How can I help my Friesian QH Dressage mare who is lethargic and an easy keeper?
Question: Have Friesian QH CROSS 12 Y/O. She was laid up this winter, very sound now. Very very easy keeper on Thyro L. Low energy level Is there a non fattening supplement that could help her. Schooling Third Level dressage. My mare is weighs about 1100 – 1200 lbs. She is getting Nutrena Balance ¾ lb twice daily, and 12 pounds of hay. The hay analysis is attached. She gets SmartPak’s Smart Gut Ultra for their Coli Care program.
Dr. Kellon: The diet you are feeding would be appropriate for an easy keeper while on layup but is not adequate now that she is back in work. Underfeeding won't necessarily lead to weight loss because the horse's body can compensate by becoming more insulin resistant and shifting key energy sources to the most important organs, like heart, and away from the skeletal muscles. The end result as you have seen is poor energy.