We rescued our wonderful mare, Star, nearly 13 years ago when she was 12 years old, suffering from the aftermath of terrible abuse, and pregnant. She’d been through some awful times (and has the scars to prove it), but was still wanting so much to love and trust. Horses are remarkable that way, aren’t they? She gave birth to her daughter, Nova, about three months after joining our family and they both still live in our pasture along with their sidekick, a miniature donkey named Bobby Sue.
Star has always been a sweet, loving girl. She calmly carries my husband, who has very little experience in the saddle, around the trails near our home and is gentle with our children and various other pets. More than anything, though, Star loves to be groomed. She gets a little pushy when I’m brushing one of the others, and will drape her head over their backs and stare at me in the hopes of luring me away. I’ve had horses all my life but none have loved grooming time as much as Star. Perhaps it’s because she was so deprived of love in her early years that the experience has taken on an almost spiritual quality for her. Our grooming sessions are incredibly special moments and one of the reasons I love her so very much. I adore watching her eyes close slowly and her lower lip start to droop a little. It’s as gratifying for me as it is for her, and over the years, this time together has become sacred.
And that’s why my heart sank when I noticed last summer that her ribs began to feel and look prominent. All my animals are on a regular worming program, and after the vet declared her healthy, we started upping her calorie intake. She had always been an easy keeper—her weight remained steady no matter the season—so we started slowly, first with a senior feed and then a weight-gain supplement mixed in. And she did gain weight, but she also developed chronic diarrhea. It would come and go, but was a persistent problem that concerned me. I’d had a Redmond Rock in my pasture for a couple years with great success, so when I heard about their Daily Gold supplement and its potential for helping horses with digestive issues, I jumped at the chance to incorporate it into Star’s diet.
After a couple of weeks, Star’s diarrhea began to dissipate. Every day, I’d walk around the pasture, dutifully checking for loose stools, and was relieved to see fewer and fewer every week. I’d been having to wash her hind end regularly to keep her clean, and that was no longer necessary. But something else happened, too: Her top line, the one part of her body that wasn’t picking up weight like it should, began to fill in. This surprised me, as I’d been so focused on her diarrhea that I hadn’t really considered how Daily Gold would impact Star in other ways. But it provided her aging digestive system with the extra boost it needed to return to optimal health, and as a result, take full advantage of the nutrients she was ingesting. She even sailed through our harsh Idaho winter without dropping an ounce, and emerged looking as healthy as ever.
Daily Gold transformed Star. It gave her body the help it needed, and ultimately brought my sweet senior girl back to full health. When I tell people she’s nearly 25, their jaws drop. She looks like a teenager again, and this mom is sleeping much better as a result.
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