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        07-15-2009, 07:26 PM
      #1
    Foal
    My horse is Fat! :S

    My mare just had a foal a month and a week ago. She slimmed down pretty well were I couldn't really see her stomach when I stood behind her. But recently the pasture was getting low so I fed her a good amount of grain...as in at least 4 cups during the day....and hay and anything else I could find that she liked. So I finally yesterday got her in a new pasture which has good grass. But now I can really see her stomach stick out on both sides of her!!!!
    I am trying to get her in better shape. Since she is a mustang from Wy, she automatically eats a lot in the summer to save up for winter. ( if you know what I mean :)
    I know I should stop feeding her grain ( sad thing cause she always gives me puppy dog eyes when I go out there lol :) But what else can I do? Or is she fine. She is nursing right now so I can't cut down anything to much... but...
    Well thanks before hand for anything ya'll have to say!!!

    Dixiegirl :)
         
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        07-15-2009, 07:32 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    If your horse lives outdoors she doesn't need hay and grain. If she lives indoors she only needs two flakes of hay and a half cup of grain and half a cup of oats max, unless she's underweight. But for now exercise her a lot and fix the amount of food you give her.
         
        07-15-2009, 07:34 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    This food cut back shouldn't affect her too much. The mare with a foal we have at our barn is on half and half and three flakes of hay. And she's fine.
         
        07-15-2009, 07:55 PM
      #4
    Foal
    I feed my thoroughbred 3 flakes of hay 2 times a day and 4 cups of safe choice feed and she is fine. I think your horse would be fine she is a mustang right so she is use to eating when ever she wants let her be a horse if she is happy then so be it feed her what ever she wants
         
        07-15-2009, 10:18 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Yup, stop with the grain completely if it's good pasture. And no hay. Only put out hay when the pasture is less than 3" tall, to prevent over-grazing. Feed the foal youth feed out of a creep feeder, so momma can't get any. If she really pitches a fit, get some alfalfa hay pellets and feed her those. Alfalfa pellets are lower in calorie than most grain mixes, but still high in protein.

    Adding a magnesium supplement can help her metabolize all of the sugar/starch from good pasture.

    Something like:
    Equine Products Inc - Top quality equine supplements
    Quick Links (MagOX 56)
    Magnesium 3,000 from SmartPak Equine
    D-Carb Balance from SmartPak Equine
         
        07-16-2009, 11:33 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Thank you to all the people that replied!!! Great info!! :)

    She is kept in the pasture so I have stopped feeding her hay and grain... except when I go get her I give her a hand full... lol :) And excersize... I don't have a round pen yet so I can't lunge her. But when I ride her, how should I do that? Can I just run her all over, but I was thinking that might not be very good just yet...I am not sure though.
    Sorry for all the qu. :S

    Dixiegirl :)
         
        07-17-2009, 12:10 AM
      #7
    Green Broke
    When riding, start with just lots of walking. Heck, you can walk with her now in hand! It's a great bonding time and will help with her ground manners. Put her in halter and just walk her for 30 minutes around the pasture and property, making sure to lead her from both sides. Teach her how to trot in hand too, and do some short bursts of trotting in hand here and there. It will be good for the foal too. You can work on haltering him and leading him on your other side.

    When you do start riding her more, do lots of walking with some trotting mixed in. Get her to trot out at a good clip, then back off to a slower trot, then walk. Don't canter her much until she's in better shape with the trotting.
         

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