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!


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

  2. 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.

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

    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)

    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.

  4. 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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