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        06-11-2013, 10:04 PM
    Well I gave her 1/2 cup beet pulp and 1 cup oats with the Hoffmans on top. Did better than yesterday but she still only ate about 5 tiny mouthfuls complete with unimpressed head bobbing. Ended up adding another cup of oats but that didnt help. I took away her salt block so we'll see how it goes lol.
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        06-11-2013, 10:28 PM
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    Horses tend to bring out the "Mothering Instict" in us don't they? "Oh my, she didn't eat the 3rd thing I busted my tail putting together this week and she'll starve!" I was sooo guilty of this same thing 2 yrs ago, trying so hard to 'please' my rotund (but very sweet) QH, and now my Morgan - it took a lot of 'diet tweaking' to realise that she may toss that 1st cutting hay all around looking for the 'good stuff', but instead of worrying afterwards that "She'll 'go hungry' if I don't bring her at least a tidbit of the stuff I swore I'd never give her again, and (grain) won't starve after all".....Does this sound familiar? There are probably 100's of forum members who have done the exact same thing until it finally clicked.... "I must, keep my horse's diet as simple as possible for their well-being whether they like it at first or not! Bottom line!". Soooo, as my mares get borderline obese when spring comes, it's this : 1st cutting hay, salt (never take away the salt, btw!), 1 hr/day grazing on sparse grass, (but always in afternoon-sugars are higher in a.m.) and all the crystal clear water they can drink! Win/Win, and here's to healthy horses! Good luck :)
        06-11-2013, 10:43 PM
    The Hoffman's mineral can also be fed as free-choice if you can do that where you are. When I put my horses on it, for the first 3 weeks, they pigged out on it, then scaled back. My horse now eats the recommended amount all on her own, free-choice.

    If you can't go free-choice, I would still dump the oats. Mix it in with a bit of beet pulp. If she wants it fine. If not, let it go - DO NOT give her more feed. You said she's already slightly overweight. Better yet, if when she comes for feeding she is alone for 1/2 hour or more, offer the Hoffman's mineral free-choice for that time. She'll take what she needs.

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