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    01-15-2009, 10:43 PM

Hey all. I just joined last week, and have since had my vet out to determine whether my horse was actually in foal. We found out that she is not, which I am a little disappointed about. However, after the initial disappointment, I am really relieved and know that everything happens for a reason.

My boyfriend's and my thoughts were confirmed that Annie is on the thin side and could definitely benefit from a little weight gain. Actually, this is my guess as to why the pregnancy didn't "take." Anyways, she is only 2 1/2 yrs. Old and still growing at 15.2 hh. I was really feeling a little overwhelmed with the idea of getting a tall, gangly, still-growing, pregnant, young mare to not only maintain, but gain, weight. Now I know her body won't be overstressed by pregnancy combined with maturing.

I am giving her 1/4 to 1/3 of a bale of alfalfa, 1/4 bale of timothy, and about a half gallon (by volume) of corn each day. (I know feed should be measured by weight, not volume...does anyone have a rough idea of how much a half-gallon of whole kernel corn feed weighs?) This was all ok'd by my vet. I am a little paranoid about feeding corn, as I have heard all sorts of bad things that can happen if too much is fed. I am leaning on the conservative side because of this, but the more calories I can give her the better, especially since it's so cold here right now. Any suggestions as to how much I can safely give her? Since I don't have a scale, by volume would be great. Thanks!
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    01-15-2009, 10:50 PM
It would benefit her if you could feed her a grain with added vitamins and minerals. Most pelleted feeds and sweet feeds will give your horse much better nutrition than just corn.
    01-15-2009, 10:56 PM
I've tried both, and she won't touch either. :) The only one she'll have is alfalfa pellets, but I already have a large supply of alfalfa in bale form. She also won't even consider apples, carrots, etc. The reason I'm using corn right now is because she apparently had it where she lived before, and loves it. I left her with an enriched sweet feed pellet mix overnight in her stall, and she left it. I find that odd, but I have heard of picky horses.

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