I have a 15.5hh anglo-arab mare who is 9years old. She is out 24-7 in a lush paddock with one other horse. She went out in April for the first time as due to extreme weather conditions over winter nothing could be out. However such a bad summer last year meant that hay quality and quantity was down. So from November to April she was on "just enough". She is a hard doer anyway so this didnt help the situation.
Now she is out full time I just can't get the weight back on her she has poverty lines on her bum, Ribby etc. She is getting a grass belly but its staying there she is not gaining noticeable amount of weight elsewhere!
She gets ridden 6 times a week for 1hour+ then gets a scoop of non-heating cool and cooked coarse mix.
I only just gave her a 5day worm dose of parazone at 3.75mls for every 100kg of weight.
I will weigh her today and get pictures when I come back in.
IS there anything else I could be doing to encourage the weight gain?? She is quite a hot mare so we try to keep feeds to a minimum.
She is in a non stressful environment I make sure of that but could she possibly have ulcers? How do you know if you have ulcers present also?
Thanks for any advice!