I have a QH mare(16) and a Haflinger Gelding (4-5) who are pasture-mates.
We got the Haflinger last summer from a family friend who had been feeding him 2 flakes of hay every feeding, which is exactly what we gave our mare.
We feed them together, 2 flakes each.
The problem is, the haflinger eats much faster than my mare and she's lost a bunch of weight... while my haflinger has gotten quite chubby!
Our vet came out for shots last week and told us we should separate them, feed her high-fat grain and make sure she gets her hay, while making sure he only got his hay.
We separated them, but they wouldn't eat without each other! O.o It was so odd. They didn't eat until we moved them back with each other..
Is there any way we could possibly work in this diet for him, and this weight gain with her, without keeping them separated for long?
She gets her grain, the gelding doesn't try taking it because she gets mad at him..