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        09-05-2010, 11:40 PM
    Can you get pictures of your mare?

    True free choice QUALITY hay is the real KEY. By free choice I mean, I offer a second cut round bale 50/50 grass alfalfa and when it get low (approx 150-200 pounds of round bale left) I place a new fresh bale out. Rule of thumb, If I wouldn't put the hay in MY mouth, they don't have to eat it. (Most people think free choice, round bale and they have to eat it until everything is gone - truth is the last 100 or more pounds is nasty and they shouldn't be required to eat it. Or free choice with squares, they pick threw and leave a lot. Free choice means WASTE a LOT of hay!)

    Secondly I feed a mixture of a complete feed Senior feed, soaked beet pulp and/or soaked alfalfa cubes, a little rice bran, Nutrena Safechoice or another high fiber low sugar feed.

    Thoroughbreds require something like a mix of this that amounts to literally a 5 gallon bucket TWICE daily. About half for the other breeds.

    If you're not already, get free choice hay going first of all.

    Secondly the feed you are feeding is good but you'll need to offer more. Three "cups" of beet pulp is honestly not doing anything, literally might as well not be feeding it. Two-Three QUARTS twice daily is more appropriate.
    Depending on your scoop size on the Senior feed? I would feed TWO 3 QUART scoops of Senior feed twice daily. With the 1 3qt scoop soaked beet pulp. If you can, 3 cups of rice bran as well twice daily, maybe ad a 3qt scoop or two of soaked alfalfa cubes fed separately (like a "lunch snack"). Up her feed slowly over 3 or so days to this amount. I typically just start my rescues out right the heavy feeding right away and I've never had colic issues but I suppose I'll suggest a slower increase over three days :)
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        09-07-2010, 12:07 PM
    Green Broke
    Ok, now I have some pics. Finally took them today. Everytime I went out there I forgot my phone. I finally weighed my bucket and grain this morning. I am feeding her approximatley 10lbs of grain and beet pulp in one feeding. As far as free choice hay, unfortunatley I don't have access to do that. When I do feed tho, I put extra hay out. Always. The grain I am feeding her has all what you said to put into my grain. It's Nutrena Safechoice Senior. It has beet pulp in it but I add my own soaked. Let me know what you think on the pics and the feeding. Thank you so much
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        09-07-2010, 12:44 PM
    I would think the grain you're feeding is sufficient. However you HAVE to get more hay in her to get her to gain weight. Free choice hay, free choice pasture. If you absolutely cannot I would start feeding a lot of soaked alfalfa cubes and continue giving at least the amount of hay that you are.
        09-07-2010, 12:54 PM
    Green Broke
    She doesnt really like the alfalfa cubes. I tried that once before. I did try alfalfa pellets. ????? She ate those because they mixed better with her grain. Is the amount I am giving her enough for a daily feeding? 10lbs?
        09-07-2010, 04:06 PM
    I would try using some alfalfa pellets again, I would say one big thing is that you should try splitting up her feedings into more feedings. It's no different than it healthier for us to eat one large portion per day or three smaller portions. I believe 10lbs of grain would be enough, but possibly not to put weight on. I would try 3 feedings of 5 lbs, but that may not be possible to get to her 3 times a day. After having weight on I believe you could cut down to about 3lbs per feeding at 3 times per day. But this really, really, really depends on how much hay she is getting as well. Neither safechoice nor beetpulp is a complete feed so she definitely needs hay as well. I feed our horses roughly 15-20lbs of hay per day each.

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