SOS successespersil grass affected!

What SOS did for Dudley…

Dudley is a beautiful, very successful show pony who lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He had shown signs of being insulin resistant earlier this year and his diet was suitably adjusted but a few days after some vaccinations he became acutely laminitic.

The short story is that despite the best of care, soaking his hay and being on strong pain-killers nothing seemed to make any difference to Dudley. Neither vets nor farriers could understand why he wasn’t improving after nine weeks of doing everything right.

At this point Amanda contacted us and we recommended syringing in ½ scoop of SOS every 2-3 hours between 7.00am and 10.00pm. This was commenced on the Thursday and by Sunday Dudley was, to their astonishment after such a long time, walking normally.

Amanda has elaborated on Dudley’s story here and for those who may be struggling with laminitic equines, her experience may help.

Dudley weighs around 300kgs. For those people with larger horses or for those who aren’t sure what to do, please contact us for more information.


Dudley & Laminitis

"Well, I have no words as to how incredibly grateful I am to you both for your assistance and guidance with our dear boy. I started him on the SOS and ShipShape on the Thursday morning. As instructed, we were giving him the SOS every two hours from 7am through until 10pm.

For the first few days I didn’t really see much of a difference but didn’t think anything of it. Sunday morning I went to take our other two horses out of their stables and into their paddocks. For the first time in 9 weeks of being boxed up, Dudley whinnied out to them. At no point prior to this had he been at all interested in his stablemates not being near him. I thought ‘wow’ he must be starting to pick himself up a little bit.

On Sunday afternoon we had taken our other two horses down to the park near our house to work them. Dudley called out a couple of times but otherwise nothing else. When we arrived home we began our usual untack, hose down and into bed routine. It was just on dusk and as I was walking out of the stables to bring a pony in I thought I saw Dudley walking normally from his yard into his stable and then back out again. 

I called out to my husband and asked him to grab a halter and walk him out of his yard. He of course thought I was mad but did what I had asked. I literally could not believe my eyes, our beautiful boy was walking as though there wasn’t a thing wrong with him. He could turn which he had not been able to do for over 9 weeks. You cannot begin to imagine how I was feeling at this point in time!!!

The following Thursday was going to be pretty major for him with his first re-shoeing since all of this had happened. He had his heart bar shoes fitted under sedation and nerve blocking 5 weeks prior so this re-shoeing was going to be a real test for him. 
We were advised by both the vet and farrier to give him Bute the day before and then for 2 days after just to help keep any inflammation at bay due to the stress of having his feet tampered with. 
When the farrier came on the Thursday morning he could not believe the difference in him. He re-shod him with only a teeny bit of flinching, again we were all in shock. That afternoon he threw a tantrum with bucking etc in his yard (3mx3m) when we went to take the other horses away to work them. We only kept him on Bute the following day as we were fairly confident he was feeling a whole lot better.

Under the guidance of the vet we have started weaning him off the pain medication that he was on. It’s not something that he can go off cold turkey but we are half way there and everything is still progressing beautifully. Once he is off that completely we can then move him into a bigger yard so he will have the ability to walk around a lot more. We have the perfect yard for him and cannot wait for him to move into it. I don’t know that he’ll be all that impressed with the lack of grass but such is life now!!! He is eating normally again which is also fantastic.

I have told so many people about this miracle cure!!! I’m sure many of them are sceptical as was I but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that these products have saved our beautiful boy.
For that I will be eternally grateful!

Thank you again for all you help. You have no idea what it means to both myself and my family that our pony is almost back to his normal cheeky self!!

Kindest regards
Amanda Webb and Dudley xx"

When your horse turns into a ‘Fire-Breathing Dragon’...

A lot of people still don’t believe it but Lorna’s experience is not uncommon with the spring change in the grass. Be very careful when they are like this and don’t add confinement by tying them up or putting them in the horse-float and it would seem obvious not to try and ride them!

“I would not make it through spring without my AlleviateC SOS, which could not have been bettered named!!!

I arrived at the paddock a few days ago to a rearing, sweating so hard he was foaming, head shaking crazed thoroughbred !
Someone had stolen my adorable boy and put a ‘fire breathing stressed out dragon’ in his place.

I quickly abandoned bath time idea and went to get him some life-saving SOS powder instead, and he was back to normal that very same day with double dosing morning and evening. 

Relief doesn't cover it, he was dangerous to be around because he was so grass affected. I will never let myself run out again ❤️ (we always have your Premium Minerals and ToxDefy, but naively let the AlleviateC run out)”

We asked Lorna to elaborate and send a picture.

"The picture is where Charlie is eating and still wet and was taken the evening of day of the grass affected freak out - he was crazed in the morning and was so sweaty but it wasn't safe to try and keep him semi-still to try and hose him; he would have moments of sanity and would try really hard to follow his usual ground manner instructions, but he was shaky on his legs and like a coiled spring (more like a caged tiger actually) then he would lose the plot all over again with big rears and pawing and kicking. 

He had severe separation anxiety from his paddock mate that day, something he has never bothered at all about before as he is normally the dominant horse of the paddock. He was pacing and calling and rearing and galloping around and biting himself in the chest out of stress. When his paddock mate came back he stopped pacing as much but was still all over the place and was overly aggressive with his mate - still acting like a badly-behaved stallion rather than his usually charismatic gelding self.

I nipped up the road to the tack shop and got the AlleviateC SOS, and added a double dose to that morning's feed plus extra salt to be safe.

I wish I'd taken a video now to show before and after, because it really was two completely different horses in one day - an angry and scared stallion and then a calm gelding - but I was too upset at seeing him so distressed to think about it, all I was thinking was finding a way to calm him down and getting the SOS and extra salt into his system as soon as I could.

Thank you Calm Healthy Horses, from me and from Charlie, who is back to his normal charming and cheeky happy self. I originally stumbled across your website doing grass management research, and as a new horse owner I am so glad I did".
Lorna Douglas

Aspects of Pasture that can Adversely Affect Your Horse

For ‘Grass-Affected’ horses there is no one supplement that fixes all because there are multiple aspects of pasture that can adversely affect them.
And which one affects them can depend on the time of the year, what the weather is doing and what species of grass and its stage of growth.

· Mineral imbalances (worst in short green or lush green fertilized pastures)

· NFC (sugar & starch content, especially in high production grasses/clovers)

· Mycotoxins (especially in perennial rye-grass and regions/times of humidity)

· Fluorescing Pigments (especially in dark green plants like clover)

· Hormonally active compounds (Mainly in legumes like Lucerne & clover)

Understand there are a LOT of variables to be addressed but with over ten years experience under our belt we have learned that of them all, Mineral Imbalances have the most influence the majority of the time. This we know from the many Forage Analyses we have conducted over the years of grass or hay consumed by horses with various issues.

Dairy pasture (fertilized rye-grass & clover) causes serious issues because it can be potent in all of them at the same time! Such grass is very harmful to your horse’s health and it is much easier to remove that grass from their diet and feed suitable hay than risk the health of your horse and injury to yourself.

What does work well is to feed horses as close to how they are designed to be fed as you can possibly manage. Minimize access to the ‘Green Carpet’ (short, green or lush green), feed plenty of nice mature grass as hay to keep the flora in the hind-gut happy, feed a hard-feed every day with added salt and our top quality Premium vitamins & minerals.
If your grass becomes more of a problem and you are experiencing the signs your horse is not coping then we have products like GrazeEzy & SOS that can help your horse to function normally under the circumstances. Bear in mind the larger the horse the more you have to feed to make a difference. Large horses have proportionately larger requirements.

Most of us are in the same boat – we only have a ‘postage stamp’ sized block of land on which to grow grass for our horses. Inevitably it ends up as a Green Carpet unless we have options (eg Tracks and/or dry Lots) which enable us to allow the remaining grass areas to mature more before grazing.

If your horse does have issues due to his pasture grass then deleting the following from his diet is Step One to lessen his load.

(They are all potassium-rich plus the first three are high in starches & sugars)

· All clover (this may mean spraying out with a broadleaf spray)

· Molasses

· ‘Complete feeds’ that contain molasses, soy, Lucerne or extruded grains

· Lucerne

· Soy

· Seaweed/kelp

For the most serious issues such as laminitis or head-flicking the horse needs to be, at least temporarily removed from all green grass as well.

PIC: Little Sushi was affected by a chronic lack of salt, Mineral Imbalances plus sugar /starch content of the short Green Carpet she lived on. The first photo is the day we met her and the second taken about 6 months after rehabbing at MiniHaHa.