I've got two of my mares on a new feeding regimen since they arrived to try and help them pick up weight. I was wondering about some opinions on what I'm already doing or things I might should consider adding? They both have a vet check this week (I've only had them a short time), both to check teeth, pull new blood work, and have one palpated to see if she's pregnant.
Until I know for sure if the mare was indeed bred, I have her on the same feed as the mare and foal.
As of now, this is what I have them on to assist in their weight gain and have been building this up gradually as not to colic them. The following is per horse.
2 scoops (2 quart scoops) of mare and foal feed in the am, and 2 scoops of the mare and foal feed in the pm
24/7 pasture grazing
2 flakes of coastal hay in the am and 2 flakes of coastal in the pm
3/4 scoop soaked beet pulp twice daily
I want to up their hay intake to free range, but didn't want to add that in so quickly. I also would like to up the hay from coastal to Timothy.
I've looked into oils and such, but wanted some opinions on possibilities. The mare with the foal at her side is about 14 hands and could probably use upward of 100 pounds put back on her.
The paint mare is about 15 hands, and I'd like to see the same put on her.
They were both wormed a week ago with Zemectrin.
Any opinions, advice, or suggestions?
Thanks everyone! =)