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    11-02-2012, 03:54 PM
Green Broke
Haha they are all piggys but submissive piggys. And that is why a roundbale hasn't gone out yet lol waiting on the nets. If we put a round out without a net those buggers would sleep in it and eat until their bellies explode lol.
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    11-02-2012, 03:58 PM
I don't blame them
    11-02-2012, 04:01 PM
Green Broke
So how slowly do I have to introduce alfalfa pellets? The bugger has a stomache of steel I swear, from all those years eating hay bailed from ditches and everything that came with it.

She has had alfalfa before. Usually just thrown a flake nightly for a week this summer when we were given some. She didn't have a problem then.
    11-02-2012, 04:09 PM
I'd throw in a handful, soaked and up it over about a week, 10 days to full ration, just to be on the safe side.
    11-02-2012, 04:10 PM
Green Broke
Hopefully she eats the pellets alot better than the cubes. She used to spit those out after they were soaked and shreaded.
    11-02-2012, 04:59 PM
Another reason to start only with a handful
    11-02-2012, 05:02 PM
Green Broke
Hehe I trained her like my dog, when I point at it and say eat it, she will. She might give me dirty looks but she will eat it. But I gave up on the cubes because I had to break them apart and it was all gross messy for me and she didn't like them so no reason to continue that mess.

I think I need some sort of nutrition degree to manage this.
    11-02-2012, 06:14 PM
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Oh, a thing I remembered about sunflower meal - it gives a lot of "slow" energy, so it is good to keep horses warm if they are prone to dropping weight in lower temperatures or just because. If I were responsible of your mare, I'd really try it. :)
    11-02-2012, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
I googled it but can't find where to get it. I found its a new thing in the us so it might be hard to get.
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    11-02-2012, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
Here are some pictures from today. So she isn't really thin just that she cannot lose any weight at all. And her fuzzies are deceiving even though she is blanketed every night for the last two months it doesn't stay flat.
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