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    07-31-2013, 10:45 PM
Mystery Update

I just wanted to give a report on Mystery's progress. My daughter just called and said she has made a miraculous change, personality wise. She's no longer depressed and despondent. She's prancing and trotting all around the pasture, and nickering when anyone comes out. This is such exciting news for me, and I know she's loving all the attention.
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    08-01-2013, 07:42 PM
That's very exciting! Love when they can work through their sulkyness
    08-01-2013, 07:59 PM
Well, she wasn't so much sulky as depressed and despondent, from being starved for so long, and having no love and attention, and no energy. Thinking about changing feeds now, people are swearing my Safe Choice, and something by Purina that I forgot the name of, and then people are saying that rice bran causes colic. Any response to this?
    08-01-2013, 08:25 PM
Honestly I don't think horses need rice bran. Wouldn't go as far to say it causes colic.

I personally dislike SafeChoice. I much rather you look into Purina or Triple Crown brands.

What is her current diet?
    08-01-2013, 10:16 PM
Rice bran is great for weight gain, and it shouldn't cause colic if introduced slowly, same with any other feed.
    08-01-2013, 10:36 PM
Triple crown for sure is one of the best balanced feeds on the market.
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    08-02-2013, 01:05 PM
I will have to look for the Triple Crown, and get her current weight from my daughter. But, she's definently improving.
She has formed a special attachment to my 8 year old grandson, and drops her head each time he approaches her, so he can pet her.
    08-02-2013, 02:56 PM
Her current diet is rice bran, and M-G Super 12-8, which we plan to begin feeding something else with higher protein. Her current weight is 920, and she's 15'2. Isn't the average weight for a horse around 1000 lbs? Or is it closer to 1200, what should her weight be, for her size.
    08-02-2013, 03:11 PM
Her good weight could vary a lot. I had a 15hh mare who was good a 950, she was very light boned and petite. But my 14.2 mare was better at about 1100 because she was built solid.

Maybe pictures would help, some members have a pretty good idea at how much weight a horse needs to gain based on pictures.
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    08-02-2013, 05:57 PM
This is Mystery on the first day.

This was the day we got her. I've had her 3 weeks.
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