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Helping a Mini Loose Weight???

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    12-18-2011, 02:41 PM
I am vehemently opposed to feeding a "handful" of hay per day. That is not enough even for a 32" mini.[QUOTE]

Obviously I didn't mean to only feed that much per day. I suggested pellets and small amounts of hay so the horse doesn't get bored. Ours actually are not particularly interested in their hay, but love their pellets.

If we need to add weight to horses, large or small, then we try to add more hay to their diets.

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    12-18-2011, 02:49 PM
Obviously I didn't mean to only feed that much per day. I suggested pellets and small amounts of hay so the horse doesn't get bored. Ours actually are not particularly interested in their hay, but love their pellets.
Lizzie it might be obvious to you, but many people new to minis will take what you posted literally.

You can feed her a small amount of alfalfa pellets twice a day and a handful of hay to keep her from becoming bored.
I cannot tell you how many farms I have been to over the years that someone told them that; so they literally fed them a handful of hay. Even with a small amount of pellets that is not enough for most minis.

Then they think the big bloated mini means the horse is fat and cut them back even further. Its a horrible circle and it breaks my heart. Because then I have to tell them that they inadvertently starved their mini.

I will say in the 11 years I have had minis, I have seen way more thin ones than overweight. Especially yearlings as people way underestimate what they need to eat to grow properly.

Seems like they are either very thin or obese. Neither situation is good.

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