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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
We dry lot our miniature horses 24/7 all year unless we supervise them while grazing, and even then they only get 2 or 3 hours a week, no more than that.
We were feeding our minis a 2/3 timothy 1/3 alfalfa mix but because of hay shortage have switched to 2/3 jiggs costal and 1/3 alfalfa. The broodies and working mini/ponies were getting free fed hay and some got about 1/2 a pound of low fat, low sugar grain- but our others that arent doing much only get 1 1/2-2 small flakes a day and no grain. All of them except the in-foal broodies get only hay in the winter because of lack of exercise.
Take your mare off of grain and buy a slow feeder net. If possible, just get some higher quality grass hay and nothing like alfalfa. We only feed alfalfa because we have quite a few growing babies and seniors that need it.
If she's still thick come March or so, start lunging her 10-15 minutes a day at an active walk and trot, slowly building up to 30 minutes if possible. Or better yet, give her a job. Our minis tote feed and hay around, drive, do in hand obstacles, and work with younger kids to teach them how to properly work with a horse. There are all kinds of ways to exercise them! :)
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