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        05-15-2011, 10:54 PM
    Green Broke
    Shes not getting the recommended amount of Strategy for her size, and on my scoop, a regular feed scoop, 1/2 a scoop would be 1 lb not three. My mare of the same size gets 3/4 of a scoop (1.5 lbs) 2x a day, 1/2 a scoop of beet pulp 2x, a cup of alfalfa pellets 2x a day and 3 flakes of hay a day with 12 hours grazing on a not so great pasture a day to maintain her weight well.
    What bothers me is your girl is losing topline, and should be gaining bc of the amount of work you guys are doing.
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        05-15-2011, 11:20 PM
    I would add a bit more protein, as has been suggested. She probably just isn't getting quite enough protein to equal out the work load, because other than having a little less conditioning than I'd like, she looks great healthwise.
        05-16-2011, 01:29 AM
    Green Broke

    She has lost quite some weight since you got her. If all the riding you are doing she is needing more food..more protien. I woudl get her on some alfamo. It has a lot of protein and it has molasses..the horses loove it. All the horses at my barn are fed it unless they don't need it like my husband's horse. My horse had gotten too thin in the fall time and lost weight in her hips and got a pointy butt. I just fed her free choice hay,alfalfa cubes,rice bran,and I later dropped the bran and free choice hay and kept her on 4 flakes of hay and a handful of alfamo with her supplement...she is a bit chubby. I would take to someone at the feed store and let them know how much you ride and that you compete.
        05-16-2011, 01:34 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    I agree that adding in either alfalfa or hay stretcher pellets would help her out a bit. I think her weight was probably best in the second photo...the first she was a little chubby...

    How long has she been out on the pasture? She may just be picking back up after the winter.
    Gawsh -you would think my horses are total fatties then:) LOL
        05-16-2011, 08:53 PM
    Green Broke
    Her topline probably isn't as great as expected due her being ridden in a gait that requires a hollow back. Thanks for pointing that out; I didn't notice. I guess I have backing and pole trotting to do.

    She's been on pasture for about a month and a half. The grass is up to my knees and as rich as chocolate pudding. Sniffing it makes most horses fat.

    The general consensus seems to be alfalfa. Would cubes work as well? I can get a hold of those easier. However, my friend said that feeding too much protein and then working a horse in hot weather will cause them to have problems cooling themselves. It's frequently in the high 90s or 100s here.

    Also, should I maybe start feeding twice a day? I read the feeding instructions for the Strategy, and she is getting as much as recommended for a horse in a state of maintenance with moderate activity. I could maybe give her an extra two pounds in the afternoon? That would mean she gets about five pounds a day.
        05-16-2011, 09:25 PM
    The understanding I got from looking at the Strategy website is that horses who are not being ridden but are fairly active by themselves in the pasture are the ones that fit the 'maintenance' feeding plans. For a horse that is in moderate under saddle work (I would guess her weight to be around 1000), she should be getting at least 9 pounds a day.

    Alfalfa cubes would work just as well if they are more accessible to you. I would make sure to soak them well before feeding though. I think it was Farmpony that had a horse choke on a cube recently because it hadn't been soaked.
        05-16-2011, 09:31 PM
    Green Broke
    I certainly don't want any choking. I'll be sure to soak them.

    So, it would be nine pounds of feed in addition to the cubes? That sounds like an awful lot. But I'm use to feeding pasture puffs who have problems losing weight, not keeping it on...
        05-16-2011, 09:35 PM
    I would start with just upping her strategy and see if that has any results. If she doesn't start showing marked improvement in a couple of weeks, I would go ahead and get the cubes.

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