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    12-05-2012, 02:49 PM
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I spread hay out in the field in piles so they all have plenty of room around each other though quite often they'll be eating nose to nose quite happily. Because I'm at home I put it out 3x daily now the grass has all gone and this way there seems to be less trashed
Haynets are a good idea if you don't have horses like some of mine who would use them as a means to strangle themselves or get feet caught up in
No way could I leave my stables open for them to go in and out - they get on really great - never kick or bite outside but in a small confined space a lot of horses feel unsafe if they think another horse can get them trapped - primitive instinct maybe - so once the grass is finished or its covered in snow they come in at night so I know each one is getting their fair share without the stress of having to compete with another horse. Unless you are watching them 24/7 you have no idea whats going on
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    12-05-2012, 02:52 PM
Here are some current photos which show her condition. And I misstated her feed amount. She gets 2 scoops twice a day, not 2 lbs. 2 scoops is 4 lbs per feeding.
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    12-05-2012, 03:03 PM
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You should be able to feel ribs not see them - and they are visible even with a winter coat so you're really wise to be getting concerned now as the winter has only just started
Getting worm counts done isnt a bad idea
I'm sorry if I missed it but what was her routine before you brought her home?
    12-05-2012, 03:12 PM
What is she, TB?
    12-05-2012, 03:28 PM
She's a TB - almost 24

Before she came home she was in a dry lot with 4 other horses, fed free choice (round bale). She got 2 lbs pelleted feed twice per day in the summer, 4 lbs twice per day winter.

And if I had it to do again I would not set my barn up the same way. The stalls open up onto the paddock. As a first time barn builder and never having horses at home I did not think about them crowding into one stall. Seems like it should have been pretty darn obvious now. They get along and usually don't crowd one another, but I don't like it, and it will be fixed. Right now the stalls are the only shelter.
    12-05-2012, 04:01 PM
I need to add that she came home in April, stayed in good weight on pasture and was supplemented with 4 lbs pelleted feed daily. (1 2lb scoop 2x per day). It's just the last month her weight has dropped. I have over the past two weeks graduated her up to 4 lbs per feeding.

I'm also going to move the hay into the pasture to see if that helps.
    12-05-2012, 04:41 PM
Get her a good senior feed! I swear by Nutrena Life Design Senior.

Don't know the set up of your stalls, but would it be possible to remove part of the divider wall(s), preferably towards the back, closed side? That way there is an escape way in case one gets trapped, and it can be easily closed if you need it to be single stalls.
    12-05-2012, 05:00 PM
I'll check on senior feed as well. I think I should have started upping the feed as soon as the grass got sketchy to prevent the weight loss in the first place.

Neither one had eaten much hay when I checked on them at lunch, they were both out in the pasture. What Jaydee said about the stalls is probably right, and maybe they just would be more comfortable eating outside.

My stalls have solid walls, no dividers. There's trees for shelter in the adjoining pasture, so the quick fix will be to just shut them out of the stalls when that fence is completed in a few weeks, then bring them in to feed and when the weather is bad.
    12-05-2012, 06:00 PM
They for sure are more comfy eating outside. Mine only come in in summer for the insects and otherwise when it's raining cats and dogs. They don't even go in to get out of the wind.
    12-05-2012, 06:00 PM
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Its really hard to know how horses will react to things, I have a friend who spent a lot of money on a superb field shelter for her two cobs and they have never set foot inside it in 3 or 4 years. She's in the UK where its really wet so they need a dry place to stand and lie down at night so she's now had stables built and shuts them in at night - now all happy as she had one that was getting too fat and one that was losing weight - easy to see what was happening there!!!

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