Sunday, January 11, 2009

Can you find the white (grey) horse?

Jack and Arabee were treated to pasture turnout last Thursday. It was a pretty snowy morning, and the ground was frozen, so they weren't near as likely to tear up the ground.

Normally in the winter "mud soup" season they stay in the paddock nearby their stalls and shed that is added on to the back of the corn crib. They get hay am and pm, and Jack gets Equine Senior pelleted feed, Arabee gets a teeny handful of corn since she gets fat LOOKING at feed!

In the summertime instead of hay they get turnout all day long, of course added gradually in the spring when the grass is so lush and green.

It will be interesting to see how this must change in 2009 (or IF it will have to change) to accomodate Arabee's changing workload. I will keep a close eye on her. Right now she could stand to lose a lot of weight, but I want to be sensible about it.

1 comment:

Endurance Granny said...

I had an experience endurance rider tell me just a week ago to let them work it off, not diet it off like I did Phebes. Since she is an easy keeper you will see the work load tone her up and over time the fat will come off. The time to think about what you will feed her then, is now. Research feeds and find her a nice low protein feed rich in fats and low in nonstructured carbohydrates so when she gets down to a good wait you can maintain that weight. Phebes was an air fern too, but NO MORE. She is getting plenty of hay and about 5 pounds of chow for maintenance and more on work days. Cold coupled with work makes a calorie burning equine. ~E.G.