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
- 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?