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post #1 of 10 Old 12-10-2012, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question You think she should eat a bit more?

My mare, last year she hardly needed hay over winter. I'm wondering if she seems a bit thin this winter.
She's a little pissy because the pony didn't get out of her way. I was in his way.

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-10-2012, 10:14 PM
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Looks fine to me =)
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-11-2012, 12:02 AM
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she looks fine, but it never hurts to feed em up a little... I prefer mine get fed a little more to avoid them losing weight in the winter months, as they use alot more energy trying to stay warm- to me thats easier than letting them lose a little and then having to fight to get the weight back on.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-11-2012, 06:12 PM
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Agree with others that she looks fine. Disagree very much with Pepper that it 'never hurts to feed em up' though. Horses, like people, can indeed afford to put on extra weight & stay healthy, but retaining 'good condition' long term without regular 'hard seasons' to use up those fat stores can very much hurt us, in the form of type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance & in horses this is a common cause of laminitis.
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I agree with Loosie. She doesn't need any more weight. At most, she looks like she could benefit from an exersize program to build up some muscle mass, but her weight is good.

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-11-2012, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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She's mainly a pasture puff, so yea, there's little muscle other than w/o she does herself on the mountain.
When I first got her 2 years ago.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-12-2012, 01:04 PM
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obviously if your horse is 100+ pounds overweight, feeding them up isn't going to do them any justice.. that's just common sense:)

Me personally, I like my horses going into winter with a little fat over their ribs. Obviously I want to be able to feel the ribs, but I am more comfortable having to work a little to feel for them when my horses are outside in all sorts of wet cold weather.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 05:01 AM
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How old is she?
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 08:43 AM
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She looks good, maybe just a little extra hay since thats how they stay warm(digesting long forage) Small regular feedings are better then two big meals if you can manage it.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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How old is she?
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I thought she turned 20, based on what the previous owner said her age was when I bought her. But when I filled in her info on the Bard section, I found out she's only 18yrs & 8mo!

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