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Re: [RC] Feeding "moderately overweight" pony - CTH

I agree with Barb
Ponies can get fat on air. They just need hay.
My client who raises ponies and rehabs rescues feeds a low grade hay. (Good quality just not rich, looks like slough grass)
No supplements, never hand feeds cookies ect (these are going to kids and she does not want them nipping)
Lots of turnout and exercise.
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My immediate reaction is that she is getting too much feed. Our full-grown Arabs get about 8# of grass/alfalfa hay in each of two feedings, morning and night...16# total. They do not get supplements or beet pulp or grain. They are being ridden a couple of times a week on trails with steep hills. They are in good flesh and have plenty of energy, but are not crazy. Why would a pony need all that hay, supplements and beet pulp if she is already fat? I don't think horses need all the supplements that are offered nowadays. Horses are used to eating grass, or hay in absence of grass. Unless their workload is huge, they don't need anything but grass or hay.



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