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        10-22-2012, 07:55 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Thanks for all the info. I see were you are coming from elana, but were horses are not used for what they produce(milk,beef.) it is not as imortant but still probably should be done. I am going to be honest I probably wont do all of the things you said, but it is very good information to have I know it would help with his weight but I think he will be fine with what he is getting as he is not loosing weight. I was just looking for certaian foods or hays I should be feeding him like alfalpha hay or fat and fiber...
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        10-22-2012, 09:12 PM
      #12
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    Hi,
    I googled your horses name. Your horse raced in Turo and was bred in PEI. If you google his name you can find his breeder. Which means you could ask them if he was a hard keeper and see if they have any food choices that work for him in the past. I was so happy to see the names of NS places I went to school up there. Its a great province.
         
        10-22-2012, 09:25 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I would be very concerned living in Canada and him being that thin. He will truley suffer in the cold weather. Please seek some vet advice on feeding, worming, teeth and general care. That horse is extremely thin.
         
        10-22-2012, 09:47 PM
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    Originally Posted by lilruffian    
    Alfalfa cubes are good supplement. They were excellent for putting weight back on my old arab mare the other winter when hay wasnt as good.
    There are also several store-bought supplements and beet pulp, though you may have to mix that with something sweet for awhile for I have never personally met a horse that would eat it plain at first.

    Alfalfa/Timothy hay cubes are the BEST for skinny horses, it's like they just reinflate the horse!
    At our rescue all our old horses are on hay cubes, soaked (obviously) the 3 boys, that are your horse's size get 4 feedings of 2 quarts thoroughly soaked throughout the day, on top of their grain and good quality hay.
    We have a TB stallion who just won't keep the weight on, this works wonders for him.

    Honestly I'd be very concerned about his weight, but if you can't afford to have your hay tested and all that, which I completely understand, hay cubes just can't hurt if they're soaked (but not so long they ferment). They're also good for horses with bad teeth, so if it is a mouth problem this is a good temporary fix until you can get a dentist. If he doesn't gain weight on hay cubes there's a big problem, and a vet Needs to check him. A big belly can mean either worms or just that he's getting a lot of hay, but a hay belly isn't really healthy either. His food is just going right through him, not being properly digested. So if he doesn't gain weight on hay cubes get a vet out, he could have some sort of inability to digest grains properly too.

    Hay cubes are so easy anyway, you just soak em up and feed em :)
         
        10-22-2012, 10:30 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I will for sure try the hay cubes! His previous owners had said he is a hard keeper. In the winter he was double blanketed as he did not grow a winter coat, but were he is out all the time now one is starting to grow. He is looking a lot better then when we got him out of the bad boarding situation. But were he is a stb and he does have a higher matablism than most it is very hard to get him to the desierd weight. If the hay cubes don't work I will defenatly get a vet out. I am not overly conserned about it now as he isnt looseing but just not gaining.. Also I don't want anything that would just bloat them as I heard beet pulp does that. I am looking for a more perminant solution. I hope the hay cubes help! :) thanks!
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        10-22-2012, 10:35 PM
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    No problem, I've honestly had no luck at all with beet pulp, it just seems to go right through them - maybe it works for some horses but not any of mine.

    Personally I'd be very concerned with your horse going into the winter with his weight the way it is, with hay cubes I watched a very skinny 30 year old gain a great deal of weight in 3 weeks. I hope your horse gains as quickly, please update us with pics :) I love to watch the transformation.
         
        10-22-2012, 10:41 PM
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    Has he been wormed? That could be the cause of the belly. Otherwise, horses that aren't getting the proper nutrients often have a belly with ribs showing.

    ETA: I really like Triple Crown feeds.
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        10-22-2012, 11:06 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I will for sure put pics up in a few weeks :) also how expensive would you say hay cubes are? He is getting wormed within the month.
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        10-22-2012, 11:23 PM
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    I am not a fan of beat pulp I had a horse colic on it by a well meaning co-boarder. That was not fun to explain to my vet/father why we had to go tube my hot arabian mare horse at 9 in the evening...

    I have grown up around standardbreds and most of them have been really easy keepers. I would get the vet out and run a fecal egg count.
         
        10-22-2012, 11:28 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Enfocore    
    I will for sure put pics up in a few weeks :) also how expensive would you say hay cubes are? He is getting wormed within the month.
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    I would worm him now and again in 2 weeks
         

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