Okay,so I had the vet out cause Gidget had a swollen leg and some scrapes.The next day it swelled even more but she wasn't lame.I was still worried because she wouldn't let me touch it and would threaten to kick me so the vet came out in the morning. Luckily nothing serious happened to her leg..nothing pierced the skin but it was swollen do to getting stuck in something(checking all fences now). Annnyways,they noticed she was losing weight so they checked her teeth and they are good. She has been wormed soo anyways they asked to see what I feed her and how much and I showed them that I fed her four good sized flakes a day and she also eats whats in the pasture..well they told me that it was low quality hay(I was told by the lady I got this from that it was good quality and I believed her cause all her horses are fat and they ate it but we also on pasture). They want her to gain 150 lbs. I FEEL ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!. I was working her out thinking she was losing muscle when all along her body was eating her muscle.I have 3 more bales of this stuff and they told me to still feed her it but throw in half a bale,4 lbs of rice bran,and 2 giant bowls of alfalfa plus her supplement and mineral block. Well I think she is gaining some weight unless she is just bloated looking from all the food. She's been doing great. Do you know when I will be able to tell? Her hips are a bit sunken in but not some starvation case.
Now,I guess I just feel like the worse owner on earth. Some people mention she doesn't look that bad but when the vet mentioned that I just felt like I let Gidget down because I am also researching info for the best care I can provide for her.