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post #1 of 31 Old 05-08-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Worried about my mare gaining weight...

Okay here is the story: (sorry kinda long)

My horse started losing weight pretty quickly so I called the vet out. The vet came out and said she had worms. She did a check up on her said she was a 3.5 out of 5. Said her teeth were good and everything else checked out fine as well, wormed her, then left (After telling me to worm her again in 3 weeks and to keep her on a worming schedule every 3 months). This was on April 20th.

She is on pasture 24/7. She gets half quart of rice bran in the morning and the other half at night. Salt block access 24/7 and of course water 24/7. Today my next door neighbor came over to me while I was grooming her and said she looks pitiful. I said to him that the vet came out and checked her. He said that I need more land for her, even though the vet said that I have enough land for two horses!? (I have 2.5 acres, with a barn she can go in and out of).

Now I'm worried about my horse because my neighbor is probably going to start complaining that I'm starving my horse!? Should she have already started gaining weight by now? If not, when will she start gaining? Ugh..so worried now. I have to worm her again in about 3 or 4 more days. Thanks for reading, please tell me your opinions. The first picture is before she lost any weight, the rest are when she did lose weight.
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post #2 of 31 Old 05-08-2012, 06:13 PM
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Does she not get any hay? The grass she is on does not look like very good grass to sustain a horse on...
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She does look like she is loosing quite a bit of weight there. I also noticed in the pictures that although there is a LOT of vegetation in that field, there is very very little actual grass to feed on. Is that where she grazes? If it is, that might be the problem. You may need to supplement her with hay and then seed that field. If you put enough grass seed in, it will eventually choke out all the other stuff so that you have only the grass.

Also I would give it a good look over to make sure none of that stuff is something toxic to horses. If she's eating something that is not so good for her, it will also make her loose weight or eventually get sick.
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post #4 of 31 Old 05-08-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to start buying orchard square bales for her, starting tomorrow. I am moving her to another pasture this weekend that is 5 acres. Let me go take a pic of it right now.
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This field is a lot bigger than the pic, but this is all orchard and timothy grass. Is this okay to put her in?
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That looks a bit better. Double check those bushes for thorns etc and walk it once to make sure there isn't anything dangerous in it and the fencing is in good repair. That looks like the field my Cinny was in when he became obese in a couple weeks LOL.
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That looks a bit better. Double check those bushes for thorns etc and walk it once to make sure there isn't anything dangerous in it and the fencing is in good repair. That looks like the field my Cinny was in when he became obese in a couple weeks LOL.
Hahah thank you. I definitely will feel better when she gets back up to a 5.
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Putting grass seed down won't "choke out" the weeds. You need to actually get rid of the weeds in order for the grass to grow.
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Putting grass seed down won't "choke out" the weeds. You need to actually get rid of the weeds in order for the grass to grow.

I was just thinking about tilling the old pasture she is in right now and then buy a bag of pasture seed from TSC to grow in it. Meanwhile while all that is growing she can stay in the 5 acre land.
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post #10 of 31 Old 05-08-2012, 06:40 PM
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Putting grass seed down won't "choke out" the weeds. You need to actually get rid of the weeds in order for the grass to grow.
that's the way our gardener does it all the time. Adds seed every week and after about 4-6 months, no more weeds. Pretty much EVERYONE here in Nebraska does there lawn and fields that way.
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