So, we took her off grain (she was eating oats when we acquired her), put a grazing muzzle on her, got her Smartpak EZ Keeper vitamin with Animed Remission top dressing. She eats 2 flakes of hay a day, and grazes with a grazing muzzle for approximately 8 hours. She rarely gets a treat. She was doing pretty well, and then 4 weeks ago, it seems as if she's getting fatter. I am going to weight tape her tomorrow, but I can see her jiggle when she's jogging in the arena and I swear she just looks like she's ballooned out. She is lightly trail ridden and does some arena work, but she's by no means training for a marathon. Maybe she should!
She hasn't been off her routine. I don't know why she LOOKS fatter. I know it is wintertime, but ...
I have had a hard keeper for years, and this pony came with our new home this past April. I have no idea how she winters. I am thinking of adding a Magnesium suppliment to her feed and asking the vet why she's gaining weight when she should be losing.
In the meantime, anyone have any ideas? I read up on IR and Cushings in the summer and I thought she could be a candidate and was planning to test at her annual exam, but I may have her looked at earlier. She does have a cresty neck, but she doesn't have weird fat pockets - she's just ROUND like a barrel! I've never felt her ribs, and I am worried I never will! And she's not lazy at all and likes to run around and go for trail rides. She has really awesome feet, but I am concerned.
Should I just scrap grazing all together? I suppose I could double duct tape her grazing muzzle and turn her out so at least she could hang out with my hard keeper, because he HAS to graze, and he gets stressed now and won't eat very well if she's not in the pasture with him. Do you think that will help?