I rode my mare the other week, and her weight was fine... but today when I went out to see my horses, I thought my mare looked a little... thinner than usual. Heck, it seems like my mare has lost a little weight since the last time I saw her, which was just a few days ago.
I snapped a few photoís of her and my gelding to put on here and see what everyone else thought. My gelding, I think, is at a good weight... I canít see his ribs at all and I have to press moderately to feel them.
My mare, I think, needs to gain a little bit. I canít see her ribs, but I can feel them very easily and when she moves a certain way, it seems as though I can see a ghost of their outlines.
Maybe Iím worrying too much over it and seeing things, because last year my girl lost a little weight in December and in January/February, she was sick and dropped about a hundred and fifty pounds within a few weeks and it took forever to get her weight back up.
My gelding is an easy keeper, and my mare is too during the warmer months, but Iíve noticed in the past few years that during the colder months sheís a bit harder to keep weight on, but not too badly... I just have to upp her feed a bit.
I donít feed year-round. During Spring, Summer, and Autumn I feed ((one pound soaked Alfalfa, Oats, and Super 12 mixed up)) only when I ride. Starting December first, I feed daily at three oíclock in the PM afternoon ((three pounds soaked Alfalfa, Oats, and Super 12 for my mare && two pounds of soaked Alfalfa, Oats, and Super 12 for my gelding)).
What do you guys think? My gelding will be four years old in March and my mare will be sixteen years old in April. Iím thinking about buying a senior feed for my girl, but I donít have the money to go all out... Iím lucky that I can buy what I feed right now. I am looking for a job, though, and hopefully Iíll find one soon so my horses can get the proper care they deserve, but right now Iím relying on my extremely non-horsey mother for money.