My mare turned 26 this year and I'm having trouble getting her to gain a bit more weight, she was sick in late may/early june for a couple of days and lost some fat and muscle and has gained most of it back but I'd like her to be heavier. He ribs are visible but she does have a layer of fat over them and her hindquarters need more cushion, so any advice? She gets senior feed twice a day, but she is very picky so she gets 2 cups of senior mixed with 1/2 cup sweet feed morning and 4 cups mixed with 1 cup sweet feed night and 3/4 cup conola oil at night. She refuses to eat senior feed without the sweet feed. Should I be feeding her more? I am terrified of foundering a horse, and she does eat her grain, but not nearly has interested in it as the other horses she'll eat about half, then eat the rest by alternating between hay and grain. She is fed 3x a day but has constant access to good quality grass hay. Honestly, she's an easy keeper for a horse her age if I look at what she actually does eat, even if she has constant access but does anyone have any tips on getting her to gain more? The vets coming out to float her teeth in about 2 weeks and has been wormed, though to me she doesn't look or act wormy at all. Any advice at all is welcome.
Paige late March:
Paige later June: