Does your fave pony struggle to maintain his weight no matter how much you feed him? Here’s how you can help him out...
Poor-doers are ponies who often struggle to maintain their weight, so it’s important to manage their feed correctly to make sure they’re getting all the goodness they need. Here are some things you can do…
Get his teeth checked
Ponies need their teeth checking every six to 12 months by a vet or qualified equine dental technician. If your pony’s older or has any problems with his teeth he’ll struggle to eat and might not get enough food.
Choose a conditioning feed
The back of your feed bag will tell you what nutrients are inside – look for a feed with a high level of digestible energy (around 12.5MJ/kg or more). Feeds high in fat (look for ingredients such as oil and linseed) are good, too, because they contain lots of calories without making your fave pony fizzy.
Ask for advice
A qualified nutritionist can help you work out a diet plan. There’s loads to think about and they’ll have all the latest info on helping poor-doers!
Make sure the right amount is going in
An underweight pony needs to consume 2.5% of his bodyweight each day. So if he weighs 400kg, that’s 10kg of food a day – this includes grass, hay and bucket feed. Around three-quarters of this should come from forage such as grass or hay.
Read loads more ways to help poor-doers make the most of their feed in November PONY mag – on sale now!