Tuesday, September 6, 2011

condition update

I bribed Lucy to stand "nicely" and prick her ears (separately these aren't that difficult to achieve, but together they have continued to prove quite tricky), and Kenny snapped a conformation/condition shot.

Her dark winter coat has started to peek through her burnt summer coat, but so have the dapples!

5 comments:

  1. She looks fabulous. She's really filled out and developed some nice muscle.

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  2. very nice, my guy is getting dark too!

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  3. Hi Kate,
    What do you feed Lucy to keep her looking so awesome? I have a 12 year old TB who gets all grass hay and some rice bran and a ration balancer but he can still get ribby...
    You've done a great job getting her so fit and filled out.

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  4. Hi Brooke, thanks for your comment/question. Right now she eats:

    AM:
    1 lb Poulin Fibre-Max grain (14% fat, 12% protein, low NSC grain). This stuff is GREAT for naturally hot blooded hard keepers who need the fat but don't need the energy.
    1 cup black oil sunflower seeds
    SmartPaks (TractGuard, SmartMare Balance, SmartLytes)

    PM:
    1 lb Poulin FibreMax
    3 lbs alfalfa cubes

    Her PM grain gets soaked with up to 2 gallons of water. She loves it and it's a great way to get extra water into her. The alfalfa is a natural defense against ulcers, which she has a history of, because of the high calcium level. They're kind of like Tums in hay form.

    She eats an average of 20lbs of high quality 2nd cut Timothy hay a day, and she's on grass turnout.

    She's certainly not cheap to feed, but she has blossomed since I treated her for her ulcers back in the Spring, and grass turnout has really helped also. She was on rice bran pellets for a while but I was able to cut those out, along with cutting her grain in half, when she started going on grass turnout.

    If you're looking for a way to get more "cool" calories into your horse, check out canola oil. It has a much better Omega 3:6 ratio than corn oil and it's very high in fat.

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  5. Wow, thanks for all the great ideas. I've been thinking about adding alfalfa pellets this winter and I could definitely switch out my corn oil for canola. Unfortunately I can't put my guy on a grass turnout - we are in dry So Cal...but I try at least to le him graze when I can.
    Love your blog and lots of luck to you and Lucy.

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