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    05-27-2012, 10:58 PM
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Weanling
Char's diet: need advice.

Char is between 20-25 years old, she just had a filly on the 22nd (I got her in January and no one suspected she was preg, previous owners family didn't tell the ranch that rescued her it was a possibility.)

She was ridiculously skinny to begin with, gigantic shark fin and ribs all over. Now that she's had the filly her hips are protruding even more and her spine is more visible. The stable owners advised me to get her on a high fat diet to help her pack more weight on. Right now she's getting:

1.5 scoop senior pellets
1 scoop thoroughbreed pellets
1 scoop mare and foal pellets
1 scoop mixed grains
And hay

I think she said they give Char this 2-3 times a day. Have any of you worked with emaciated mares? PLEASE make suggestions! I am very new to horse ownership and horses in general. I want to get (and keep) both of my girls healthy.
     
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    05-27-2012, 11:03 PM
  #2
Yearling
What kind of hay is she getting and how much?

I remember reading somewhere about having her teeth done? Have you checked for ulcers?

You could also look into some kind of supplements as well. SmartPak has great products and great customer service.
     
    05-27-2012, 11:05 PM
  #3
Weanling
That is a good question. It's included in my boarding so I don't know what kind of plants it's made up of. I know it's a rectangle bale and one of the other boarders bought 8 extra bales for her as a kind of "baby shower" gift. I'll ask the stable owner when I go tomorrow.
     
    05-28-2012, 12:12 AM
  #4
Started
Relax. It is impossible to make any informed dietary changes when we don't know know what products and how,much of each is being fed. A ”scoop” can weigh as little as 1# or much as 3#. Is she getting 4.5# of feed ar each feeding or closer to 10#? How many feedings a day? It's tough to build up a,nursing mare but keep hay in front of her 24/7 and offer her concentrates in small (3# max) meals 5-6 times a day. Foals typically start checking out momma's feed bucket by 2 Weeks of age. Encourage her to eat her own feed by hanging a bucket chest high right next to mom's . Throw just a handful of feed in it. Build her up and she should be eating about 1/2# a meal by the end of her first month. Any feed she eats is that much less she will take from her dam. She should already be gumming hay.
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    05-28-2012, 12:41 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
Relax. It is impossible to make any informed dietary changes when we don't know know what products and how,much of each is being fed. A ”scoop” can weigh as little as 1# or much as 3#. Is she getting 4.5# of feed ar each feeding or closer to 10#? How many feedings a day? It's tough to build up a,nursing mare but keep hay in front of her 24/7 and offer her concentrates in small (3# max) meals 5-6 times a day. Foals typically start checking out momma's feed bucket by 2 Weeks of age. Encourage her to eat her own feed by hanging a bucket chest high right next to mom's . Throw just a handful of feed in it. Build her up and she should be eating about 1/2# a meal by the end of her first month. Any feed she eats is that much less she will take from her dam. She should already be gumming hay.
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I am extremely new to all of this, It's about 10lbs per feeding. The Mare & Foal formula is blue seal, the senior and Thoroughbred had been from a local tack shop, white bags, unsure of where they came from. Before we knew about the foal (which was only 12 hours before she birthed) she was getting 5lbs pellets and grain twice a day and hay and the pellets I had been getting were dumor equistages. Thank you both for the prompt replies. I'm going back to the stables tomorrow and I'll ask more questions.

Edit note: The filly already kicks apart the hay piles and tries to gum it. She's also been caught with her head in mom's grain/pellet buckets more than a few times.
     
    05-28-2012, 03:26 AM
  #6
Trained
I'd be definitely feeding her smaller meals more frequently for a start, especially as they sound high starch/grain. I'd cut down on that sort of stuff in favour of high forage/fibre & high fat diet. Alfalfa, soy hulls, ricebran, full fat soy, sunflower seeds, etc are the types of ingredients that I'd be going with.

That filly will be taking a lot from her, and re nutrition, if the mare hasn't got high enough levels for both of them, they will both go lacking, but especially the mare, as it'll come from her reserves into the milk. Studies have shown that horses on high forage diets have richer milk than those on high grain diets.

I would personally be consulting a nutritionist for their advice, considering you have 2 horses to worry about.
     
    05-28-2012, 10:30 AM
  #7
Weanling
Thank you all again.
     

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