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post #31 of 251 Old 06-08-2013, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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That is good MyBrandy.I won't feed my horse too much because it she can colic on the feed.1 1/2lbs of rice bran 2 times a day,1lbs of triple C 2 times per day,and 5lbs of a of hay per day.I can't see her ribs much and that's a good thing that means she is putting on weight.She sometimes eats dirt and that's a big no no.I'm trying my best with my horse.I will discuss what happened yesterday in another category because it would not be appropriate for me to discuss it in this thread.It is believed that Barbie is part Arabian because she has a thick neck.I love my horse and want to the right thing.
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post #32 of 251 Old 06-08-2013, 03:38 PM
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If it is the horse in the picture in your first post, that neck is NOT thick. And she is NOT TWH? But she is a cross? And from your posts in your other thread you think she is ready to ride? I sure wouldn't if she were mine.

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She may be gradually eased into feeding more feed, but she really needs more roughage.. the soaked hay cubes really work well, they keep the horse hydrated and make the meal more appetizing - If she likes rice bran - mix it in - she is familiar with the scent - she will dive right in :) You don't have to do straight alfalfa cubes, you can get timothy hay cubes in your feed store, just soak them in luke warm water for 1/2 hour, add in the rice bran and stir - start with small amount of the cubes.. I used this recipe for the winter (with no grain) - it keeps them hydrated and it's lots of roughage so it keeps the gut moving. If she eats dirt you might want to use "Sand Clear" product because she is most likely ingesting sand which will lead to colic sooner or later :(
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If she is eating dirt or mud it may be because she is lacking some mineral. Buy her a salt/mineral lick and she will likely stop. (They are very cheap at TSC or any farm store.)

Horses may also eat mud if they are hungry or bored. Horses are grazing animals and are happy and healthy eating all day long on grass or hay. I've never heard of a horse not eating hay or grass.... people around my way always try upping quality hay or allowing access to hay 24\7 instead of mass increases in grain.

Best of luck with her.
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post #35 of 251 Old 06-10-2013, 02:18 AM
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That is good MyBrandy.I won't feed my horse too much because it she can colic on the feed.1 1/2lbs of rice bran 2 times a day,1lbs of triple C 2 times per day,and 5lbs of a of hay per day.I can't see her ribs much and that's a good thing that means she is putting on weight.She sometimes eats dirt and that's a big no no.I'm trying my best with my horse.I will discuss what happened yesterday in another category because it would not be appropriate for me to discuss it in this thread.It is believed that Barbie is part Arabian because she has a thick neck.I love my horse and want to the right thing.
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She needs to be getting WAAAAYY more than 5lbs of hay a day. A horse's diet should consist MOSTLY of roughage (hay/grass) than grains. That's like a snack for my horse. An average 1,200lb animal should get about 20lbs of hay/grass per day (if it's good quality grass & hay). Because she's under in condition you really want to just let her eat hay free choice or do something like alfalfa or timothy cubes like other people have suggested.

5lbs is like 1 flake of hay >.> My mare gets 8 flakes a day. That's about 32lbs of a hay EVERY day. Granted she's far bigger than your girl & gets ridden 5 times a week. Up the hay.
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Echoing the others here. Up the hay and cut way down on the rice bran. Also agree with Elana regarding her living space, it really needs to be made horse-safe.

If she's not eating hay when you give it to her I would be wondering if her teeth are in need of a check. Young horses' teeth need regular checks to remove any sharp bits that could cause ulceration (and would explain why she's preferring the mushy bran to rough hay). Get your vet to have a look and see if the teeth need floating and if there are any ulcers in there.

ETA: Yikes, just checked your "Good News" thread - she's 13.3hh and 530lb (240kg)?? She really really needs more feed, OP, under those winter woolies she is severely underweight.
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My yearling Paint is 13.1hh and is at least 600 pounds. That should give you an idea about how underweight she is. Every horse prefers grass over hay, it's like us preferring steak over beef jerky. I believe on the rice bran label, it says to feed 1-2 pounds of it a day at MOST. She needs as much hay as possible to get some forage into her diet. Get a fecal done on her to see what worms she has. Just because she's been wormed doesn't mean she doesn't have worms. I wormed my yearling twice and his fecal showed round worm eggs, so I'm worming him again. Get her teeth checked and get her some good quality hay that's not stemmy. She might not like the hay because it's too stemmy or too poor quality for a horse. Let us know if you have any questions, because we're here to help. Whoever is helping you currently doesn't seem like a reliable source.
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Thank you for the advice.She needs at least 8lbs of hay per day and 3lbs of rice bran 2lbs of triple c and a handful of beet pulp.She has been eating it dry she loves it that way.I am trying my best to feed her good and work with her.Thanks for the advice
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8 lbs of hay per day is not enough. 1.5-2% of the horse's body weight should be consumed daily, primarily in hay. If the horse is underweight (which she is) she should be getting at LEAST 2% of her ideal body weight in hay, which would equal a minimum of 12 pounds (personally I would say she should be more like 700 pounds, so 14 pounds of hay would be the minimum). Additional supplements should be given in ADDITION to that to help bring her weight up (you're using rice bran and triple c, those should really be fine). Remember that you want to be feeding her for the weight she SHOULD be at, not the weight she is currently at.
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post #40 of 251 Old 06-11-2013, 01:52 AM
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Hi PrincessBarbie!

Have you ever heard of FeedXL? There are lots of resources online (and otherwise) for figuring out what to feed your growing horse!

Any reason why your little filly can't have free access to hay?
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