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Thank you!

Just wanted to share this. Received today .. just moments ago. It truly does warm my heart! …

ME: The BEST supplement for hooves is 1. as much movement the horse can get in a 24/7 period of time and 2. RAW FORAGE … supplement 24/7 hay/grazing with fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds. THAT feeds the immune system and will strengthen new hoof growth like you’ve never seen before!

LAURA O: I learned this from you 20 years ago, Gwen and since then I’ve grown a garden just for them every year. Also, as part of the movement plan/rehab, we go for walks or I gather things to feed them. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence and have realized that horses really do love new ground! It’s done wonders for Promenade Walks as well. I’ll start off with coaxing and discomfort and I’ll be thinking enough, maybe we should go back, but then I get 200’ down the road, the ears prick forward, the heel first landings begin and suddenly I’m being dragged forward. With a balanced diet, the trees are no longer getting chewed on any more either. No composting bin needed either. The veggie trimmings that are safe, go straight to the barn. I’ll do a hay test every year, but that’s just a small part of it. What I don’t know, they tell me

Basic Diet for the Healthy Horse


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Please note – this is for EDUCATIONAL purposes only and NOT to replace your veterinarian’s advice.

The ingredients listed are for the BASIC DIET for the HEALTHY HORSE … it is NOT inclusive of specific, dietary and nutritional needs for an unwell horse. Individual consult for such a situation for the unwell horses should be obtained.

Call (239)-573-9687 or email to: gwen.santagate@gmail.com for a full, private consultation from PENZANCE.

TO BE FED ONCE A DAY ONLY, any time … can be two or 3 times a week for the ‘easy keeper’ :


• FREE CHOICE 1ST CUT good quality HAY
• GRAZING as afforded on NON-ENHANCED pastures … an old field that is free of any chemical enhancements or herbicides with 100’s of weeds, flowers, shrubs, etc. is ideal
• FREE CHOICE Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
• 2 oz. of RAW, CHELATED MINERALS a day.

• RAW, ORGANIC VEGETABLES, FRUITS, NUTS, SEEDS: (1/2 quantities for ponies)
o 1 Apple
o 1 Orange
o 1 Banana
o 2 Yams (otherwise called ‘sweet potatoes’ in many stores – they’re orange in color)
o 3 – 4 Carrots
o 1 cup of dried, organic, unsweetened coconut chips (www.nuts.com is a good source)
o Handful of sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, mung bean, spinach, or any mixed sprouts)
o 2 Handfuls of Spring Greens OR Spinach OR Kale
o ¼ Coconut or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or other COLD-PRESSED Organic Oil)
o Handful of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
o Handful of Pumpkin Seeds
o Handful of Flax seed or Chia seed (Can be left whole; no need to grind)
o 2 oz. of RAW, CHELATED Minerals (Can be purchased from PENZANCE or other sources)
o Quick “Glug” of organic Apple Cider Vinegar
(with the “Mother” in it. BRAGG’S is a good brand)

Cut up the fruits and vegetables into bite-sized chunks with skin, peels and seeds but NO PITS. Mix with the seeds and oils and vinegars and ‘serve’.

A personal consult is strongly suggested for a horse with health issues as the ‘diet’ will differ from the base diet for a healthy horse. gwen.santagate@gmail.com or (239) 573-9687.