I rode my mare today from 1:00 until 4:51 and we went about... eight miles today, but that's not my concern.
I just got back and unsaddled and I noticed that my girl has lost a lot of weight... well, actually I noticed that she'd lost some weight when I had to pull up my flank strap the first time. I just didn't notice how much weight she was missing until I got home and unsaddled and looked at her. (I had to pull the flank strap up two more notches during our ride.).
All in all, I pulled the flank strap up three notches, which was probably about... five to six inches. I ride with the flank strap up so that it's touching her stomach lightly or hanging down about a centimeter or two, never looser.
I have noticed that winters seem to be getting pretty hard on my girl... she lost a lot of weight last January, but I put it off to her being sick (she was sick last January). Her teeth do not need floated, so it's not that...
Why could she be losing weight? She lost this weight between the last time we rode and now. The last time we rode was about a week and a half ago. None of the other horses have lost weight (that I know of... I don't mess with any of the horses besides my two). My girl isn't getting run off from the hay, either. She's the second in command in our herd and runs the others off that are lower than her.
I was thinking ot could be from our riding, but I don't think so. When we ride, we always warm up, walk, trot, canter, gallop, and cool down sufficiently. We always ride at all the gaits, and my girl's very used to the way we ride.
She also is on pasture grass 24/7 and has free choice hay in the winter 24/7. I feed a quart of F-R-M Prime Time 10 non-pelleted feed (I prefer the pelleted feed, but my colt chokes on it and after I switched to the the non-pelleted feed his choking stopped).
So, why could she be losing weight? What can I give her to help her gain her weight back? This month is going to be our coldest, and I don't need her losing anymore weight... Even though she could lose a few more pounds and still look great, she has been too fat).