Skinny Nursing Mare - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 26 Old 07-21-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,337
• Horses: 1
Sky had only ever eaton grass hay before I bought her. I planned on keeping it that way since, at the time, grass was cheaper than alfalfa and if that's what she was used to, I saw no reason to change it. Well, one day I show up to buy hay and the grass looked just awful. It was complety yellow on the outside, so I refused to buy it and got alfalfa instead. Even when the grass hay looked better, apparently there was a huge shortage and the price of grass passed the price of alfalfa. Here in Az I pay $15 a bale for grass and Alfalfa is about $12. So anyway, I chose to continue feeding alfalfa, until her face slowly started to break out in sores. It got so bad that the hair around her mouth and eyes started to come off in chunks. That's when I had the vet out who filled me in on the problem (I had never heard of photosensativity before that). He said to switch her back to grass only, and that's what she's eaten ever since.

Oh and it's Bermuda grass.
Whisper22 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 26 Old 07-21-2012, 09:11 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 10,583
• Horses: 12
Originally Posted by Whisper22 View Post
Ok, so I stuffed a half barrel full of hay and left it in her pen for her. Half the bale wouldn't fit, only about a quarter. Our grass hay just explodes when the baling twine is cut, so if it stayed in nice little packed flakes, I might have been able to fit half the bale lol. I decided to take some pictures to show that I do value this forum and the advice that I get.
Here's the barrel, looking a mess because Sky immediately stuck her face in it and pulled a whole bunch out. I read that she will probably eat it all pretty fast but the longer she's supplied with constant hay, she should slow down. That's the hope anyway, for the sake of my family being able to eat.
She'll probably Hoover that grass pretty quickly the first couple of days but she should slow down soon. MAN! I miss those gorgeous bales of Bermuda that I used to get in AZ! I forgot when I said a half bale, that you guys get 100+ pound bales, I was thinking in terms of our 50 lb ones.

Can you post a side on pic of your mare so we can see what we're trying to fill out? It will help because sometimes they drop a few pounds and we think they look ghastly when it's really not that bad. Or sometimes they look ghastly and we think they're ok......

Dreamcatcher Arabians is offline  
post #23 of 26 Old 07-24-2012, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,337
• Horses: 1
Sorry it took me a couple days, but here are a couple pictures from yesterday.
Her ribs don't look like they're trying to bust out, but her spine does. She has no topline right now.

Whisper22 is offline  
post #24 of 26 Old 07-24-2012, 08:13 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: california
Posts: 5,520
• Horses: 0
she will be a knock out when you get her fat!. The foal looks to be in great shape and she has a little fat roll on her side. She still needs some groceries
but it looks like with the free choice hay , some corn oil or canola oil, and the supplements she should start to put on weight, especially when that baby starts to eat more on its own. Bermuda hay has a good protein level. I have bermuda pastures, as the type of grass is different then the lawn variety . Grazing bermuda is a good feed. I only get hay in 100-110 lb bales. keep doing the same thing and dont get to exasperated, its easy for a horse to drop weight and hard to put it back on.. (sigh) wish I had that problem!!
stevenson is online now  
post #25 of 26 Old 07-25-2012, 01:06 AM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 10,583
• Horses: 12
She's not looking too bad and with you upping her feed and grass hay, she should pick up fairly quickly. As the baby gets a little older, 4 mos, you can start pulling her off for a few hours at a time to prepare for weaning. That will help her not lose it all to lactation as well.

Dreamcatcher Arabians is offline  
post #26 of 26 Old 07-25-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,337
• Horses: 1
Good, it's nice to hear she's not too terribly skinny.
I am giving her coconut oil but I don't know if it's really making much of a difference. I read somewhere that it's good for putting weight on a horses topline. I bought a gallon of Cocosoya just before she foaled and it made her really shiny. I have to order it though so I switched to just coconut oil I can buy from the store, but I wonder if there's an oil that would help her more, or does it matter?
Whisper22 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What To Use To Keep Biting Flies Off Nursing Mare's Udder countryryder Horse Health 2 05-22-2012 09:13 AM
Nursing Mare Trish2010 Horse Health 8 03-18-2010 10:14 AM
Preg/nursing mare supplements? Appyt Horse Nutrition 2 01-22-2010 11:09 PM
Nursing Mare severely under weight AKPaintLover Horse Health 3 05-07-2009 08:25 AM
Is this mare to skinny? Painteddreamfarm Horse Health 14 03-12-2009 09:28 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome