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    06-25-2012, 11:58 AM
Green Broke
Weight gain?

It has been just over a week that my mare has been on a new diet. I feel like she has gained some weight but since I see her everyday it's hard to tell. So what do you all think?

The first two pictures are from a few weeks ago and the last 4 are from Saturday.

I know she still has a worm belly which should start going away now and she still needs muscle development. I am mostly concerned with weight gain right now.

Oh yea and that last picture her feet look uber weird. She was starting to move and the camera caught a weird angle.
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    06-25-2012, 01:49 PM
I don't see much difference in weight. In all the pictures she looks the perfect weight. I wouldn't put her on a diet.
    06-25-2012, 01:54 PM
Green Broke
She's on a diet to gain weight. The vet put her at a body score of 3. She needs significant fat/muscle over her hips and rear end and her topline needs quite a bit of work. Her ribs stick out way to much. It's hard to see her ribs in the pictures because she's white.

I just think she has put a bit more weight on her hips but I could just be seeing things as I am constantly checking for any gain.
    06-25-2012, 02:01 PM
I can definitely see a difference I would keep up with what you are doing -- only thing I can add is to get a weight tape -- because it is so hard to see the weight when it is going on a tape will help you to be sure you are going in the right direction. It's been super helpful for us trying to put weight on our mare.
    06-25-2012, 02:05 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by EnglishElegance    
I don't see much difference in weight. In all the pictures she looks the perfect weight. I wouldn't put her on a diet.
She is definitely NOT at the perfect weight. She needs to gain a couple more hundred pounds.

She looks like she's coming along well! What are you feeding her?
    06-25-2012, 02:09 PM
Green Broke
Thank you guys. Glad I'm not the only one. Her current feeding schedule:
3lbs safe choice
30cc Red cell

3lbs safe choice
30cc Red cell
2oz of daily dewormer
1/3oz MSM

Along with about 20-30 lbs of hay and put on pasture when available. Her feed is slowly being upped until its at 10 lbs a day.

She also had to go through a Panacur powerpac for the worms. And I will hopefully get a weight tape soon, I keep forgetting when I go to the feed store.
    06-25-2012, 02:12 PM
Green Broke
Could you try adding some beet pulp to her feed? Soak a couple handfuls a feeding and she could pack on the pounds even faster.
    06-25-2012, 02:16 PM
Green Broke
Right now her feeding plan is all advised from the vet. So I don't really want to change anything just yet. I am to check back with the vet in a month, so if her weight gain isn't what it should be then her feed will possibly be changed. And since I can only get her to have two feedings a day I don't want to put to much in one feeding. But that will be a possiblity for winter, as I am not sure how she will keep weight.
    06-25-2012, 02:17 PM
She looks the same to me but gaining weight doesn't happen over night. The more free choice hay you can offer the better. I'd introduce beet pulp into her diet as well. Maybe a pound, weighed dry, soaked and fed along with her grain slowly increasing to two pounds per feeding. Fats also help (soybean oil, sunflower seeds, rice barn, flax seeds)

You are on the right track though.
    06-25-2012, 03:13 PM
Green Broke
Thank you for the suggestions. If she gets too hot I may have to talk to the vet about switching feeds sooner. After yesterdays little stunt she is certinly feeling better and will be put back into work 5 days a week. And yes the vet said there is no reason to not work her as I was. I just wanted to wait until she was feeling better as she had been very lethargic. But she now thinks that she is 4 again and can run the fastest.

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