Easy Keeper and Hard Keeper together
I moved to SC and had my hard keeper with me, but the horse property we bought came with a pony. She and my horse are instant pals and love to be together. However, she is FAT. FAT FAT FAT. I try to offer free choice hay, but I'm afraid she's too fat for that, but the hard keeper will just waste away without it. I have them on the pasture now, which has it's own problems I'm trying to combat, so I bought a grazing muzzle for her (she hates it but can't get it off and still manages to eat food). I give probiotics, hoof concentrate, and coat conditioner suppliments with oats and feed for my hard keeper. For her, I've been trying to only give a handful of oats with all the dressings, but often she'll finish hers and rush off to finish his, so I have to stand out there and block her from his feed. I used to gyp them and ride a bit daily when the kids were in school (I got her in April, and she was fat then), but now I'm running around to every kid's activities and she's just fat and not exercising much this month until the kids go to camp next month. How much hay should I feed her?? I take them off the pasture after 6 hours of grazing and put them in a paddock because the pasture is FULL of clover, and they get the slobbers if they're on it too long (still working on fixing the pasture ...). SO ... she goes on pasture for 6 hours with a grazing muzzle, and she gets the suppliments with a few ounces of oats, and then how much hay should I give her? She's a 13.5 hh Welsh/Arab mix, and I don't have weight tape, but I would say she's a body condition of 8.5, maybe 9. She's chubby-ubby, but not lazy. The hay I have is Fescue/Coastal mix. I just purchased a mailing scale to weigh hay and grain, so I am trying to be precise. Any help would be appreciated. I'm worried she will founder if she stays this way! I plan on riding her or at least gypping her daily when I get a more relaxed schedule.