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    02-06-2011, 12:23 PM
Green Broke
When a horse gets a hay belly, they aren't getting the necessary nutrients from the hay, so they eat more of it to get what they need. You can try what they others have said, but I would try giving her some soaked beet pulp. We get it in a 80# bag for $12. Two scoops shredded or one scoop rolled feeds six horses. One of our geldings had such a hay belly in October and November, he looked like he was pregnant with twins! We started our horses in November on beet pulp to help them thru the winter. Our hard keeper put on weight and our 'pregnant' gelding slimmed up. Beet pulp is also great for horses that have ulcers, fyi.
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    02-07-2011, 11:18 AM
If it does end up being ulcers, I had a friend that put her horse on this supplement....

SmartGut - Ulcer & Gastric Health Supplements from SmartPak Equine

She really liked the results.

Good luck! She's a beautiful horse.
    02-07-2011, 11:24 AM
She is clearly not an easy keeper, that is for sure.
However, one of the fillies - also an SE Arab - is not either. . .and she keeps a fairly overall good weight on this hay with some concentrated ration - BUT - I have pulled this mare off of this hay for 12 hours a day, changed her feed ration to Nutrena Complete and have bought square bales to supplement her - her stomach looks much better. . .so I assume this will solve the issue. . .

She needs her teeth done while the other horses are eating this and getting nutrition because they are able to chew it more - she isn't and the only equine dentist locally WILL NOT call me back to get out and see her.

I've never found beet pulp to make a huge change in our rescue, though I know some rescue folks and horse people sweat by it. . .however, it all depends on the horse . . . Though with this mare, I will not due beet pulp shreds because of a choke history and even soaked. .. the shreds freak me out - I might locate some pellets, but I really think I'll supplement with soaked rice bran pellets if I see this new regime isn't working for her.
    02-07-2011, 11:52 AM
The hay belly is the long stem fiber that is harder to digest ligin I wanna say but doesn't seem right

Topline is lack in Lysine normally

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