Originally Posted by StellaIW
Yes, of course it can go well. But why compare your horse to a starved rescue horse? That's one extreme situation, and not one you should ever put a pregnant horse in, even if it might go well.
I certainly wasn't comparing my horse to a rescue horse...lol. I was commenting on your generalized statement that pregnant mares can't bulk back up after their ribs show. I have seen evidence that is contradictory hence the disagreeing.
Originally Posted by Faceman
You should not be in a position to "up" her hay - she should have free choice hay.
In the pasture it isn't possible to do free-choice. They have covered areas out there,but they don't have completely closed sides...and when it rains here it pours. And it rains/snows/sleet/hail OFTEN. And it is usually going sideways and every which way...lol. So free choice hay in the pasture would get wet,wasted,and unsafe very quickly.
I did decide to start stalling her at night so she WILL have free-fed grass hay all night in there. She also gets several flakes of Timothy hay and about 5+LB. Of alfalfa a day on top of the LMF Development and about 1/2-3/4 of a 5 gallon bucket of soaked beet pulp. She is also on a (can't remember for sure) 6 or 8 acre pasture with plenty of green "munching grass" as well.
Thanks for the tips everyone...I want to do the best. And since this is my first its a learning experience and I am happy to learn/glean tips from others.
Will post new pics soon :)