Firstly, Beau(gray OTTB gelding) and Epona(Belgian draft mare) have been gradually increased in their grazing time to five hours. ...that is the maximum grazing time we planned on giving them. The rest of the time they are on dry lot. Epona develops loose bowels while on and directly after coming off grass time. Some sites say this is normal and nothing to worry about, others say it is an early warning sign of trouble ahead. Opinions wanted.
Secondly, I'd like opinions on Beau's weight. You can comment on Epona's also if you don't mind stating the obvious.
Our farrier says Beau's weight is fine. I think he looks a bit fat...and I can swear I feel a bit of a crease developing on his back. I'm too short to see up there , but it feels like one is starting. May need to get a step stool and check it out. When we got him, his body score was a middle 2...but now I think he's TOO plump. For a TB anyhow. I have no idea how a TB should look as I'm so used to seeing fatty Epona...our farrier says he's fine. I'm not so sure. We may need to adjust his diet which currently is: free choice hay, used to be five hours of grazing,( now being adjusted down to 2 due to possible fatness), 2 scoops Cool Calories, 2.5 lbs strategy, 1 lb alfalfa cubes, a probiotic supplement and Smart Bug Off supplement.
I think he's a bit overweight for a TB, personally. Check out this video of him and Epona and let me know what you think ....Please watch the whole video so you can see him up close near the middle/end. He looks skinny from farther away, I look skinny from far away..lol. There is a good close up of him near the end, so you can see how fat he really is.....or not.
As a sidenote: It was no surprise to us that Beau loved the pond, the surprise came at the end of the video. Scared Of My Own Tail Epona going into that water was such a shock. And look at how Beau taught her to paw at it to splash herself. Also notice how Beau kept pulling at the lead line, wanting to go in deeper and Jared trying to pull him back...should we let him do it? Should we just let him go the whole way in, it's about six feet deep...approx.