Meanwhile, because I'm paranoid, as soon as I have bedding and hay she will be going on box rest.
I have two decent sized boxes based on concrete, in a bit of disrepair but safe and usable. One is currently my feed shed but the feed can be moved easily enough. I'm going to use wood shavings as bedding... pine is what is most readily available in my area, and when I was at a professional rider's facility, it's what he was using in his boxes... even for his extremely valuable Grand Prix dressage horses, including stallions.
But if there are any potential health risks I would like to know about them so I know to keep an eye open for them, and avoid pine if I can. Big if, here, because the majority of the logging and milling in my area is pine. Some Jarrah is processed at the local mill, but not much, and it's an expensive type of wood because Jarrah trees are relatively slow-growing.
My girl will have company, probably Mum's pony filly who is grossly fat and in desperate need of an even more restricted diet.
Basically, I have all this theoretical knowledge, and a limited amount of practical thanks to my time working for a pro horseman, but not enough practical knowledge to be able to go it alone. I can muck out reasonably well but preparing the box in the first place is beyond my knowledge (they haven't been used in a LONG time if they ever were in the first place, so there's no bedding or anything in them) and my mother has never used stables either so my usual go-to for information is not exactly full bottle on this particular topic.
Any tips, tricks and hints? Ways to make it cheaper and less labor-intensive? She's not the easiest keeper so her feed will have to go way up... I have been very lucky this year with the spring flush of grass so none of my horses have been consistently grained or even fed hay in months. But by how much will her feed go up? I don't want her losing weight. She's right on perfect at the moment for a growing youngster and having her skinny could cause as many issues as having her fat...