Originally Posted by kimberlyrae1993 View Post
Also how much would you if you were me bump up this feed? Right now we're at 7lb a day in grain.. I also know it not good to feed more then 5lb in a single feeding..
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Kimberlyrae, the way I've had success is to feed for the weight they SHOULD be, not for the weight they're at. So, if she weighed 700 lbs when you got her and you want her at 900 lbs, then you'd start low and work your way up to the mid range they're suggesting feeding. So I'd be working my way up to 10 lbs/day divided into 3 feedings. You add 1 lb of feed per week until you're up to where you should be to maintain her at the weight you want her at. So, if she's gaining on 7 lbs, then do that for 1 week and add 1/2 lb per feeding, do that for a week and at another 1/2 lb per feeding, until she tapes at close to what you think is her ideal weight.
I also would recommend doing a fecal on her and dosing her for exactly what it says she has. That way you don't give her a treatment for strongyles when she has tapes. If her teeth are good, and you get the worms all cleared out, if she doesn't have ulcers, she ought to start packing the weight on really quickly. Sometimes it just takes a bit of time for them to turn the corner after all the health issues are addressed.
She's looking a lot better from pic 1 to the latest pic. You're on the right path.
This is a mare I reposessed, about 1 month after I got her home. I was so disgusted with how she looked, I wouldn't even take pics the day I picked her up.
This is her before I sold her. She was a Saddlebred, so has a long thin neck, no matter what.
About 8 weeks after I got her home. The first 3 I never even saw her face, she kept her head buried in the hay.