Miniature horse: big belly and spine showing

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  1. lucky_pine

    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    You need to weigh your feed. You can't measure by "feed bucket" or "scoop." Read the directions on the back of your feed bags, weigh her feed out accordingly. It's amazing how much difference feed can make when it's fed properly.
     
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  2. CherryEmma

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    I have been she gets 1/2 cup alfalfa/timothy cubes 1/2 cubes matrix fibre max pellets and 1/4 of the fat/topline pellets
     
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    mooselady Senior Member

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    That isn't weighing though o_O
     
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    How much does the 1/2 cup of cubes weigh? In pounds or kilograms

    Same with the fiber max pellets?

    And same with the fat/topline?
     
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    rhinebeck Senior Member

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    She's lacking topline muscle not weight it's from lack of proper work

    And proper diet

    But I've never heard of minis needing grain (n)

    My mini eats a handful of cubes (as a carrier) for an oz of chia - an oz of horsetechs high point grass mineral

    and for forage almost free choice hay spread out in nibblenets throughout her turnout which is a drylot (no grass)

    She has to walk to her water and to her hay as none is side by side.
     
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  6. CJ

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    I think yours is missing something in its diet. She has "no neck" weight or condition-wise. Time to reworm too i think.
    Our barn has & handles minis, some have come in sorely neglected. The black & whites flanking palomino are minis that have shown. The (all) black was a horribly neglected yearling, thin, dry coat, only ate sweet feed at first ( barn doesnt feed sweet.)
    They are on literally a handful of Purina Mini & Small Pony formula feed 2x daily. Official measurement is less than 1/2 cup,ea, and we have to watch that they dont get chubby. The group gets a couple flakes of decent grasshay in a low rack/ long feeder. Vets caveat is that the easiest and most prevalent problem for minis is Overfeeding. Founder is a problem, from too much log grass or rich hay. Commercial feed like M&SP assures that the nutrition levels are right for MSP.
    IMO put her on a balanced fed, at least while you prepare to show. A flake of decent hay per mini/ meal is usually enough.
    Make a schedule and point of exercising her some, practicing to show, trotting the patterns or trail or jumps, whatever youre going to do with her. Being clean, well fed, and in shape, or not, is going to be necessary and obvious if & when you go to show.
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    BO took in ragamuffin mini and just a few months of better food & care was the difference in A&B below (Same pony).
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    One of her other rescued & rehomed minis cleaned up adorably, shows locally, and routinely beats some expensive minis with papers and big price tags. The right food and care can easily turn a decently built 'dink' into a really nice local show pony. Or pretty pet.
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    That's not even close to weighing. You need to get a small kitchen scale, weigh the empty cup, zero it, then weigh the feed.
     

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