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2 year old filly needs to gain some weight


I have a two year old Westfalen/ anglo-arab. I got her about a week ago and she was kind of ribby. She was only getting 3 cups of complete horse pellets in the morning and 3 at night with two flakes of hay am and pm. I have upped her grain to about double and kept her hay the same. She is pretty little about 15hh currently. Is there a grain specific for two year olds and how tall do you think she will get to be? Also, she gets Dr. Reeds minerals daily. Any suggestions?

Thank you,


Re: 2 year old filly needs to gain some weight

Hello April,

Rather than increase her grain, I would suggest that you let her have as much hay as she would like and add some beet pulp or stabilized rice bran product to her feed. Feeding too much grain is asking for trouble – she may develop laminitis. So, feed a high energy forage (pulp and bran) to provide the extra calories, rather than additional grain.

She is still growing, that’s true, but I would not be able to give you an idea of how much more she’ll grow. She can continue growing until she’s 4 or even 5 years old.

Keep me posted on her progress!

All the best,

Dr. Getty