How Do i get weight on my 23yr old mare

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    04-30-2012, 12:40 PM
Question How Do i get weight on my 23yr old mare

I have a 23yr old QH mare about 15.6hh . She has no health problems but I cannot get any weight on her. She is on Sentenial senior feed 1 scoop 2wice a day and 3 flakes of hay in the morning and in the evening . She also gets about 3-4 hours of grazing and is ridden for about an hour a day because she is in good health. Her poop is a good color and thickness.She has been wormed and has all her shots. I just need to know a good way to fatten her up a bit? Thank you
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    04-30-2012, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
What type of hay are you feeding her? Is there hay left over when you go out to serve her next meal?
    04-30-2012, 12:44 PM
I know that with my 1 older horse... he is 20 ... I have had to up his grain ration and I also added a pelleted hay to his feed. This is helping him put back on weight.
    04-30-2012, 12:48 PM
Originally Posted by themacpack    
What type of hay are you feeding her? Is there hay left over when you go out to serve her next meal?

I have her on Grass / alfla hay I grow at home .. and there is no hay left over at her next meal
    04-30-2012, 12:52 PM
Well how underweight is she? Can you post pics?
    04-30-2012, 01:00 PM
Have you checked her teeth lately?
    04-30-2012, 01:06 PM
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    04-30-2012, 04:38 PM
I see so many describe how they feed; hay by the flake, grain or supplements by the scoop, but the actual amount as in the amount being fed by weight is what is most helpful. If your mare's ideal weight is 1,000 lbs., then whatever she's receiving needs to be addressed, in my opinion, by the amount you're feeding by weight. A flake can weigh anywhere from a pound to several lbs., for instance.

If she's cleaning up all of her hay between meals, I would think she requires more hay, or free choice hay. If the scoop you're describing holds 2 lbs. Of senior feed, for instance, you may need to double that amount for a senior who is being ridden even lightly every day. I feed by weight because it's the only way to get what the horse needs into them, and after you're using to weighing feed, whether it's hay or supplemental stuff, you get a good feel for it in no time, and no longer need a scale to go by.

If she's not wadding hay or dropping grain, her teeth are probably ok.

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