Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Washington State
While I do agree that my horse is thin, I have to respectfully disagree on how thin, based on advice from my vet. She has an old stifle injury as well as some possible arthritis and having extra weight is detrimental to both of those. She had her teeth done mid-February, and came through with flying colors, and is current on worming (she's due at the end of next month).
My mare is most definitely a hard keeper in the winter and we keep her in a heavy weight full-neck blanket, as well as feeding her 10+ lbs of alfalfa hay, 5+ lbs of alfalfa pellets, 5-10 lbs of local grass hay, as well as 2 oz. of Cool Calories daily, in addition to being on pasture 24/7. And as our grass has been coming in, she has begun walking away from her feed, which, according to my vet is a good thing due to how she balloons up on grass alone by mid-spring.
Unfortunately, due to weather we weren't able to ride much during the winter, so she is definitely lacking in the muscle department - which doesn't help anything.
I'm definitely willing to post pictures in a couple weeks to show her progress weight/muscle wise if anyone wants them. :)
AiresMum: Actually she hasn't had a bath since August, I'm just crafty with a curry comb... even if the shedding blade was STILL getting more dirt than hair after a full grooming - and there was a fair bit of hair coming off. ;)