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        01-02-2014, 07:09 PM
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    I must be weaker than I thought xD I struggle to move the 50 lbs bales myself because I'm so tiny and they're so bulky xD I can't imagine lifting and tossing a 100 lb bale! Of course, I'm only 4'11 and a 100 lb bale would outweigh me by quite a bit, but I'm not even sure that I could lift a 70-80 lb bale of hay o.o
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        01-02-2014, 07:12 PM
    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    I must be weaker than I thought xD I struggle to move the 50 lbs bales myself because I'm so tiny and they're so bulky xD I can't imagine lifting and tossing a 100 lb bale! Of course, I'm only 4'11 and a 100 lb bale would outweigh me by quite a bit, but I'm not even sure that I could lift a 70-80 lb bale of hay o.o
    I'm with you Endiku!
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        01-02-2014, 07:33 PM
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    Since no one has answered your question on beet pulp, you can feed her as much as she will eat. Start out with a small amount to see if she will even eat it, like a cup of it dry but do soak it. It will make between 2 to 4 cupful when soaked.

    Some horses won't touch it at first so you may need to add a grain or feed to it. One of our mares was like that. After slowly increasing the beet pulp and decreasing the grain, she eats it fine. She even attacked the bag it comes it before it was soaked.

    Once you get her to eat it, you can feed as much as you want or that she will eat. It won't cause colic or founder. If she inhales her feed, it is possible to cause choke. Try to find the beet pulp that isn't in large shreds and make sure to soak it. They can have it dry but I think they like it better when soaked. Also, try to get it with little to no molasses in it.
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        01-03-2014, 11:23 AM
    I was just guessing 500lbs I have no clue how much she weighs lol. I attached a picture she is the brown one. She is a arabian mustang mix. The sweetest girl ever! Loves attention! You can see her ribs and her tail bones :(

    I do have local grass to that she has access to all day. I don't have a weight tape. I will for sure get that! She is utd on everything shots worming.
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        01-03-2014, 11:41 AM
    Being able to see ribs and hip bones isnt the end of the world better on the lean thin side then too fat. All 3 of my horses ribs can be seen that's through 2 to 3 inches of winter coat.

    Feed lots of hay she doesnt look that bad in picture I wouldnt go feeding a ton of feed, to make her fat, fat isnt healthy.
        01-03-2014, 12:07 PM
    Good grief! Please don't "just guess" and then post. A 500 lb., 15 hand horse would be about dead. Besides, we can't offer helpful advice if we don't have a somewhat clear picture of the situation. Okay, I'm done barking at you.

    She's on the light side but not a bone rack. How you feed depends on what her activity level is. Does she mostly hang out in the pasture or do you ride and exercise her? Some horses are easy keepers and others take a feed store to keep them up. There are many factors to consider. And you are going to get many different opinions here. Personally, I prefer a good grass hay but many people feed alfalfa. And do be careful about supplements. It's easy to by stuff because it sounds so good for them but may not be needed and over-supplementing can be harmful.
    I prefer to get the opinion of a vet with a new horse. A checkup is a good way to start. Get a weight tape. They are not exact but it will help you track weight gain and loss.
    Good luck to you. I hope you and your horse have many good years together!
    And welcome to the board. : )
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        01-03-2014, 07:26 PM
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    Definitely not 500 lbs ;) my guess would be that she's somewhere around 800 lbs, and only needs 50 lbs or so to cover up those ribs. I'd just give her all the grass hay she can eat and she'll probably plump right up. Beet pulp won't hurt, just soak it well. Giving her a flake or so of alfalfa would probably be great too. She's very pretty!

    You can get a weight tape to estimate her weight, or wait until the next time you haul her to the vet and ask them to weigh her.

    If it gives you any idea, here is a body shot of a filly I owned (rescue situation, she's 100% healthy now and is rehomed) when she was 490 lbs, 13hh. Imagine a horse that was at this weight but 8 inches would be a skeleton! It sure is hard to eyeball their weight isn't it?!
        01-13-2014, 02:23 PM
    Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
    Hats off to you... I complain about unloading 30 bales of 40lb timothy. I don't think I could physically move 400 bales of 75lbs!
    I DON'T do it all on the same day!! But, thanks. =D
    My 2007 Dodge Cummins comfortably carries 40 bales. I can climb out of the loft door to the top 10 bales, and that's where I start. When I get to the truck bed layer, the last 4 bales get a "clean and jerk" with my arms wrapped through the baling twine, shifting the weight to my hips (in front), and then lifting to the lip of the loft door (~9 ' high), then "jerked" into the loft floor. I CANNOT afford to pull out my back, so I am very careful.
    It all makes for a stronger rider, too.
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