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post #1 of 3 Old 07-10-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Mare gains weight then falls off??

My mare will be looking all good and filled out and then fall back off to where you can see ribs? I can't figure out why because she always gets the same amount of feed and the feild is the same as always. She did just run out of hay but i'm getting some in this week. Any ideas as to why she's doing this?? Thanks
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How old is she? Do you ride her? When was her last vet exam? Deworming regularly? So many unknowns to even offer a guess. It's odd that her weight goes up and down if feed program remains the same.
Hopefully she has good pasture when she ran out of hay.
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My horse looses weight in the summer. She gets fed regularly, and has a perfectly fine weight in the winter but suddenly when the summer starts she just looses all of it to the point where her ribs are just barely showing. I usually give her some extra beet pulp or soaked alfalfa cubes in the summer, as well as letting her graze as much as possible so she doesn't loose any more weight, but I think it just kind of happens to some horses.. Some horses are easy keepers, and some are hard. You can try feeding some sort of supplement, but if you're really worried about it then maybe talk to your vet. Also like Dustbunny said, there are a lot of factors that could be taken into account as to why she's losing it.
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