There’s a component to weight loss that has nothing to do with calories – it has to do with hormones.
During the first eight months of pregnancy, your mare may be fed like any other horse, with a balanced, quality diet. But things are changing rapidly during this last stage of pregnancy: She requires more calories, more protein, more omega 3s, and balanced vitamins and minerals, not only for the unborn foal but also to prepare for milk production.
This is a recurring question that I receive. Which should be fed first, hay or grain? If you’re feeding correctly, this issue is truly a moot point because the horse should have access to forage in hay and/or pasture 24/7 with no gaps. Therefore, when fed concentrates, the horse's digestive tract should already have hay flowing through it.
Do you have an overweight horse? Chances are he is insulin resistant. Excess body fat leads to elevated insulin. Elevated insulin leads to more body fat storage, which leads to greater insulin resistance, and the vicious cycle continues.
Miniature Horses are adorable. They not only make great pets, but offer ample showing opportunities including halter, jumping, driving and trails. Because of their small stature, they also make excellent therapy horses for ill or disabled adults and children.