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post #11 of 17 Old 10-28-2013, 01:05 PM
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She's beautiful! Look at that pretty color <3 And it looks like your grandson is having a great time.
Man, can she give some of her easy-keeper-ness to my gelding? xD

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-28-2013, 10:08 PM
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I second sharing the easy-keeper-ness! Ha. She looks bigger than 16, but looks like a super comfy ride.
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-31-2013, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ok sparkles is officially on her diet. She is off pasture and now locked up on dry lot. I am giving a nice flake of good blue grass hay twice a day. I can tell its going to be cutting down on hay. I only need to fill the cattle feeder once a day and they have left over hay in the morning.
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-25-2013, 10:58 AM
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awh, thanks for the pictures!
Glad you didn't end up selling her! she looks beaut-i-mous maximus!

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post #15 of 17 Old 12-25-2013, 10:14 PM
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Just be careful you don't cut her down too drastically.

Would like to see some after pics.
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-31-2013, 12:46 PM
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What a chunky, cute mare! Looking forward to seeing her when she is thinned down a bit.. She'll be gorgeous!
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-31-2013, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Debbiesgypsy View Post
Ok sparkles is officially on her diet. She is off pasture and now locked up on dry lot. I am giving a nice flake of good blue grass hay twice a day. I can tell its going to be cutting down on hay. I only need to fill the cattle feeder once a day and they have left over hay in the morning.

My fat little draft mare is just like Sparkles. The best way I found to help her was getting course, first cut hay, about 2 flakes, in a slow net, and 1 flake of good hay in the middle :P This kept her busy for a good while, but not overly nourished.
She was almost 1400lbs last summer, I just weight taped her at a beautiful 1275
Another thing that helped during the summer, but I can't in the winter, is soaking her hay - I would put 2 flakes in a clean muck bucket, fill with water, and drain+feed a few hours later. I always made the next feeding's hay after I fed one so it would have a good long time to soak. It washes out the extra sugar.
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