02-07-2011, 12:24 PM
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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.