
    I'm always amazed how well many horses tolerate box stall confinement given that they are herd animals who are meant to move all day. Of course many others don't tolerate it and start eating the walls.
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  • LEW0213
    Excellent comparison!!
    2696 days ago
    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this. I've had an idea that food can play havoc on the body, but this sure is proof! I'm in the beginning stages of this no-wheat and even tho I'm probably not sensitive to it - knowingly - I think it will really help me in the longrun. I have alot of reading to do!!!
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