OK guys, I get the feed the foal and mare thing, thank you for the insight.
Please notice what I said about feeding the mare, she gets 24-7 access to a 1200 pound of timothy/bermuda mix, no fescue. On top of that, she gets 22 pounds of alfalfa per day (split into 2 feedings) AND 10 pounds of beet pulp per day (again split in half and fed 2 x daily)....I bought 5 bags of equine junior, as my friend that would give her nutrients that she'll need for her late growth spurt and the foal she's carrying, and 1 bag of 3 way (without the molasses) and bought a 5 gallon jug of corn oil. I will start her on those slowly to ensure not over stressing her system...but I am feeding so much, I wonder if there's something wrong... I am NOT keeping food from her at all, and she eats every scrap and smidge of beet pulp I give her and promptly heads to the 1200 # bale to start munching on that....
I will work on giving her the Equine Junior and the corn oil and think I will pick up a bag of Calf Manna too tonight after work.
Late age growth?
Posted 02 September 2010 - 02:07 PM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 02:55 PM
Maybe have vet check her manure?
I've had horses top out their height at 8-9 years.
Posted 02 September 2010 - 03:47 PM
She's been wormed, and to my knowledge has always been wormed since birth, but she's been tube wormed since we got her, AND she's had both the insides and outsides of her teeth floated, though the vet said she didn't really need it, he did it anyways just in case there was something there he didn't see.
This photo, assuming it comes through of course, was taken this morning after 5 weeks of free choice feeding and lots of extras.
Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:01 PM
it is usually the protein that causes issues for our horses and she really just needs basic "food"
you have gotten one of those growing youngsters who just need more calories than you are used to feeding
Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:07 PM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:58 PM
I say keep the food in front of her because it's working. It's not gonna happen overnight.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:35 AM
I would also take the alfalfa you are feeding and maybe break it into three feedings sometimes that helps too. when you start the grain do three little feedings a day if you can: ) just trying to throw some ideas out there
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:00 AM
After posting these, I did notice a difference in her weight gain...I just see her each day and it breaks my heart to how skinny she is..and she is shiny and prettier than she was when she got here, but it's so upsetting to have her this thin..I freak out if I can see any ribs on my horses...I don't want them fat enough to founder, but I don't want to worry about their being cold or things..so I worry when I can feel the ribs easily and I honestly do panic when I can see a slight hint of ribs...always means more food, but I was so worried with what I'm feeding her (easily feeding her in 24 hours what I do 3 others all day long just for maintenance, though none of them are skinny by any means) that something was wrong and all of a sudden that stifle and limping thing....
Thank you for your help.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 08:37 AM
once you get enough weight back on her, you will likely cut back to a maintenance amount to maintain her
then in the last few months and after foaling she will probably need a ton of groceries again to support her and the foal
then you wean and get to cut back again
LOL - when she is at the weight of the spotted horse in your avatar you have made if
Posted 03 September 2010 - 08:51 AM
I do agree though I would deff have fecal check.....just to be certain.