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        12-20-2012, 11:52 AM
      #11
    Trained
    "There is hay but they eat it ridiculously fast"....there you have the reason. More hay. As easy as that. Lush pasture might be not enough fiber, which would explain them gobbling up the hay so fast. Putting some straw out on pasture might help, if they need it they'll eat it.

    You could talk to the BO, mentioning your concern, tell her/him, you checked out nutritional websites and what you found, and suggest some changes to try to help out the old girl.
         
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        12-20-2012, 12:12 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    "There is hay but they eat it ridiculously fast"....there you have the reason. More hay. As easy as that. Lush pasture might be not enough fiber, which would explain them gobbling up the hay so fast. Putting some straw out on pasture might help, if they need it they'll eat it...
    If I made add, I think these mares are prime candidates for a slow hay feeder system of some sort in their dry lot.

    Also, I'm afraid my story about windsucking isn't particularly positive. I knew a bad one who was an excellent show horse with restricted freedom (which I assume is where he picked up the habit). He was always at it. Eventually, he was sold to a man who put him out in pasture 24/7 - big pasture with other horses (what you'd think would make any horse happy). The gentleman said he would watch that horse leave the herd and grazing many times to head over to a fence and start sucking on a post. As far as I know, the poor gelding never lost that habit.
         
        12-20-2012, 02:12 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Yeah, seen that, too. Unfortunately.
    I didn't mention the slowfeeder net? Shame on me...
         

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