Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Well, the first place to look, when a horse is not keeping weight,is the forage
Just because a hay looks okay, does not mean it is nutritious.
If a hay is low in calories and protein it is not going to provide enough nutrients.
To loose that amount of weight, either she is not eating enough calories, or has some medical condition
Thus, place to start, is to have your hay analysed . Yes, beetpulp is a good choice, digested as a forage, with energy between that of grain and forage, but with none of the associated risks that grain have, directly in proportion to amount fed. ( I am talking grain, and not some bagged feed that often has no grain)
Carshon, feeds that are high in NSC can indeed make a horse 'hot'Oats are high in NSC, but not as bad as other grains like corn and barley
You can also add calories in the form of fats. There are quite a few commercial feeds that are low in nSC and high in fat, But you can just add canola oil or flax to that soaked beetpulp
Yes, some horses have higher metabolism rates, thus burn more calories to maintain weight, thus you feed horses as individuals, using the KISS principle
Start by knowing what your forage contains, then add what is missing\Horses are no different then us.
When excess calories (more then required for daily activities ) are fed, they gain weight
Less then required, they have to call on stored reserves and loose weight