Priscilla Riggs’ desire to develop a better kitty grass for her feline friend turned into a line of grasses suitable for all animals, including horses.
Jazzie was not a fan of commercial cat grasses, which typically consist of wheatgrass. So her owner, Priscilla Riggs, decided to develop and grow her own blend of grasses for her feline friend. Having grown up around horses, she was confident about her knowledge of different grains, and with Jazzie’s help created a custom blend of barley, rye, wheat and oats. With her kitty’s stamp of approval, Priscilla decided to market her cat grass to other pet owners, and Priscilla’s Pet Products was born.
That was over 20 years ago. Since then, the company’s product line has expanded to include grasses for a variety of both small and large animals, including horses, as well as catnip toys and other pet products. “The company started on my balcony at home until I was growing too many flats of grass,” says Priscilla. “I moved to a space near my home and continued to grow more and more flats as we serviced more locations. I then added the ‘dry’ products, which include our grass kits, catnip kits, planters, treats and toys. This year we launched our ‘grow your own’ live grass – a nutritional treat for horses.”
Grass For Horses
A few years ago, Priscilla returned to her equine roots by adopting Suzie Q, a Warmblood mare bred for Grand Prix jumping. Suzie had experienced a lengthy and successful career in the show ring, and was ready for a lighter workload. She was also in need of some rehabilitation and TLC following the strains and injuries that can come with a serious jumping career.
In addition to slowly re-conditioning Suzie, Priscilla put the mare on her Horse Grass Supplement, a blend just for equines made up of barley, rye, wheat and oats. The live supplement contains beneficial nutrients for horses, such as chlorophyll, antioxidant nutrients, vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, minerals (including calcium, iron, lecithin, magnesium, pantothenic acid), trace elements (such as phosphorus and potassium), protein (up to 30%), and a complete set of amino acids. Feeding a live grass supplement can be great for horses that don’t have access to pasture or are on the road at horse shows. It’s also excellent as a healthy treat.
At 22 years old, Suzie Q is now loving life as an active and healthy trail horse, and enjoys exploring the hills of California.
As a business, Priscilla’s takes a “green” approach to every aspect of the company and its products. All the grasses are sugar-free, 100% organic, and contain no GMOs. No pesticides are used, and the grasses are grown out in real sunshine, not in artificial light or hothouses. Homegrown and pet-approved, Priscilla’s live grass supplements are a healthy hit for horses as well as many other animals.