The main natural source of vitamin D is the ultra-violate rays of the sun and sometimes we run a little short of sun here in the northwest, so that makes it more important than ever to supply adequate vitamin D. Sun cured hay does supply some, but the best source is fish oils and irradiated yeast. Shortage of D can cause rickets, weak bones, teeth, and retarded growth. If pregnant mares are short of the vitamin, the foals may be born weak, possibly with rickets or malformed.
The most important vitamins and minerals for the health and maintenance of horses are A-D-B-E-K, calcium, phosphorous, salt, and many trace minerals. Many of the trace minerals are available in salt.
Vitamin A is the most important to the health of your horse. It is essential to the digestive, respiratory, reproductive, and nervous systems and also to sight, skin, hoof growth, appetite, milk production, [and] fighting infections and disease. In other words, just about everything essential to maintain life and health.
After breeding, raising, training, and shoeing horses most of my life, I have come to the conclusion that the horse is like the American people, "well fed, but drastically undernourished."
For the past twenty-five years I have researched and experimented with feeds and feeding. Many of my observations and conclusions have been confirmed in the many articles written recently about horse nutrition in several leading magazines.
Some of you long-time customers will remember the days when we were based in Redmond, WA. My late husband, Bud Wrona, mainly operated the business then and I helped him out. He also wrote articles for the local paper, in a column titled Off the Hoof, to help educate the community on, mainly, the proper care and feeding of horses.
I don't know why, but I saved many of these articles -- kept them neatly packed in a box and stored in an out-of-the-way place. In fact, they had been so much out of the way that I had nearly forgotten about them. It was only as part of my effort to get our website built that I remembered and uncovered them.
For over 50 years we have enjoyed helping the local community raise the healthiest animals by providing you with quality feeds. The entirety of our business operations have been conducted offline. I understand that you, my customers, are increasingly moving towards online shopping and so I am working to keep up.
I recently took a big step in this direction with the publishing of this website. Online commerce is fairly new to me and this website has been a big project. I hope it helps me better serve you by providing information and shopping resources to make it easier for you to order and keep your animals well-fed.
Since this is a new endeavor for me , I'm sure there improvements that can be made. Please be sure to let me know if you have suggestions for what I can do to improve your shopping experience. You can leave a comment down below or send me a message.
See you soon at Wrona's Feed Company!