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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Feeding a filly

Hi there, i have recently purchased a quater horse x paint filly, unbroken, and currently not being worked. She has 5 acres to herself, wich is currently green due to the wet seasin here. I feed her about 2kg of lucerne chaff and 500g pony pellets with mollasses to taste. She has a fat belly but a bony back. How do i get her to look round without bones showing, but not fat. I want to make sure she gets all the nutrients she needs, as when the dry come i'll need to feed her a supplement. Please help


Where are you from? Northern Territory Australia

How did you locate this forum? web search on nutrition

Re: Feeding a filly

Hi Jac,

I would recommend that you offer her a comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement that will help her fill in any gaps in her diet. This will also help her derive energy (calories) from her diet, so she can have a better chance of gaining weight.

A probiotic (live microbials) would be a good idea for a few weeks, to make certain that her hind gut is healthy.

She should also have access to pasture and/or hay at all times. Her fat belly may be due to poor numbers of bacteria or poor quality pasture. The probiotic will help.

Keep me posted!

Dr. Getty