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    12-29-2009, 01:46 AM
  #11
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How is her coat? Is it cold up there? Is she using what energy she eats to keep warm?
     
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    12-29-2009, 01:59 AM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
How is her coat? Is it cold up there? Is she using what energy she eats to keep warm?
it has gotten veeerrry cold and that may be part of the problem. Her coat isn't very thick so I should probably get her to get the mare a blanket.
     
    12-29-2009, 02:27 AM
  #13
Foal
I would give the mare alot more hay then normal (and if she has free for all hay then higher quality is better), preferably alfalfa/mix, if she has teeth proplems there is alfalfa pellets that can be soaked and givin to the mare, hay helps keep a horse warm during the colder months, and should help better with the digestive system.. If the mare is fed with other horses, the horses can steal her food too, but I doubt she is with other horses correct? Make sure the mare is dewormed too. I don't have any suggestions for grain though, but defintly still feed it to the mare.
Make sure the mare is not randomly givin a ton of grain though, slowly increase the grain untill the amount of grain suggested.
Am no expert, but these are simply my suggestions.

Mare may need to visit a vet and dentist just in case. ;)
     
    12-29-2009, 02:43 AM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LolHorse    
I would give the mare alot more hay then normal (and if she has free for all hay then higher quality is better), preferably alfalfa/mix, if she has teeth proplems there is alfalfa pellets that can be soaked and givin to the mare, hay helps keep a horse warm during the colder months, and should help better with the digestive system.. If the mare is fed with other horses, the horses can steal her food too, but I doubt she is with other horses correct? Make sure the mare is dewormed too. I don't have any suggestions for grain though, but defintly still feed it to the mare.
Make sure the mare is not randomly givin a ton of grain though, slowly increase the grain untill the amount of grain suggested.
Am no expert, but these are simply my suggestions.

Mare may need to visit a vet and dentist just in case. ;)
She is given a lot of extra hay. She is with one other horse, but if anyone is doing the chasing away from food its her. She's actually with a 32yr old Morgan mare and that horse is at a normal weight!
     
    12-29-2009, 09:44 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by UnrealJumper    
She is given a lot of extra hay. She is with one other horse, but if anyone is doing the chasing away from food its her. She's actually with a 32yr old Morgan mare and that horse is at a normal weight!
Wow, it sounds like that barn has some old, long living, horses. XD
I doubt the other mare would steal the thouroughbreds food, but I may be wrong?

I take care of my friends ex pacer 30 year old, Standerdbred, broodmare, she is very friendly and I like having here around except she..well..something nasty to my gelding.. xD

As you can tell she is REALLY REALLY REALLY fat! To fat, and she is not even preggers.
     
    12-29-2009, 03:40 PM
  #16
Weanling
If anyone is stealing food its the TB mare! Haha ^^^
     
    12-29-2009, 11:20 PM
  #17
Foal
When I got my Sunny, he was easily 400lbs underweight. We put him on alfalfa pellets (he wasn't eating the hay...I think it was difficult for him at the time), and fed him 3 x a day. He didn't like beet pulp either. We also gave him 1000mg vitamin E, to help skin and coat. He also got a Panacur purge. That really helped! He put on the weight quickly, and now is fit and healthy. He now gets Equine Senior to keep weight on and give him a bit extra for warmth.
     
    12-30-2009, 11:11 AM
  #18
Trained
My 30 year old horse was having trouble keeping weight on these past couple of winters and someone here suggested Triple Crown Senior. It has been absolutely amazing. I swear by that stuff now. He loves it. It is a tad on the expensive side so we mix it with Purina Equine Senior and a dash of sweet feed. He's doing amazing. His energy is back to where it used to be and he seems much happier.

I had a hard time finding it as no one around us keeps it in stock so I order it through one of the feed stores. I buy 2 bags every few weeks or so. 3 in the winter.
     
    12-30-2009, 11:58 AM
  #19
Foal
I was thinking about Triple Crown, but the feed expert says Sun doesn't need it quite yet (he's only 16) so for the caloric value alone, the Equine Senior seems to do as an afternoon snack, with some alf/oat cubes or pellets. Now, whenever I go outside around noon, Sun is right there by the fence, like "Hey! Where's the nummas?" Totally spoiled! (And I love it! LOL)
     

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