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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
congratulations on the new mare! How overweight is she? Do you have pictures?
For now, I would keep her only in your dry lot. It is good that you have one, because you will need it. She doesn't need any hard feed at all, just a decent quality local grass hay. Give her about 2% of her ideal weight in hay...so if she is 250 lbs but needs to weigh 225, give her 4 1/2 - 5 lbs of hay daily. Break that up into giving her 1/2 of that in the morning and 1/2 at night. If possible, buy yourself a slow feeder net so she feels like she is getting more than she really is, and to help her digestion. If you think she will need it, buy her a supplement with vitamins and minerals in it such as Sho Glo (at tractor supply) and give her half of a measure of that daily. She may eat it by itself (pellets) but if she doesn't, get some grass hay pellets (orchard or timothy) and just mix it with a handful of soaked grass pellets. She'll think she's getting grain o.-
She shouldn't need anything else, but you may have to change the amount of hay she gets periodically.
If you do let her eat lawn grass, make sure you NEVER put pesticides on it, and that there is nothing poisonous to her growing. Only let her graze for about an hour daily, if that.
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