November 7, 2013 at 10:19 am
My new four year old has been in 2-3 day a week training for about 2.5 months now. She seems to be gaining weight, and is always bright and cheery to be around. She is (beyond some small laziness) willing to go forward, stretch down and into the bridle and seems to enjoy work and praise. She seems to get fatigued at around 30 minutes into our rides, but still seems willing to do what is asked of her – just more “dialed down”. However, the barn staff has expressed some concerns because she is often found laying down and snoozing after she is brought in in the evening to her stall, or in the morning when they arrive to feed. She has even gotten up to eat breakfast and be taken out, only to lay down in the hay pile and go back to sleep for 20 or so minutes. She is very laid back in general and it’s easy to forget that she’s four with 3 months of under saddle work on her because she is so well behaved and advances in her training so quickly.
Should I be worried about her stamina and apparent fatigue? Or just a by-product of the muscle-building work she is putting in under saddle?
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Can you give more information on her diet?November 13, 2013 at 9:08 am
This mare is getting 2.25 lbs of Strategy Healthy Edge and 2.25 lbs of Ultium a day, and gets 1-1.5 lbs of Amplify fat nuggets after work. I’m slowly in the process of pushing her up to 3 lbs of each grain daily in small increments, as I don’t want to upset her stomach or risk colic. She is holding her weight and isn’t ribby, but she’s also not gaining/getting fat, either, so I decided to push her up again. When I brought her home she was getting 3 lbs of Strategy Healthy Edge just to meet her nutritional needs.
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That’s a good diet so I’m going to rule that out, with the exception of adding a good multi vitamin into her diet. Smartpak has a good one “SmartVite”, and there is also Mega Cell, and Red Cell, that you can get almost anywhere. I would add that to her mix to see if she get’s a boost out of it. Some horses, like people, rest easier and require more naps. Considering her age, she may just need more rest than most, and it’s a wonderful thing to think she is so at ease with her environment, that she actually lays down, and enjoys a good nap. If she still seems off to you, though, even with the vitamins added, and you are still worried about her, I would contact your veterinarian, to rule anything bad out. Good luck, please keep me posted!!November 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm
Thanks so much for your response! I will have to take a look at Mega Cell and Red Cell, as well as evaluate her need for Smartvite. When she gets up to getting the full 3 lbs a day of Strat HE, she should (according to their feed reps) be getting her full serving of vitamins and minerals but if she doesn’t perk up, I will definitely give the options a try. She’s a total doll and I just want her to have everything she needs to be her best.
Thanks again for responding!
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