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post #21 of 46 Old 12-29-2013, 01:52 PM
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Sky- I think they really cut back on the hay quality for the pasture horses. They get completely different hay than the stall horses. This is a training barn after all I keep getting told. (They responded to my ad looking for boarding last spring so I'm not taking that argument). I think her winter coat was softer last winter at our last barn that had really crappy hay. And come to think of it I clipped that front portion of her in November and it is growing back but very very course, not soft like it did last spring.

Strategy is very high NSC and she has had laminitis in the past. I do not want it to flare up again nor do I want her hot. It is a cheap feed all around and doesn't really provide any benefits, especially for an older horse.

She is blanketed to the point she is comfortable, not hot. I say toasty because she is not cold to the touch on her flanks and armpits.
she should feel a bit cool to the touch. Feel in at her back and shoulders. Armpits are open to the air so the blanket doesn't do anything there. If you feel any warmth they are too warm.
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^^ I do feel that statement is incorrect. If she is cool to the touch under the blanket, she is cold and would need a heavier one. If you stick your arm under the blanket she should feel toasty, at a comfortable temperature.
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^^ I do feel that statement is incorrect. If she is cool to the touch under the blanket, she is cold and would need a heavier one. If you stick your arm under the blanket she should feel toasty, at a comfortable temperature.
Yeap this is what I have always been told and plan to stick with it. If my skin is cold under a coat it means I'm not warm enough, same thing here.
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Considering a horse's temperature should range between 98-101, they should not feel cool to the touch. Something only feels cool to the touch if it is colder then you are, so if a horse feels cool to the touch (especially if it's winter and your hands are a bit cold) that's not good.
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Is she a senior? I'm seeing that you stated that she has a hard time chewing her grain so that's my assumption. Are you feeding her the grain you buy, or is the barn? If you are doing it, you could soak it yourself (grain is very fast to mush...give it about 5 minutes to soften right up) and make it easier for her to eat a bit more. If they are doing it, you could try giving her just a bit of rice bran if you see her losing more weight. Its easy for them to chew and she shouldn't need much...maybe half a pound to help her keep her weight over the winter.

I do think she has lost weight in the last 3 pictures, but she isn't what I would call "skinny" or even "thin" yet. However, if she loses more, I might say she was a bit underweight.

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^^ I do feel that statement is incorrect. If she is cool to the touch under the blanket, she is cold and would need a heavier one. If you stick your arm under the blanket she should feel toasty, at a comfortable temperature.
I did an experiment because I really didn't know. When I am comfortable my skin under my shirt is cool or room temp to the touch. When I was feeling hot I felt under my shirt and my skin was warm and toasty. Try it and you will see for your self.
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I did an experiment because I really didn't know. When I am comfortable my skin under my shirt is cool or room temp to the touch. When I was feeling hot I felt under my shirt and my skin was warm and toasty. Try it and you will see for your self.
I'm wearing a long sleeved shirt, feel completely comfortable, and my skin is warm ...

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Horses have completely different insulation systems than people and I don't think relating the two is completely accurate.

OP, I'd work on getting her up at least 50lbs, she does look like she has lost quite a bit of top line from the previous photos. Just get a feed schedule on lock with your BO, if you're worried about being kicked out read over your contract and see what is allowed/ not, but I would hope for you to be able to communicate with BO about such things without a big deal.

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I have no comment on the blanketing...I live and Texas and don't blanket xD

but out of curiousity I did the 'experiment' too. My conclusion is that while comfortable (its about 75 in my house right now) in a half sleeve shirt, my belly is comfortably warm. However, my hands are FREEZING! LOL. I nearly shrieked when I put my hand on my stomach. Maybe I need some mittens.

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I'm wearing a long sleeved shirt, feel completely comfortable, and my skin is warm ...
I have a chill now ... my skin is still warm

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