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    07-30-2012, 12:27 AM
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Question Ribby pony

I have a 12.2, 500 pound, 3 year old welsh pony mare. I got her about a month ago and she was very lean and underfed. She was a companion pony to a older TB gelding. They were both pasture horses, fed in the same dirt paddock. They had no grass and were fed costal hay and grain. Well of course he ate most of her hay and grain. She was very ribby when I got her, so I put her on a regular worming/feeding schedule and now she did gain weight, and is less ribby but is still a little ribby. She has a little hay/grass belly though. She goes in her own stall at night and is fed and turnout at 6:30-7 a.m. And brought back in for her p.m. Feeding between 8-9 p.m. I had to slowly introduce the grass pasture because I did not want her to founder or colic. Now she is in the grass pasture all the time during the day with 3 other horses. Because of her grass belly, I was thinking of cutting back her grazing time, but I do not want to leave her alone in the stable during the day. So I was going to get her a grazing muzzle. I'm just not sure if I really need to, since she is still ribby and there is not much grass in the pasture as it is.

As far as what I feed her in the morning
- 1 flake of timothy hay
- 1 decent size handful of Tribute growth sweet feed
- 1 decent size handful of Progressive ration balancer, grass formula
- 1 tablespoon garlic
- 1 oz apple flavor electroyles
- Pasture

Night Feeding
- Same as above
But NO pasture and no electroyles

She gets clean, fresh water 24/7

I was thinking about cutting out the sweet feed completely and just giving her a handful morning and night of the ration balancer with maybe a flake and a half or two flakes instead of one? I'm just not sure if that will help better with her ribbiness. I really don't want to give her much grain because of founder issues.

So what do you think about the grazing muzzle and any suggestions to changing her feed?
     
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    07-30-2012, 12:36 AM
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Have you dewormed since you got her? Sounds with that belly and her ribbiness that she might have worms. If so, and if you think she may have come from a place where there was no worming routine, get a fecal count done through your vet and consult him/her as to what the best approach is - worming a heavily infested horse can result in reactions or impaction colic.
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    07-30-2012, 12:41 AM
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If she is ribby, I sure would not be putting on a grazing muzzle. Can you post pictures?
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    07-30-2012, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom    
Have you dewormed since you got her? Sounds with that belly and her ribbiness that she might have worms. If so, and if you think she may have come from a place where there was no worming routine, get a fecal count done through your vet and consult him/her as to what the best approach is - worming a heavily infested horse can result in reactions or impaction colic.
Yes, I now have her on a regular worming schedule since I got her. Sorry I thought I mentioned that in the post.
     
    07-30-2012, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Celeste    
If she is ribby, I sure would not be putting on a grazing muzzle. Can you post pictures?
I do not have a recent picture of her. I have a picture of when I first got her. I will take a new one and upload it.
     
    07-30-2012, 01:18 AM
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I'd get a worm count done. You can worm to your hearts content and not kill a single worm if you're not worming for the species that are there.
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    07-30-2012, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by loveinhorses    
Yes, I now have her on a regular worming schedule since I got her. Sorry I thought I mentioned that in the post.
No worries! It took a while for my horse to lose his wormy belly. I'd still suggest a fecal count though, in case your pony is infested with a worm that isn't covered by the wormer/s you use (even the broad spectrum wormers don't cover off every species).

If your pony is showing ribs this means more food is needed, so definitely don't go with the grazing muzzle. I'd throw in some lucerne (alfalfa) hay if possible - unless the pony is overweight (doesn't sound like she is, even with the belly - overweight horses have fatty deposits over the ribs, under the neck, on the rump and at the top of the tail) it is safe to feed ponies lucerne. It's excellent for weight gain and is highly digestible.

You mentioned founder - has she foundered before (or is there any evidence of this)? Or are you being cautious because she's a pony? If she has before then I'd not be feeding the sweet feed myself.

My last question would be - are her teeth up to date?
     
    07-30-2012, 01:42 AM
  #8
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Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom    
No worries! It took a while for my horse to lose his wormy belly. I'd still suggest a fecal count though, in case your pony is infested with a worm that isn't covered by the wormer/s you use (even the broad spectrum wormers don't cover off every species).

If your pony is showing ribs this means more food is needed, so definitely don't go with the grazing muzzle. I'd throw in some lucerne (alfalfa) hay if possible - unless the pony is overweight (doesn't sound like she is, even with the belly - overweight horses have fatty deposits over the ribs, under the neck, on the rump and at the top of the tail) it is safe to feed ponies lucerne. It's excellent for weight gain and is highly digestible.

You mentioned founder - has she foundered before (or is there any evidence of this)? Or are you being cautious because she's a pony? If she has before then I'd not be feeding the sweet feed myself.

My last question would be - are her teeth up to date?
There was no history of her foundering but yes, I am worried because she is a pony and I know they can be high risk for founder. But since her pasture isn't too rich I guess I should stop being such a worry wart I will get a fecal done asap. And I cannot get alfalfa ANYWHERE where I am located. Occionally the local feed stores will get a shipment. But that is rare. It is mainly Timothy, T/O and then costal crap. So would you recommend I give her more hay instead? Maybe a flake and a half or two flakes? And if there is an issue with her teeth, the dentist is coming out next wednesday so I'm not worried about that.
     
    07-30-2012, 02:01 AM
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Originally Posted by loveinhorses    
There was no history of her foundering but yes, I am worried because she is a pony and I know they can be high risk for founder. But since her pasture isn't too rich I guess I should stop being such a worry wart I will get a fecal done asap. And I cannot get alfalfa ANYWHERE where I am located. Occionally the local feed stores will get a shipment. But that is rare. It is mainly Timothy, T/O and then costal crap. So would you recommend I give her more hay instead? Maybe a flake and a half or two flakes? And if there is an issue with her teeth, the dentist is coming out next wednesday so I'm not worried about that.
You may not be able to get alfalfa hay as such, but see if anyone has it in chaff form. It's a bit more expensive but even if you add about 1/2-1kg of it per day (perhaps split over breakfast and dinner). But if you can't, I'd up to around 3 flakes a day of hay. You seem to be in hay hell though!

Good to hear the dentist is coming out.

And...WE DEMAND PHOTOS OF YOUR PONY!!
     
    07-30-2012, 11:21 AM
  #10
Trained
You need to feed as much hay as she will eat. Timothy is good. Coastal bermuda can be really good if it is fertilized. We had ours tested and it had the same protein content as Timothy.
     

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