08-12-2009, 11:40 AM
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Usually my problem is to get my mare to lose weight not put it on.
It must essentially be a work output v an energy intake conundrum
Some breeds are better converters of food than others. TBs always look skinny to us cob owners.
Check the wormer. There are lots of different parasites. Some wormers don't cover the full spectrum of types of worm. Try swopping the brand
For another. But ask the vet - they should know.
Horses need bulk food. You did not mention hay. My girlie lives in during the day but I always give her something to eat during the middle of the day - for me the risk is colic
Buy a measuring tape and record her stomach measurements regularly. Record her food intake - if you can. See if you can draw any conclusions.
My vet says that it is better to be thin rather than overweight,
PS You could always ask the previous owner what they fed your herd.