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    08-28-2011, 09:23 PM
  #1
Weanling
My TWH(new pic)

Went out to see him for the first time in about two months.Its been hoovering around 110 degrees out here for months now and that doesn't agree with me.But because of the drought there s NO grass so we have round bales set out 24 7 and they get their oats but he is looks a bit thin.He has NEVER had much weight on him since I got him in april.After we got him he started to gain a little but nothing too noticeable.I have the vet coming out in a few weeks and will see what he says but any of yall have any recommendations on what we could do different.I am wanting him fed twice a day but were I keep him he only gets oats once a day.I will be moving him in a month to another place that is more of a full time boarding facility so it will be easier to get what I want but I would like for him to have more weight before I move him.
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    08-28-2011, 09:28 PM
  #2
Weanling
Here is another pic just for the hell of it I think he is so dang pretty.This is the first time I have ever clipped him and he let me clip his ears without any fuss at all.
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    08-28-2011, 09:31 PM
  #3
Yearling
He does look a little lean, especially in his neck and rump. I can't see his ribs in this picture but if you can see his ribs when he's standing square (not parked out) that's not so good. The heat is really hard on horses and that could be one reason why he's lost a little weight, plus if there are other horses in his pasture (or no horses at all) he could be a little stressed from competition for the hay bale or from being alone. There are lots of horse supplements that will put weight on him, and if he can be fed twice a day that's even better. I have a 32 year old skinny boy and he dropped a lot of weight during the heat spell this summer; we put him on Manna Pro Calf Manna supplement, about 8 oz each feeding, 2 x day and after one 25 pound bag he's slicked back up nicely. Still lean, but not thin. Manna Pro now makes a Horse Manna specifically for horses so it might be just as good as the Calf Manna that I use.
     
    08-28-2011, 09:33 PM
  #4
Yearling
Just saw the head picture - he is gorgeous!
     
    08-28-2011, 09:34 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
He does look a little lean, especially in his neck and rump. I can't see his ribs in this picture but if you can see his ribs when he's standing square (not parked out) that's not so good. The heat is really hard on horses and that could be one reason why he's lost a little weight, plus if there are other horses in his pasture (or no horses at all) he could be a little stressed from competition for the hay bale or from being alone. There are lots of horse supplements that will put weight on him, and if he can be fed twice a day that's even better. I have a 32 year old skinny boy and he dropped a lot of weight during the heat spell this summer; we put him on Manna Pro Calf Manna supplement, about 8 oz each feeding, 2 x day and after one 25 pound bag he's slicked back up nicely. Still lean, but not thin. Manna Pro now makes a Horse Manna specifically for horses so it might be just as good as the Calf Manna that I use.
No can't see ribs at all.Just rump bone and he's always been petite exspecially up front.Ide love for him to bulk up there.So is there anything I can put him on for a once a dayfeeding until I get him changed to a place that will do twice a day
     
    08-28-2011, 09:41 PM
  #6
Yearling
You may not get much bulk up front until he's in good condition from exercise - some gaited horses are narrow across the chest and until they are worked in training they don't have much muscle there.

As far as his overall weight goes, I have had good luck with Farnam weightbuilder, also the Calf Manna - even once a day will do some good. Start out slow to make sure he tolerates the change in his diet and gradually increase the supplement. Anything with extra calories but not extra starch will help him add weight without getting too "hot." The other thing that sometimes helps is a probiotic like Fastrack or Brookside probiotics - it helps them digest their food better so that they get the maximum nutrition from what you're feeding them.

You might do a search on this forum for other threads on skinny, hard keepers - lots of different ideas from other posters with experience in putting weight on the "kids"; also rescue organizations have a lot of experience with feeding plans for a healthy weight gain.
     
    08-28-2011, 09:44 PM
  #7
Weanling
He pretty now and he will be beautiful when you get the weight on him.
     
    08-29-2011, 07:45 AM
  #8
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He is really pretty While he is thin, he isn't skinny.

Hopefully when you get him to the new barn, they will have a more balanced diet for him. Oats and a roundbale, when there's no grass, is a bit shy in the vitamin/mineral department in my book.

Those high rump bones come standard on certain blood lines until they get older and even if he's kept at a good weight and in condition you may always see more bone than you'd like.

My Generator-bred TWH is like that. Right now he really needs to lose about 40#. He has a belly but you can't see his rump bones. Like you, my weather stinks and nobody's seen a bridle all summer.

If I can get just a little riding time on him, he will drop that 40# BUT the trade-off is that I will see a bit of his rump bones. He's now 16 years old, so that is not going to go away.

Post #13, the second horse (Rusty) is the horse I'm talking about. This was taken Labor Day, 2010 when he didn't have the extra 40 lbs on him. He is 15-1/2 and still lanky with big rump bones because that is who he is. You can see the other two TWH's are much more stocky built.
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This guy has always been very lanky and very very athletic, where my other two TWH's are a lot more stocky and have been mistaken for Morgans or Quarter Horses from time-to-time. They never did have those protruding rump bones - even when they were young.

Point-being, don't worry so much about that but, when the vet comes ask him about the possibility of ulcers, since those seem to be getting more common.

Have the vet check the horse's palette height and tongue thickness. No particular reason for that except you might just as well check to be sure his entire mouth is ok

He is beautiful. I hope you enjoy many many years together
     
    08-29-2011, 08:41 AM
  #9
Weanling
That's funny you say that he is double prides generator
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    08-29-2011, 10:20 AM
  #10
Started
He's beautiful. We've had several rescues in our barn. We've done different things depending on the horse (different weight builders, alfalfa cubes, higher fat feed, oil, etc...) I am trying Amplify by Purina right now on a horse that someone gave to us and he was near dead we when got him. He's been on it for about a week and we are seeing signs of improvement. It has been very slow going because we had to have his teeth done but he had to get in better health before we could.
     

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