Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Berry, Australia
• Horses: 0
Fattening up a skinny pony
Hi everyone. The miniature we just bought is a little on the skinny side and I need some advice on how to fatten him up safely without the risk of laminitis. He is on a 1/4 acre paddock, and since hes been here its now all been pretty much eaten off. I would like to let him out on the rest of the property, which is another 1 and a half acres, but our grass is looking really lush at the moment. Its not that long, but its spring here so its all booming. Ive heard the safer times are to let them on it before 10am and then late in the afternoon? but im terrified of him getting laminitis and I was thinking keeping him in his nearly bare paddock and feeding hay would be the better idea. Ive heard if you soak lucerne in warm water for 60 minutes it greatly reduces the sugar content. If i were to give him say half a biscuit morning and night, would this be safe? Ive also heard adding oil to their feed is a good way to fatten them up aswell. Can anyone confirm on that? what type of oil is the best?
Thanks so much for any advice, we are new to this, so any advice is gold to us!
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