what should i feed my new 13y 15 2 bay mare, irish draught x thorougbread?
   

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    09-08-2012, 12:41 PM
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what should i feed my new 13y 15 2 bay mare, irish draught x thorougbread?

My husband and I have just embarked on the ownership of this horse and the previous owner said that she just grazed her and brought her in during the day...Tia is slightly overweight and to our dismay on todays hack we found her nappy..nightmare in the last week we've had her we've grazed her from about 5p.m until 8 a.m, brought her in and given her about 3lb of soaked hay...could anybody please advise on any other feed if any?
     
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    09-08-2012, 12:58 PM
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Green Broke
If she is overweight as it is, additional feed (ie grain) is not really advisable. Your best bet is to devise a balanced diet for her and adding exercise to bring her back down to fitness. Limited grazing (and possibly even use of a grazing muzzle) is a good start. What sort of hay are you feeding? What sort of forage is she on in the pasture? A ration balancer can be a good way to make sure she is getting the minerals/vitamins needed without having to add an actual grain feed.
Has she been vetted? There can be underlying issues that contribute to weight problems that are not necessarily related to the amount of feed being consumed and/or that require careful management in what you do feed.
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    09-08-2012, 02:16 PM
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Can we see a picture of her? I am particulary curious because I ride an Irish draught x thbd cross,too, but he is 17hh and huge.
     
    09-08-2012, 10:02 PM
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Trained
Agree with Mac, that if she's fat on her current management, she needs less if any, not more. You could try a grazing muzzle, which should control her grazing well enough that you can let her out full time. This will allow her a bit more exercise too, as horses don't move around much in the night. Putting her hay into a doubled net or other 'slow feeder' may help, as she won't be able to gorge on it. FeedXL.com is a great resource IMO for working out diets & balancing nutrition.
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