Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Brunswick Canada
Let's talk about hard keepers
I need to make up a feed plan for Spirit. I'll say this is the first HARD keeper I've ever had. I didnt realize how bad she was until now.
Spirit is on 24/7 hay. Two months ago she was getting four pounds of oats a day, (2x2) and was in good weight, if not a bit chunky. Fast forward to now- she scores about a 3-4 on the body scale. Her ribs show, her hind end is triangular from the back, her neck sags, her spine sticks out. I've been experimenting with how much hay she gets overnight, which is the only time she does not get free choice. I use daily to give her 15 pounds overnight, now I'm up to 35-40 pounds of hay, and there is still some in the morning, but I realized that hay only is not going to cut it.
She's 16 years old, no teeth issues, no health issues. We stopped feeding her oats because they were making her very hot.
So- what do you feed your hard keepers? I need something that is LOW in starch/sugar and carbs, something with cool calories, as she is very sensitive to "hot" feed. I'm also open to supplementing with weight builders if it will help. She is going to be in work this summer and I don't want her losing more than she already has.