This is a bit of a new one for me, as for 99% of my life, my horses have always been free grazers. I've always battled obesity, not underweight issues. I'm going into a blind panic and Shay-la thinks I'm overreacting, but the idea of having a skinny horse is just absolutely unacceptable to me.
Jynx started looking like HELL in the last few weeks. I know being covered in bites and kicks from the new herd and being filthy because she's white (bathing her is a waste of time, I have a fly sheet on order right now to hopefully alleviate both her dirtiness and her skinniness) isn't helping, but now with her ribs showing I'm just like WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?! All four have lost weight, but for two of them it was needed (Zierra and Justus look amazing), Eve barely lost any and Jynx was already sitting at a good weight. She's gone from 1,000lbs when we dewormed in April, to 938lbs at deworming in July. I know that's not technically a lot, but she was a GOOD weight 60lbs ago. My Arab mare has lost about 100lbs, but she was FATTY MCFATFAT when we came to the new place. If SHE lost another 50lbs, she'd look bad too.
Anyway, here are some pics - she just got dewormed again, her teeth were done a few weeks ago, and I've stopped riding her. She seems to be picking the weight back up, and Shay-la finally hollered and they have two round bales in the pasture now instead of being fed morning hay and evening hay. She's currently eating the following:
2 scoops wet beet pulp (would equal roughly 1/2 scoop dry, which is 2lbs dry)
1 scoop (3lbs) Front Runner Cool Command (Lower Starch)
1/2 scoop (1.5lbs) Front Runner 10% Pleasure Pellet
1 small scoop electrolytes
We're actually working on discontinueing the pleasure pellet, it's just what we were feeding before this started and now I've introduced the Cool Quench and it's the same price, so we're just going to start using that.
She also hasn't grown at all height wise, so a growth spurt isn't the reason.