Originally Posted by Debbiesgypsy
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.