Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wide Open North Dakota, USA
Keeping the weight on mare
Ok so most people on here know that Hunny popped a month and a week ago. But for the life of me I CANNOT keep weight on her. I am no lie feeding her about 40 lbs of grass hay a day (if not more), putting her out to graze for about an hour a day, and feeding her about 7 lbs of feed a day. She is drinking water just fine, but it seems like she is barely gaining anything even though I am feeding her so much! She also gets 2 lbs of alfalfa every other day because the alfalfa is basically all leaves and crumbles in your hands because it is in such good condition. But Sugar is just sucking alllll of the calories out of Hunny and it worries me! Sugar is huge already, and has grown probably about 6-8 inches since she was born. She can barely nurse at this point because she has to crane her neck to much to suck. But Hunny is just looking blech. I am really worried about her. Is there something else I can do?
Her feed mixture is 2 lbs beet pulp, 5 lbs of First Choice, half cup of oil (for shine), and a tbs of paprika for coat color.
The hay is good grass hay, she gets about 25-30 lbs in the morning, and then another 10-15 lbs in the evening. She also grazes in the evening. I can't have her out to graze all day because there isn't a pen, we just take the horses out and I clip a lunge line to her halter so she has a lot of rope to graze around. The grazing grass is knee high fresh green spring grass.
I haven't been exercising her besides small walks to the grazing area and then letting her graze and walk around. I let her out into the arena to roll and run as she pleases but besides that I am not exercising her for fear of burning to many calories.
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