Personally, I wouldn’t use Platinum Performance for metabolic horses. I believe it contains glucosamine, which can cause issues for metabolic horses. HorseTech makes High Point grass in both a flax based powder or alfalfa based pellet. Try the flax powder first, since that could replace the PP and chia and it’s a little cheaper. If it doesn’t work, then try the pellet. Chia tends to be more expensive than flax. My horses get Omega Horseshine, since that’s the only one they like.
I use TC Premium Grass Forage as a supplement carrier and treat. Same with Ontario Dehy Timothy Balance Cubes. Some use beet pulp, soaked rinsed and soaked again, but that didn’t work well for my metabolic horses. All of mine love the Timothy cubes as treats.
Look into Platinum Metabolic Support. It’s probably the single most useful supplement I’ve tried for my metabolic horses.
FeedXL is a very useful tool to help you formulate a diet. They have a lot of supplements and feeds in their database. There’s a theory that keeping iron:copper:zinc:manganese ratios in a 4:1:3:3 balance and calcium:magnesium at 2:1 ratio helps with these metabolic horses. I’m not 100% sold on this, but it’s pretty quick and easy to calculate these ratios with FeedXL.
My experience is that EasyBoots are superior to SoftRides in terms of construction, comfort and customer service. I used the EasyBoot Transition and EasyBoot trail for my laminitic pony. I haven’t yet tried the new EasyBoot Cloud, but it looks like they fix all the flaws with SoftRide.[/QUOTE]
Sorry, I guess I shouldn’t have included the metabolic part. He was diagnosed with mild laminitis that’s due to diet (which means no rotation) and I just figured it was the same thing? The vet approved of the platinum performance and told me to continue feeding it to him. I originally became interested in the PP because it has biotin in it which seems to help his hooves. As for the chia seeds I have not yet started them but placed an order a few days ago. I read it’s a natural anti-inflammatory that can help fight ulcers & laminitis. The vet was concerned about ulcers and wanted me to start some type of preventive so I’m hoping the chia will help… But does flax have the same benefits? Thank you for your help!