So I have a 7yr old (oh wow wait, its already 2010, so now she's officially 8 lol, I HATE that!) mare who has always been thin. My uncle got her when she was 3, and I bought her last year. She was always "hippy", only once did we get her to "normal" weight (she wasnt so hippy and she looked much healthier) and she dropped that weight quickly. I figured lately it was due to soreness (she has bad front ankles and can get sore in her hocks and stifles). Or due to the fact that she would go into heat often and have really bad heats (you couldnt even touch her without her squatting and peeing) but now its winter and she hasnt had any heat cycles.
She is a racehorse, and we are getting back into the racing season. I just trained her saturday in 2:30 to the cart (a normal starting speed) and she was very on the iron, wanted to go go go, and was sound doing it. She was interested and trained great. I had to strangle her to hold her back from going over the speed I wanted her to go, and let my mothers horse that my cousin was training with her get up to finish the mile together.
Anyway I just got her back a few weeks ago from being turned out. She looked HORRIBLE when I got her back. They said they were giving her free choice hay, and feed... but she's atleast 100lbs thinner. I was hoping to see her nice and plump ready to race. But that wasnt the case... not to mention the heel scratches, and fungus all up her legs and over her back... need less to say I wont be boarding here there ever again.
Anyway this is what she's fed:
(i think theyre feeding Charger right now, but I have to check again)
1 grain morning (we use the red pastic cans from the coffee, the 34.5 oz cans and use that as a scoop- heaping)
Hay after working
1 can feed lunch + hay
1 can feed dinner + hay
I went to the feed store and got her some beet pulp to help. Im not sure how much she's supposed to get though??? It doesnt really say on the bag, I was thinking one of the red cans a day? Too much? Not enough? I've never fed it before so I don't know!!!
I was wondering if there is anything else though that would help that I could add? The added weight will help with her energy to race too, so that's a plus. And she just had her ankles, right hock and right stifle injected.