I bought my mare May 6th. She was underweight at the time (you could see her ribs easily), but she was only getting hay and was at the bottom of the pecking order, so I didn't think it would be too much trouble to put weight on her. The vet also noted in the prepurchase exam that she would need her teeth done soon.
Picture at the time (it's hard to see the ribs in that one since she still has winter coat, but anyways...):
She got her teeth done (plus all her shots) on June 2nd (that was the earliest I could get for an appointment). I had the vet do a fecal egg count too and she advised me of what wormer to use based on that (I wormed her on June 9th-> I have to take a second sample in a few days to confirm it was effective).
I've worked her up to getting in grain: 5 lbs (wet weight) of beet pulp and 2 lbs of Matrix Fat smart pellets (although the feed store was out so I replaced it with 2lbs of Matrix MV balancer for this week) per day.
The barn owner gives her pretty much as much hay as she'll eat (it's hard to tell how exactly how much she eats since one of her favourite activities is pulling it out of her tub, walking it into the mud, and then eating it
). It's rare to not have some avaliable to her though. As is typical for the area, the hay is low in protien.
I thought she would have gained the weight she needs by now, but she hasn't, you can still see her ribs just as easily. She is otherwise happy, healthy and energetic.
I measured her today at 15.1 hands and 900 lbs.
Pictures from today:
She is in light work (20-30 minutes per day, a few days a week). Mostly walking and trotting to try to build up her topline.
I've tried giving her more beet pulp but she doesn't really like it and won't finish much more than I give her now. I might be able to convince her to eat a bit more though if I mix in more pellets with it though.
Any advice to what she's missing? Do I just need to wait a little longer? Should I up the amount of pellets? How much more weight do you think she needs ? ????