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        04-29-2013, 03:16 PM
    I can't wait to see what he looks like when he's done growing. If you cover up his head, he looks way more balanced.
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        04-29-2013, 05:16 PM
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    He doesn't look too immature to me, just somewhere along the line mother nature lost balance...all mass went into front and back, and the middle didn't get its share. But he will grow into that head and butt
    If he's on hay only, I'd give him a vit/ min supplement or a ration balancer, with a handful of alfalfa pellets, soaked, instead of the strategy.
    I'm going to have to look into supplementing him with something. He was on alfalfa (three flakes...not sure exact weight as the BO didn't weigh it ever) twice a day at our old barn. At the new one he gets grass morning and noon, then alfalfa for supper. I know the new BO doesn't weigh it either, just goes by feel. The "ribs" that people are seeing are a trick of the light. You can't even feel his ribs at all (we curried him for a good forty-five minutes before bathing him and I'm pretty sure even my non-horsey, but very astute, BF would have noticed if ribs were showing).
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        04-29-2013, 05:51 PM
    I'm innocent....I didn't say he was thin....
    Alfalfa flakes can vary a lot!! I have them between 4 and 9 lbs, even sometimes within a bale flakes vary, but not that much.
    Grass hay is even more of a difference.
    I got me a little fish scale and randomly weigh the flakes, or my filled nets.
    It would be a good idea, tho, to get a basic idea of what his calorie intake is, and if it's only as reference for later.
    The vit/min or RB is helpful. Too much missing in hay nowadays.
        04-29-2013, 06:35 PM
    DHW, that wasn't directed at you. It was an "in general." I should have gave it its own paragraph. Sorry.

    Going to have to do some research on calorie intake and such. He's grown like a weed lately.
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        04-29-2013, 06:43 PM
    He's just a lean muffin. Once he starts working his muscles some more he'll look overall better. He should definitely get more than hay though. Hay lacks a lot of nutrients that we have to supplement in.
        04-29-2013, 06:53 PM
    I don't mean to take away from the OP but am curious as to what a good vitamin supplement would be to give as a general rule on a horse that is not used real hard. Say a trail riding horse.

    And, Aires is a very pretty boy, hope he grows into that head of his!
        04-29-2013, 06:55 PM
    Depends on the type of hay, how it was grown, and what nutrients it has.
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        04-29-2013, 07:00 PM
    Originally Posted by draftgrl    
    And, Aires is a very pretty boy, hope he grows into that head of his!
    You and me, both. That's a draft-size halter he's wearing.
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        04-29-2013, 07:03 PM
    Oh my.....Well, at least you can intimate (sp) the city folk with him! That's always fun to do
        04-29-2013, 07:10 PM
    To get a general idea for estimating how many Mcals an average horse needs for maintenance:

    Body weight in pounds divided by 2.2= body weight in kilograms
    Body weight in kg divided by 100, times 3.3 = approximately Mcals he needs

    If you want a horse to gain weight, you use the desired body weight to figure it out. If the horse is working, growing, or lactating, he (or she) is going to need more Mcals.

    **Information taken from The Horse Nutrition Handbook by Melyni Worth.

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