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post #21 of 251 Old 06-04-2013, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have to increase her food intake if other members think she is underweight.I've been doing what I am supposed to.She turned 2 years old by the way today so she is officially a filly and I fed her some carrots and she loves them but not a whole lot of them while most horse don't like carrots at all and that's a good thing.Only 25-50% of the horse population love carrots because I seen a video of a member of this forum try to feed his horse a carrot and he would not eat it.She has great bloodline.Three of her ancestors were WGC.I have $50,000 invested in her that's a lot of money.Thanks again for the advice.
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Yikes. $50,000? How did you ever manage to put that much into her?

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I'm sorry., I find that a little hard to swallow. You say you have $50,000 invested in her? Are you sure you don't mean $50.00 or $500.00 ?

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15,000 at the most it went toward vet bill,food,tack,supplies,and hoof care.
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Over graining a horse can lead to problems though. Going from 3lbs to 10lbs is a huge increase. Since this is a younger horse, and I really don't have much experience with young horses, would it be wise to give a horse THAT much grain at such a young age?

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I just wanted to point out that 4-5 lbs of rice bran really scares me!

Some rice bran has added calcium, but not all rice bran does. If your rice bran does not supply extra calcium, you are going to end up with a really screwed up calcium to phosphorous ratio. Meaning a horse with weak bones because her body is being robbed of calcium.

I personally would cut wayyyy back on the rice bran. Maybe a pound or two max, and only then if it has added calcium. She is growing and you sure don't want her to have weakened bones. (Although calcium/phosphorous ratio is important in a horse of any age).

I know everyone out there hates alfalfa, but here in Arizona we feed LOTS of it and the horses are all fat and shiny. I personally would add some alfalfa pellets or hay to her diet. I think a 50/50 mix of alfalfa to grass hay is ideal.
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I have to increase her food intake if other members think she is underweight.I've been doing what I am supposed to.She turned 2 years old by the way today so she is officially a filly and I fed her some carrots and she loves them but not a whole lot of them while most horse don't like carrots at all and that's a good thing.Only 25-50% of the horse population love carrots because I seen a video of a member of this forum try to feed his horse a carrot and he would not eat it.She has great bloodline.Three of her ancestors were WGC.I have $50,000 invested in her that's a lot of money.Thanks again for the advice.
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As I explained in your other thread
Looking to hire professional trainer in Virginia
Most horses like carrots, and again it has really nothing to do with anything. Please get some help for this horse. I am concerned that you are in way over your head, judging from some of your other threads....... for example, you have had the horse over a year and are just now getting grooming supplies?
What grooming supplies should I get

Could you post a picture of her feet? I would love to see them......thanks.

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I have brought horses in this condition up to par on timothy hay, grass and oats. I start the oats at 1 coffee cup once daily then on the fourth day feed it twice daily, gradually building up to approx. 2 lbs twice daily. Once the weight is on, the oats are backed off to a pound 2x daily. By feeding hay along with available grass the horses get a variety of nutrients. They seem to know what they need and will graze so long then head for the hay. They also get a cup of loose salt in a pan that is replenished as needed, plus a lick that's out of the weather. This feeding program has worked on various breeds that were badly underweight. I've never had a problem getting weight on a horse. Luck? Maybe but so far my program has worked well.
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post #29 of 251 Old 06-06-2013, 05:39 AM
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this may help with nutrition

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I have successfully used alfalfa cubes soaked in water (make like a mash from it) to add mass to my 2 year old - I did add 1/2 lb. Rice bran to the morning and the night meal. It worked great.. The water is very important to keep them hydrated, I never feed dry cubes due to hazard of choking.
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