I have two thoroughbred mares. One is 3 years old that I've had for about 6 months, and the other is a 7 year old that I've had for about a month and a half. The 3 year old's body condition is very good, however the 7 year old.. although she has gained weight since I got her, she is still thinner than I would like her to be (especially being that its winter). The 3 year old is in light/moderate work and the 7 year old is in very light groundwork as she is not broke yet.
Both mares are currently on just about the same diet:
About 30lbs of orchard grass (spread out throughout the day/night)
2 lbs of beet pulp (dry) 2x's a day (fed soaked for 2 hrs in warm water)
1 lb of flat rolled oats 2x's a day
1 cup of rice bran pellets 2x's a day (the 7 year old gets 1 1/2-2 cups)
They also have a salt/mineral block out in the pasture and plenty of fresh clean water 24/7.
I'm just looking for opinions/suggestions for improving on the feeding regimen that I currently have going for my girls. Also, my work schedule is changing which makes feeding the beet pulp more difficult because of how long it needs to soak. I was thinking maybe feeding something different for breakfast and soaking the beet pulp just for their dinner??
Any comments are welcomed and appreciated!! Thanks in advance!! :)
Oh and I was thinking of starting them on psyllium to prevent risk of sand colic. They are kept on a dry lot.. something I am not used to being from Pennsylvania and now living in Socal.
Last edited by loveyourhorse; 12-20-2011 at 06:58 PM.