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    08-04-2014, 04:17 AM
Definitely keep her weight coming! I thought my mare would be fine at a decent weight but as soon as she foaled and he began to nurse, her weight dropped TREMENDOUSLY and I am STILL trying to pull all her weight back to normal
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    08-04-2014, 08:29 AM
A lb of grain is far to little unless it is a ration balancer. You need to feed grain as recommended on the bag in order to get the necessary vitamin and mineral package into her. The mare care supplement adds to a current grain vit/min package but is not normally considered a stand alone. But you would need to refer to company. At 8-9 months I normally switch my mares from her general 4-8lbs of grain to a mare and foal grain and work to get her top normal weight. Most of my mares slow down eating the last month because they are so big and uncomfortable. And then they start losing weight rapidly once they are feeding the foal so I have to pour grain into them at that point. They are on free choice hay at all times.
    08-04-2014, 06:00 PM
Some pictures from today! 119 days!
Colly is currently at:
4 lbs beet pulp (soaked)
6 lbs alfalfa cubes (soaked)
4 lbs grain
8 oz Body Builder
2 tbsp MareKare
2 800 lb round bales to eat whenever
24/7 turnout
I think she is looking quite good though I want to put a bit more weight on her before winter.(And I still swear up and down her belly is getting noticeably bigger)
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    08-10-2014, 11:03 PM
Colly is at day 125!!! Where has the time gone?! I swear just yesterday I was bringing her home from the breeder's! I don't have any pictures today as my camera died but I have started "retraining" her. Mostly what we have been doing is ground work and she has been doing really well (better I expected). We have been working on flexing her neck cause she tends to brace against you when you ask her to bend but she has been flexing really well in her halter I just hope she is the same when we start working under saddle. :)
    08-11-2014, 08:20 PM
Ok so I got a few quick pictures of Colly today after our ride. Do you think she is looking better??
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    08-11-2014, 09:44 PM
I don't know. It's hard to tell. Do you know if she has any underlying issues that would make it hard for her to keep condition? I'm no expert, but it strikes me that in the middle of summer, with free access to grazing, you shouldn't have such a tough time keeping weight on her. If it's hard now, it will be 10 times harder when she's nursing. My mare gets fat off of air and is just right with a 4 month old foal. I wouldn't want her any thinner nor any fatter. You might have posted this before hand, but have you had her teeth looked at? Could she have something else that is making it difficult to maintain condition? Again, I'm no expert, and I know some horses are just hard keepers, but I am just curious.
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    08-11-2014, 11:00 PM
Her teeth were floated July 7th and the vet said they weren't even that bad. She was hard to keep weight on last summer too but in the winter months she picked up weight. There are no underlying conditions that I can think of she just happens to be one of those rare mustangs that are hard(or semi-hard in Colly's case) keepers
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    08-12-2014, 01:44 PM
Super fast metabolism that we all wish we had, right? I was just curious. I have the opposite problem with my mare, but it's turned out to be a blessing since she is now just right with a nursing foal. I'm sure if you keep feeding her the way you are, she'll start to gain.
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    08-16-2014, 10:36 PM
So Colly is at 131 days and I just got word from my grandma to pasture in part of the yard that is across the road so this week I will be fencing it in for Colly and Luna.
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    08-30-2014, 12:55 AM
Colly is at 144 days and though I haven't been able to pasture the area across the road from her due to personal reasons, I have been taking Colly across everyday for 1-2 hours at a time. Today though I put up a temp pasture and put her in it which she is thoroughly enjoying especially since there are tons of apples for her to eat as well as grass. We also rode a bit today and she got a nice sponge bath afterwards. I have also started her on Nutrena SafeChoice Mare + Foal in addition to her daily feed. Right now she is soo shiny and black that she looks like velvet and I love it though she is already getting a fuzzy winter coat :(
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