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post #1 of 10 Old 04-22-2014, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Rescue Horse! All help is needed!!

Ok, I received a rescue horse several months ago. She has really picked up a tremendous amount of weight. What type of breed does she look like to y'all? She's gaining weight everywhere else except in her hip area. She looks a lot better now but any suggestions on beefing her up? She has hay, grass, sweet feed, corn, oats and alfaha pellets!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-22-2014, 03:31 PM
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I don't know what she looks like, so I can't tell you how she looks.

There are a lot of people on the HF that know a LOT about horse nutrition, so if you want to learn a thing or two, you are in the right place!

Personally, I would take her off the corn. I lost a horse to colic (and the vet and I are both relatively positive that corn caused it.)

You can give her oat bran oil, flax seed oil, and beet pulp. They are all very good for putting on weight and great for the coat.
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I agree with Strawberry.

Corn has no nutritional value and can be very difficult to digest.

Also, sweet feed is basically junk food for horses. If you had a child that needed to gain weight, would you feed it junk food to fatten it up, or give it good, wholesome calories?

Beet pulp is great for putting weight on horses. Just be sure to soak it before feeding to avoid choke.
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Ok, I received a rescue horse several months ago. She has really picked up a tremendous amount of weight. What type of breed does she look like to y'all? She's gaining weight everywhere else except in her hip area. She looks a lot better now but any suggestions on beefing her up? She has hay, grass, sweet feed, corn, oats and alfaha pellets!!
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Exercise. How are her feet? Is she turned out or in a stall? Is she building muscle or just getting fat.
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Exercise. How are her feet? Is she turned out or in a stall? Is she building muscle or just getting fat.
I've had her feet done. She was turned out bit we have recently stalled her up!
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-22-2014, 09:32 PM
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Is it possible to post a picture of the horse?

I don't know if my computer is just not loading pictures or if there really isn't a picture but pictures are wonderful for questions like this.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-22-2014, 09:46 PM
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Yup, try again please MayweatherChic -- still no picture for us to see.

I agree with others - dump the corn and sweet feed. Free choice hay, beet pulp, minerals. Check her teeth.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-24-2014, 01:47 PM
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Putting weight on a horse

In my experience with a rescued OTTB, who was skin and bones when I got him, he initially put weight on in his belly. As we slowly worked him and built muscle he filled out nicely in his hip area. But honestly, it was the last place for him to fill in. My advice, be patient. Give it time. It can take a good year to get them to 100%.

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-24-2014, 03:45 PM
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Is she now stalled due to a boarding situation or to keep her from walking off weight? I would be careful about pouring the high carbs to her when she stands a lot. Do you ride or exercise her?
Photos would help a lot as would more info...age, breed or type, amount of exercise.
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