I just love this smart boy!!!
This mare is a unicorn 🦄 Owned by my friend and trainer AmyandJonathan Smith at Future Performance Horses.
Cash’s second time on the lunge line. Such a good boy!!!!
Sorry but I had to point out the obvious 😂😂😂
It’s been all about the laterals this past few weeks! I’d say she’s killin it 🤩
Kissin for Cash has got some A$$ 😂😱💋💵
The winds of change are blowing here at DPH. I’ve decided to take a step back from breeding to sell our farm and build a new home. While it pains me to let go of my cherished broodmares, I could not be more happy that Kristy and Dean Goodall believed in them enough to drive to AL from ND to purchase them both and give them wonderful homes. Since day one, I’ve felt a kindred connection to Kristy and how we share the same vision for the future of the QH. I’m excited to see Harley’s legacy live out through my beautiful girls! Thank you so much for making this life change so much easier. I can sleep well knowing they are in your talented and capable hands! 💙💙💙
My beautiful Queen! 👑
Kissin For Cash💋💵
Cash man has made it 5 whole days without momma and did it without any real fits and without an accident 🙌
This gorgeous bay roan c**t would make a very nice stud prospect. Imagine the marketing campaign!
Little miss Alley Mae got her first trim. She did amazing and has such a good mind. Just look at that gorgeous roan coat coming in! Ohhh She’s Fancy!!! 🤩
Kissin for Cash 2022 stud prospect.
Kissin for Cash 💋💵 is a gorgeous bay roan c**t by KTG out of our own daughter of RLBS. This guy is built the way they should be. Would make a nice stud prospect. His sister is already killing it in the show pen! 5 panel neg.
Good girl AnnaMae!!!
3rd time was a charm in this case! So glad I gave it one more try! Miss Lexi is successfully in foal to Ment to Be (son of 2 million dollar sire Machine Made). Lexi is an own daughter of RL Best of Sudden. This should be a fabulous cross! Miss Lexi loves to let the roan shine through 🙌 2022 bay roan cold is available first week of July. Foal sells in utero if interested. PM for details.
I’m excited to share that Miss Ivey Sue is back in foal to the late 5x World Champion stallion VS Goodall in Blue 🙌 Vet said he’d never seen such good frozen semen and she took first try!!!! 🎉 This cross produced the gorgeous roan filly at her side… she has hands down the nicest lope I’ve ever seen on a baby. Definitely crossing these two till all the straws are gone!
What a lope is supposed to look like 🤩
Now if we could just get her to stay on the rail and not break her gaits during the class 😂
Miss Anna is getting there. So proud of her progress 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
I want to give a huge shout out to our Music and her people for doing so amazing at their first show! She was the champion and I couldn’t be more proud!
***Full sibling bay roan c**t is available
Little Ally Mae sure is blossoming! She is perfect in every way!!! Her color and dna test is on its way to confirm, but now that tiny pieces of foal coat are coming out, I’d say she is a brown roan 🤩😍 Praying homozygous 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
My Queen getting ready for The Lucky 7 🤩
SOLD! Congratulations Devon Mccormick !
By the late 5x world champion stallion “VS Goodall in Blue” this boy is super talented and would make a fabulous all arounder that obviously excels in the Hunter Jumpers and HUS. Show this one all day!!! Super calm and willing disposition. He baths, loads, hauls, leads, lunges, does in hand trail, stands and squares up nicely…. AND he loves to jump!!! 😱 What more could you ask for??? Reasonably priced and Available to show home only. 6️⃣5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ OBO 💙
I literally drove around town hunting the FedEx guy and I found him at Moe’s 😂
It’s Ment to Be 🙌
Technically less than 2 months old…. Look at this handsome boy doing all the big boy things! 💋💵
Susan Beatty Carpenter
Update: Sold in less than 24 hours 😱
Only 15 hours old and this girl has a 10+ lope 😱😱😱
I think we have a nic my friends 🤩❤️
Please welcome a perfect little bay roan filly by the late VS Goodall in Blue out of My Two Weeks Notice (daughter of late MFN) 🥰🙌❤️
We are ready when you are Miss Ivey Sue 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️
We said farewell to our Music today… It’s bitter sweet as always, but we are so excited to see what her and Carole Mason do together in their bright future 🤩🎶
This mare keeps getting better and better! She’s definitely the kind that makes you earn it, but once you do, she’s all in 🤩👑
Queen of Suggestions 👑
VS Goodall in Blue baby belly ❤️
Look at that Harley baby! We are in the home stretch now 🙏🏻❤️🙌
Good Hot N Krymsun
This is Ivey’s 2021 son by OHK. Nancy Conley purchased him. This is her grandson working him on the line preparing for this years show season. I absolutely loved this c**t and could not be happier with this partnership.
Please welcome “Kissin for Cash” aka Cash to Dyer Performance Horses. He is a bay roan c**t, born 3-2-22. He is by “Kissin the Girls” out of our own daughter of “RL Best of Sudden”.
Susan Beatty Carpenter
Shout out to Christine Weber Ferro for starting miss Georgia all on her own. I’m a huge advocate for putting all the basics on your babies before you send them off for higher education, and she is doing a great job with her!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Georgia was our 2020 filly by Kissin the Girls out of a daughter of Certain Potential.
2022 in utero foal - My Two Weeks Notice x VS Goodall In Blue
Love that lope Ms. Ivey has. That belly! 😂❤️
Finally starting to show!!! 322 days in foal today! Gosh I love this mare! Only by the Grace of God is she still standing and walking sound 🙌🙌🙌
KM Rockin My Best is by RL Best of Sudden, and out of an own daughter of Zippo Jack Bar. (Bred by The Mastersons). She is in foal to WC stallion Kissin the Girls, who is an own son of OpenRange and out of BC Truely Impressive. She is 315 days today. ⏰
Mare is not for sale. Message me if interested in her 2022 foal.
Susan Beatty Carpenter
Let the count down begin! Last year was her maiden foal that she held for 352 days! I’m thinking this one won’t be held hostage quite as long. Give me 2 more weeks Lex 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Queen of Suggestions
Music loping in the snow
Music enjoying the snow ❤️🎶
Sold. Full sibling due Feb 28. PM for details.
Coming yearling filly “All About Da Bass” aka Music
KM Rockin My Best(RLBS) x Kissin The Girls.
Worked with daily and started on the lunge line. This filly is as flat as they come. Growing correct and balanced. She has an adorable disposition and is willing to please. Leads, loads, stands for the farrier, baths and clips. Lowers her head into the halter. 😱❤️ Not one single mark on her coat. She is flawless 💎💎💎
Available to approved show home only. I’d love to see her go to someone looking for a lunge liner. I absolutely adore this filly. I’ve been on the fence about letting her go, but would consider to the right home. 1️⃣0️⃣K. Video coming soon.
We have a longgg way to go in working on a solid partnership, but I am willing to work and so is she! Very happy with my decision to buy this phenomenal mare ❤️❤️❤️
Last years foal was a gorgeous bay roan filly. This mare is one in a million. PM for more details and to get on the list if and when this baby goes up for sale.
I’m very excited about this re-breed! Due end of Feb, early March. This cross produced a gorgeous bay roan filly last spring that I decided to keep.
PM if you would like to get on the list for this exceptional foal.
I’m obsessed with this mare!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Our own daughter of the late “My Final Notice” is heavy in foal to 5x World Champion “VS Goodall in Blue”. We are full of anticipation and praying for an elusive blue homozygous roan 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 This cross could do it folks! Get on the list now for updates. DNA color testing will be done prior to sale and will be priced accordingly.
What is the longest a horse can safely go without food?
More and more I see horses and ponies stood for long periods of time with no hay or haylage. Usually under the guise of a “weight control diet”. So how long can a horse be without food before damage is done? And what damage is done?
For those with a short attention span, I’ll give you the answer to begin with - 4 hours, maximum.
Horses are grazers. They are designed to eat constantly. They have no way of storing their acids and digestive enzymes, they’ve never needed to. They have no gall bladder to store bile and their stomachs release acid constantly, whether or not there is food in the stomach and intestines.
A horses stomach only holds approximately 8-15 litres. Depending on the substance eaten, it takes on average 4-6 hours for the stomach to completely empty. After this, the acids and enzymes start to digest the inside of the horses stomach and then the intestines. This causes both gastric and intestinal ulceration. It has been estimated that 25-50% of foals and 60-90% of adult horses suffer from ulceration. But I won’t go into detail about this, there is a lot of information around about ulcers.
So is that it? Are ulcers the only concern?
No, having an empty stomach is a stress situation for a horse. The longer they are starved, the more they release stress hormones, cortisol predominantly. Cortisol blocks insulin and causes a constantly high blood glucose level. This stimulates the body to release even more insulin, and in turn this causes fat tissue to be deposited and leptin resistance. Over time this causes insulin resistance (Equine Metabolic Syndrome). All of these mechanisms are well known risk factors for laminitis and are caused by short term starvation (starting roughly 3-4 hours after the stomach empties). Starving a laminitic is literally the worst thing you can do. Over longer periods, this also starts to affect muscle and can cause weakness, and a lack of stamina so performance horses also need a constant supply of hay/haylage to function optimally.
Let’s not forget horses are living, breathing and feeling animals. We talk about this stress reaction like it’s just internal but the horse is well aware of this stress. Door kicking, box walking, barging and many other stable vices and poor behaviour can be explained by a very stressed horse due to food deprivation (we all have that Hangry friend to explain this reaction). Next time you shout or hit a horse that dives for their net, remember their body is genuinely telling them they are going to starve to death. They know no different.
But surely they spend the night asleep so they wouldn’t eat anyway?
Not true. Horses only need 20mins REM sleep every 24 hours (jealous? I am!). They may spend a further hour or so dozing but up to 22-23 hours a day are spent eating. So if you leave your horse a net at 5pm and it’s gone by 8pm, then by 12am their stomach is empty. By 4am they are entering starvation mode. By their next feed at 8am, they are extremely stressed, physically and mentally.
Now I know the cob owners are reading this mortified. I can almost hear you shouting at your screen “if I feed my horse ad lib hay he won’t fit out the stable door in a week!!”
I will say that a horse with a constant supply of hay/haylage will eat far less then the same horse that is intermittently starved. They don’t eat in a frenzy, reducing the chance of colic from both ulcers and over eating. Cobs included.
However I’m not suggesting you sit your cob in front of a bale of haylage and say have at it! There is a difference between ad lib and a constant supply. There is much we can do to reduce calorie intake and control weight whilst feeding a constant supply.
The easiest is small holes nets. There are many. Trickle nets, greedy feeders, nibbleze, trawler nets etc. My personal favourite is the Shires Soft Mesh 1”. They don’t cost the Earth, they are easy to fill and they don’t have knots so are much gentler to the teeth. Now often I suggest these types of nets to owners and the owner tells me “Oh no, *** won’t eat out of those” 🙄 this is nonsense. If he was left it, he would. Remember, you can give a normal net and one of these for them to nibble at after. Better than leaving them with nothing at all.
A few other tricks, hang the net from the ceiling/rafters, it’s harder to eat out of a net that swings. Soak the hay, a minimum of 4 hours to be effective. Mix with straw but be sure to introduce the straw slowly and make sure it’s top quality and a palatable type eg Barley or Oat, otherwise they won’t eat it.
Don’t forget exercise. The best way to get weight off a horse is exercise. Enough exercise and they can eat what they want!
And lay off the bucket feed and treats! Horses on a diet require a vit/min supplement in the form of a balancer but that’s it. The odd slice of carrot or swede won’t do any harm but no licks, treats, treacle, molasses, cereal based rubbish. Even if it says low sugar or the marvellously misleading “No added sugar”! Your horse would rather have a constant supply of hay, I promise.
Written by Vikki Fowler BVetMed BAEDT MRCVS
A few edits for the critics-
Firstly, feeding a constant supply does not mean ad lib feeding. It means use some ingenuity and spread the recommended amount of daily forage so the horse is never stood with out food for more than 4 hours. I am not promoting obesity, quite the opposite, feeding like this reduces obesity and IR. This can be done whilst feeding your horse twice a day as most horse owners do. Just think outside the box for your own situation.
Secondly I am in the UK and this post is UK specific, use some common sense when reading. Yes in warmer climates, soaking hay for 4 hours is dangerous and studies show 1 hour is plenty in hot weather but in the UK’s arctic climate, a minimum of 4 hours is required. Equally the UK feed exclusively grass hay. I can not comment on other types.
Thirdly, yes every horse/pony and situation is different, but this is a law of nature and all horses have this anatomy and metabolism. How you achieve this constant supply is individual, the need for it is not.
Fourthly, the use of hay nets in the UK is very very high. I’d estimate 95% of horses I see are fed this way and very very few have incisor wear or neck/back issues as a result. Yes, feeding from the ground is ideal, but a constant supply, I feel trumps this. Again with ingenuity both can be safely achieved.
Finally, straw can be fed to horses safely, introduced very slowly, with fresh water always available, plus a palatable and digestible type of straw which will depend on your area. Again many horses in the UK are bedded on straw and most of them eat it. This is not a new concept to us.
Final finally 🤦♀️ and I feel I must add this due to the sheer number of people contacting me to ask, feed your horses during transport!!! I am astonished this is not normal in other countries! Again in the UK, we give our horses hay nets to transport. We don’t go 10 mins up the road without a haynet and a spare in case they finish! Considering we are a tiny island and we rarely transport even 4 hours, we never transport without hay available. I have never seen an episode of choke due to travelling with hay available. If you are concerned, use a slow feeder net so they can’t take too much in at once.
If you get to the end of this post and your first thought is “I can’t do this with my horse/pony, they’d be morbidly obese”, you haven’t read the advice in this post thoroughly.