14'2 and 1050 lbs - help

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    09-14-2013, 12:43 AM
14'2 and 1050 lbs - help

I got my mare for free 2 mos ago and she's not broke and she's FAT! She is 1/2 paint and 1/2 QH. She was being fed 12% sweet feed and a round bale to share with 2 other gieldings. Since I have had her she has probably lost 50 lbs. I do ground work with her 5 days a week we longe for about 10 minutes each way and do a walk and trot; and for the last 2 weeks have gotten her used to a saddle. This week I began ponying her for about 20-30 minutes and when I take the saddle off she's soaked and that's just walking. She free grazes on about 12 acres but the grass isn't very good..here in Texas it's just about all dried up where we live. I was giving her about 3 lbs of feed a day and as of today have cut that in half. I don't want her to founder but want to make sure she gets all the nutrients that she needs to stay healthy and still lose weight. My DH picked up purina's senior feed this last go round but I really think she should be on something else. Should I dry lot her? And if so what should her feeding regimen be?
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    09-14-2013, 12:54 AM
A ration balancer, drylot for at least 12 hours of the day, grasshay in a slowfeeder haynet. Don't starve her, but the sweetfeed has to go and some of the pasture for sure. The slowfeeder does just what the name says, feeds them slow. Small holes, they have to work for it. Hay lasts longer so you can feed less of it. Movement is good.
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    09-14-2013, 01:01 AM
What's a good rb?
    09-14-2013, 12:08 PM
Get what you can get reliably. Purina Enrich Plus and Nutrena Empower Balance should be available at any TSC, at least they can order. Or any other Purina or Nutrena dealer. The Empower having probiotics and a longer list vit's and min's . Triple Crown 30% is even better from what I hear, can't comment never used it, it's hard to find here. There are more out there, not necessarily called Ration Balancer. If it's high protein, lots of vit/min and fed at 1-2 lbs daily, it's most likely a RB
I'm pretty pleased with the Nutrena one.
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    09-14-2013, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Triple Crown 30% is even better from what I hear, can't comment never used it, it's hard to find here.
I started using TC30% a few months ago and what you've heard is right, imo!
I thought the change from no RB to Enrich 32 [what I had Lacey on for 2 years, before switching to Triple Crown] was dramatic and wonderful - the switch from Enrich 32 to Triple Crown 30% was just as dramatic and wonderful.

And Miss Lacey thinks it's tastier. Someone's not spoiled...at all. Haha

OP, if you can find Triple Crown 30%, get it. It's often a little more expensive than most of the other RBs out there, but I think the extra $5, or whatever, is worth it. :)
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    09-15-2013, 06:14 AM
You've received good advice already. Keep in mind, though, that if she has Paint/QH halter line breeding in her, 14.2hh and 1050 lbs is not necessarily "fat", I.e. Evaluate her body condition more than her weight. Our halter line mother/daughter are both that size.
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    09-15-2013, 11:13 AM
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Well said, PHM!
Lacey is a Polish-bred Arabian who's 14.1hh and for whom 1,000lbs isn't fat as well. She's very sturdily put together. Haha

The Henneke scale might be beneficial, OP, if you haven't seen it before:

4-6 is "ideal" with 6 sort of walking the "line" - you don't want any fatter than a 6. :)
    09-15-2013, 11:35 AM
This horse is not working even if you think she is. She should be on decent quality hay only until her weight is within a good range. If your hay is good she needs nothing else because horses were designed to live on grasses and not all the supplements people stuff them with.
    09-16-2013, 11:38 AM
I asked in another post about what a RB was, now I see Nutrena Empower listed, and I'm already feeding it.

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