Alright guys, you'll have to excuse me, I'm being a bit of an overprotective 'horse mommy' and worrying my head off...hopefully for no reason at all.
Sour is a 4 1/2 year old miniature horse mare who just foaled a miniature mule filly on 9-11-12. Baby is healthy, happy, and keeping mama on her toes which is great, but I've been watching Sour closely and she's just not where I want her to be.
She isn't necessarily thin...but she's not in the condition that I want her to be. I can't see or feel ribs at all but her hips have lost some of their 'fullness' and she seems to of lost all of her mass around her heart girth so that her elbows seem to stick out strangely. Now I'm aware that this could be because of muscle loss- she was in top condition up until about two months before foaling, then went stationary and is just now being put back into work (she's a driving pony) 2-3 hours a week. I wouldn't be overly worried except for that her coat isn't looking too hot either. She's rarely 'shiny' this time a year- she's a miniature after all, and they get THICK winter coats (she's no exception) but its just really dull and course, as is her mane and tail. She's shedding too which I find really strange...
What am I missing in her diet? She's fed twice a day, morning and evening. I have her on SafeChoice Special Care Horse Feed by Nutrena. She's getting a little more than half a scoop (one pound) of feed twice a day, and is getting two flakes of 1/3 alfalfa 2/3 timothy hay. Like I said, her weight isn't all that bad, just her overall condition, so I don't want to just add more food. Theres obviously something she isn't getting that I'm not thinking of. Should I switch feeds? Add a suppliment?
Yet another problem, she started having loose stool yesterday morning. It isn't diahrrea, just not at its normal consistancy, and its light. Do I call the vet? Wait it out? She might be a bit stressed because I just moved her to a different pen away from another broodmare that was being agressive with her, so I don't know if that has something to do with it?
She's up to date on vaccinations and worming.
Thanks so much guys.