Originally Posted by As You Wish
My 8 yr old Arabian/Welsh mare always looks like she is in foal. She has a big barrel but is fatty in her shoulders, elbows, butt and crest.
She is fed 2 flakes of Rye hay twice a day and approx. 1 - 1/2 cup of stale mix a day. She put on more weigh over the last 6 mos or so because I was not able to exericse her as regularly as I am used to doing. Now she is getting ridden quite often, arena work and trail rides but the weight won't drop off of her. Cushings crossed my mind. She only get carrots as treat, no sugary horse treats. Should I just work her more and feed her 1 flake instead of 2?
Agree with Verona - and yes, rye grass is rich & sugary, so I'd be looking to get some low NSC tested hay, or soaking/draining it before feeding to leach out some of the sugars. Not knowing how big she is, how heavy a flake of hay, how much time she's on grass, don't know whether you should cut down on quantity, but horses need at least 1.5-2% BWT daily in forage, and are built for near constant small amounts going through, so shouldn't be left hungry for any length of time.
What is the stable mix? Why does she get it? I'd look at cutting that out & replacing it with a low dose or powdered(you can get them that are palatable without mixing) nutritional supplement. I'd also suggest looking into Magnesium4Horses More exercise is also great. Carrots are relatively sugary, so it depends how sensitive she may be as to how her system handles them, but if only feeding for treats, one carrot diced can go a long way!