So a few days I posted a video on Instagram of me making my grand prix horse, Triviant's, mash! A lot of you guys were curious about the recipe and I am more than happy to share with you what my approach is with making his mash and what supplements i choose etc. I hope its helpful and maybe something I give to Trivi is interesting for you and your horses! After all, i'm just trying to spoil my horse and allow him to be as comfortable and healthy as possible.
Super Power Mash Recipe
Mash base- I either use a premixed oat-free mash like Red Mills Bran Mash, or KRAFFT sensitive mash. However, when an oat-free mash is unavailable to you, no horse has turned their muzzle up at a good old beet pulp+alfalfa cube mash concoction!
Joints- one of the staples to Trivi's mash is a quality joint supplement. For horses in intense training, competition or senior horses, a joint supplement added is fantastic if funds can afford it! I currently don't have a brand i religiously use however here in the images in the post i show the one i am currently giving Trivi. Some important factors to look for in a joint supplement- try to get as close as possible to 10,000 mg MSM, look for something with little to no fillers, and find something with glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, and hyaluronic acid to cover your bases. The one in the photo is from NAF and is their Superflex Senior.
Ouchies- Everyone and every horse will get sore now and then, especially the sport horses in full training. As they're building muscle and getting stronger, I like to have on hand something for stiffness pain as well as something for muscle pain/cramps. In the image you'll see that after todays ride I chose to use Kentucky Equine Research's Nano.E. (i give about 12 ml- 20 ml a day). to prevent muscles cramps and stiffness. I also used The Holistic Horse Signature Series "Bjute" which is a beautiful blend of herbs, including the amazing Turmeric, which has been carefully grown, selected and measured to aid in joint pain and stiffness and general soreness.
Electrolytes- since we're in Florida, the horses sweat so much even on their days off! There's not a whole lot i can do to help this however the best things is to offer lots of water, a hanging salt block and some high quality, filler and sugar free electrolyte supplement!
Stomach- depending on how much stress Trivi is undergoing will determine what and how much I give him. Since life is pretty chill right now for the prince, he just needs something to maintain his stomach and soothe his digestive tract. In this mash (and pretty much all mashes) I give about 40ml of Inner fillet Aloe Vera juice twice a day. Side note: this is also incredible for humans!!
Aside from the aloe, I give him something called “Equiotic” which is basically a probiotic for horses that is gentle yet maintains the microorganisms in their belly to help their digest. It’s like a shot of yogurt basically or kombucha.
Holistic tinctures- so in the AM and PM Trivi gets 3 pumps of a wonderful herbal tincture called The Balancing Tonic. Herbs are actually loved by horses and something they would normally get if they were grazing in high quality grass. Unfortunately that remains to be just a dream for most of us in places like Florida where it’s too hot, humid and wet. So Trivi gets a blend of herbs from Silver Lining Herbs (right now he’s on the “maintenance” blend but sometimes he gets the “kidney support” blend). I really try and read and study the herbs so that I can make sure he is getting everything I want him to get from nature. We also use a herbal blend for his nerves (see below). Sidenote: if you are showing USEF shows do be aware that a lot of the herbs are on the prohibited list so do your research or ask your vet. For FEI they have a really easy to use substance database where you can just input what you're unsure is allowed or not and it will tell you. For example Devils Claw and Valerian are on the FEI list.
Another great holistic ingredient everyone has access to is apple cider vinegar! This is so great for so many things. Some of the benefits include joint support, insect deterrent, detoxifier, immune system booster etc! It’s a great all round staple that every horse and barn can benefit from!
Nerves/calming- so Trivi doesn’t get anymore calming supplements and hasn’t for more than 6 months. Instead he gets an interesting blend of herbs from Arenus health (the makers of sore no more) called Relax blend (make sure you get the Valerian free one if you plan on competing). It has blue vervain, hops and chamomile to relax the nerves, produce happy vibes in his brain, relax the body, soothe the stomachs and basically encourage a more positive, happy disposition rather than a sedation effect a lot of the other stronger calming supplements give. I swear those strong calming supplements make the horses feel like their so drunk and out of touch with their body and from personal experience, that is a feeling I would not like to have and certainly wouldn’t be able to perform on! Of course everyone is different and maybe your horses need stronger things, but I love that he is chill and focused without losing quickness or spark in his work!
So there you have a little look into Trivi's super power mash! Like I mentioned before, it is always being tweaked based on how he is feeling and what is happening in those weeks which i think is also a very important point. Take notice of your horse, how he is feeling and how he is managing different things and make tweaks based on him/her. At the end of the day, we all want happy, healthy horses!
BY THE WAY, a lot of you have been writing and asking why i dont have a YouTube channel! You all are so sweet and I have thought about it! Its a little nerve-wrecking but im looking into it and researching what i need to do to make sure that if i go ahead with it, it will be great for everyone! In the meantime, what would I even call it?!?! <3
Photos by: Farah Butt Photography
Ellesse Jordan Tzinberg
International Grand Prix dressage rider, dressage for showjumpers trainer, boarding and sales, online lessons