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    12-11-2011, 12:12 PM
Well, just over the weekend, one of the more dominant mares has been moved and hopefully the hay situation is now better.

Also, because the fat supplement has been "recalled" there is another one that we had to get and it has more fat (25% compard to 14%), I'm told, and so I'll decrease that down to 1/4 scoop each feeding which is like 1.25 lbs. So, she'll go from 10 lbs per feeding to 6.25 or so.

And, I'll have her get more hay at night. Unfortunately, that'll cost more.

I don't blanket her. I've tossed the idea around, thinking that she'll conserve some energy if her heat is conserved but I am skeptical that blanketing will cause her to get overheated and then chilled. She has a wooly thick coat. I don't think the B.O.s check underneath everyone's blanket to see if anyone is sweating so I think adding a blanket might complicate things.
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    12-16-2011, 04:56 PM
Another agreeing with the rest. It sounds like the horse needs more hay & less grain. If there're a bunch of horses out together & no grass, there should be at least 2 areas of hay - round bales, feeders, hay nets... Sounds like you need to learn a bit about horse's digestion and natural feeding.

Your BO is right to be concerned about laminitis, as that's a risk of feeding that sort of diet, especially when only in 2 large infrequent feeds. Colic, hind gut acidosis and ulcers are among other problems caused by feeding too much grain/starch. It could well be the amount/infrequency of feeding the grain that is causing her weight problems too, as the quantity of lactic acid that is produced kills off much of the bacteria needed for digesting the food. Therefore, with insufficient bacteria, the horse cannot properly digest subsequent meals. Therefore, she is effectively starving.

To the person who said equine senior is not a grain, you're right, but most pelleted feeds are high in grain & starch, so while not being quite as difficult to digest as whole grains, they can be similar in effect. They also often use all manner of ingredients as bulk - Purina senior uses wheat middlings and peanut hulls... very nutritious! and quality of ingredients aren't regulated.
    12-16-2011, 05:00 PM
My hard-keepers get 9 lbs a day divided into three feeding and mixed with beet pulp. I would definitely look into the beet pulp, as that is a lottt of grain for one day.
    12-16-2011, 05:03 PM
Erm, why is grain cheaper than hay??? For a 100 lb bale of hay, maybe 18 dollars, but 50 lb of grain is like 25 dollars. Why don't you take away 6 lbs of grain, and add 10 lbs of grass and alfalfa hay, and a bit of beet pulp?

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