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post #41 of 251 Old 06-11-2013, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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She can have hay she has just been getting the wrong kind.Every horse is different some prefer Timothy and some prefer Alfalfa.I am going to call around today to see if I can get her some good quality hay.I am going to brush her today because she needs it.Thank you for the advice
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You mentioned she's getting a handful of beet pulp a day. It is absolutely imperative that you soak it before feeding, as it needs to expand with water, and the gut isn't the ideal place for this to happen as it will lead too an impaction.

She needs a lot more food--not carrots or hard feed, but quality hay. She should have hay in front of her 24/7 at this point.
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Your exactly right.I will admit that I have to rely on my friend for the money to buy what she needs.I am saving up money though.Thanks for the advice.
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Your exactly right.I will admit that I have to rely on my friend for the money to buy what she needs.I am saving up money though.Thanks for the advice.
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What? You already told us you had spent $50,000 on her. Did you run out of money? Hmm. I'm thinking if you have to rely on someone else now, for the money needed to keep this filly, you might have to consider rehoming her. The friend's money might not last for the duration of her life and all that she will need. Horses can be a constant drain of the best budgets.

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I highly doubt that filly will reach 16.1hh. She might make 15hh...if she starts getting proper nutrition. My gelding was 15hh as a fresh 2yo and will make 16.2hh (according to the string tests I've done on him). He's now a 4yo and stands 16-16.1hh.

As THR said, here in AZ we feed a lot of alfalfa. My boy had never had anything but alfalfa until about six months ago (now he gets alfalfa and Bermuda grass). As a 15hh 2yo, he was getting about 20-30lbs of alfalfa per day and was sleek, shiny and in perfect weight (if he hadn't been, you can bet the vet would have said something about it when he gelded Aires).

I agree with Lizzie. If you're having to rely on friends to feed your horse (or do anything with her), you probably should rethink keeping your horse. What happens when she gets hung up on that junk in the yard and incurs a major vet bill? Are your friends going to pay for that, too?
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As others have said, this horse need hay, not grains. Do you have a haynet? Really your horse needs hay at all times available. If you hang it in a small hole bag it wall last all day and not be wasted. If you stop buying the grains the money saved can buy the hay. They have dry bales of hay at tractor supply, and as others posters said the alfalfa pellets for added nutrition. Get a hanging scale and weight it out. My 13.2 hand pony eats 10 pounds a day of hay, plus about a pound of timothy pellets, my 15 hand quarter horse eats about 15 pounds of hay, about 2 pounds of pellets, and she gets to graze a couple hours a day. So, you should try at least 15 plus pounds a day, and since you are trying to get her to gain, let her have all she wants. If you can hand graze her (break her in slowly) grass is awesome for adding weight and giving good nutrition. I see green grass in the distance in the pic, can you take her there? But be careful to add grass slowly or she can colic (20 minutes first day...or less, and add 10-15 minutes a day)

I'd really concentrate on hay as a priority.
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I sure am concentrating on getting her hay to be truthful my friend is going to get some Saturday I wanted to get some yesterday but it didn't happen.I really don't want to sell my horse but if it comes to that point I might have to.I would rather give her a good home someone to be good to her than to let her do without.I am going to take care of her and hopefully I won't have to sell her.Thanks for he advice.
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I sure am concentrating on getting her hay to be truthful my friend is going to get some Saturday I wanted to get some yesterday but it didn't happen.I really don't want to sell my horse but if it comes to that point I might have to.I would rather give her a good home someone to be good to her than to let her do without.I am going to take care of her and hopefully I won't have to sell her.Thanks for he advice.
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you said you've spent $50,000. That wasn't just on the horse was it?

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you said you've spent $50,000. That wasn't just on the horse was it?
According to the OP, that's on everything (feed, tack, the horse, etc). Which I'm not sure how she's calculating that. I've owned my gelding for two years, have boarded the entire time (at $200-300 a month), and haven't spent more than $10,000 in those two years (including tack [two saddles, a couple of bridles, several halters, saddle blankets/pads], grooming supplies, farrier/vet, board, extra feed, AND his purchase price). Heck, with gas to go see him, it doesn't even come to $15,000. *scratches head*
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I hope you're not giving your 'friend' all that money. Something is certainly not adding up. Especially since she is not getting the feed she needs
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