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!