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  • Best horse feed to put weught on a 13year old
  • Good feed for my 13 year old under weight horse

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    02-12-2014, 09:48 AM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
I can't help with the feed, I think everyone so far has done a great job with that already..

But one thing I would suggest is take body shots once a week, same angles each week. Because you see her every day, the changes will be less noticeable to you every day than they would be to someone who doesn't see her quite as often, and the photos will be a good measure of how fast she is gaining, and how much she needs to keep going
I have been taking body shots of her once a week since I got her.
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    02-12-2014, 10:22 AM
  #12
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I would change to a high fat feed that's low starch/low sugar and aimed at horses that aren't in work but needing to gain weight - best suggestion from me would be a mix of
*Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage which also has fat, vitamins and minerals added but no molasses
Equine Supplements: Forage Feed With Equine Supplements From Triple Crown | Triple Crown Nutrition
*Triple Crown Low starch Pellets
Low Starch Horse Feed-Triple Crown's Low Starch Horse Feed Formula | Triple Crown Nutrition
You can add sugar feet (non molassed) and alfalfa pellets to that
Weigh everything according to the guidelines on the bags so you don't over feed vitamins and minerals
Avoiding high starch & molasses in feeds will mean the horse can gain weight without getting that 'sugar rush' that can cause a type of hyperactive state and irritability in some horses
Even though the horse has been wormed I would still either get a fecal test and a blood test to check for encysted worms - which will cause ulceration in the stomach and anemia and add an antacid to her feed for a while - I like U-Gard for that.
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    02-12-2014, 02:24 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
I would change to a high fat feed that's low starch/low sugar and aimed at horses that aren't in work but needing to gain weight - best suggestion from me would be a mix of
*Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage which also has fat, vitamins and minerals added but no molasses
Equine Supplements: Forage Feed With Equine Supplements From Triple Crown | Triple Crown Nutrition
*Triple Crown Low starch Pellets
Low Starch Horse Feed-Triple Crown's Low Starch Horse Feed Formula | Triple Crown Nutrition
You can add sugar feet (non molassed) and alfalfa pellets to that
Weigh everything according to the guidelines on the bags so you don't over feed vitamins and minerals
Avoiding high starch & molasses in feeds will mean the horse can gain weight without getting that 'sugar rush' that can cause a type of hyperactive state and irritability in some horses
Even though the horse has been wormed I would still either get a fecal test and a blood test to check for encysted worms - which will cause ulceration in the stomach and anemia and add an antacid to her feed for a while - I like U-Gard for that.
So I think that's where I'm going wrong TO MUCH SUGAR!!!!!!! She's on beet pulp (2 quarts before soaking a day) with molasses.......(that's all they had and told me it was good........ Not sure about my feed I'll post picture of guaranteed analysis.. give me one minute.
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    02-12-2014, 02:30 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
I would change to a high fat feed that's low starch/low sugar and aimed at horses that aren't in work but needing to gain weight - best suggestion from me would be a mix of
*Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage which also has fat, vitamins and minerals added but no molasses
Equine Supplements: Forage Feed With Equine Supplements From Triple Crown | Triple Crown Nutrition
*Triple Crown Low starch Pellets
Low Starch Horse Feed-Triple Crown's Low Starch Horse Feed Formula | Triple Crown Nutrition
You can add sugar feet (non molassed) and alfalfa pellets to that
Weigh everything according to the guidelines on the bags so you don't over feed vitamins and minerals
Avoiding high starch & molasses in feeds will mean the horse can gain weight without getting that 'sugar rush' that can cause a type of hyperactive state and irritability in some horses
Even though the horse has been wormed I would still either get a fecal test and a blood test to check for encysted worms - which will cause ulceration in the stomach and anemia and add an antacid to her feed for a while - I like U-Gard for that.
12484061853_f7e6323db3.jpg this is my feed
     
    02-12-2014, 06:14 PM
  #15
Super Moderator
I think what you're feeding might be OK for a horse that's in work so they're burning off the energy from those sugar calories but not for one that just wants to increase weight and stay quiet
If nothing else the IRS risks are too high - one of my mares was put on a Sweet Mix when she was on a boarding yard and even though she was in work and my TB on the same feed and the same work was OK - she developed IRS
     
    02-12-2014, 06:27 PM
  #16
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaydee    
I think what you're feeding might be OK for a horse that's in work so they're burning off the energy from those sugar calories but not for one that just wants to increase weight and stay quiet
If nothing else the IRS risks are too high - one of my mares was put on a Sweet Mix when she was on a boarding yard and even though she was in work and my TB on the same feed and the same work was OK - she developed IRS
Sorry but what is IRS?
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    02-12-2014, 06:52 PM
  #17
Foal
The only thing that I will say that may be different from everyone else is, Flax seed. I feed 6 oz (before soaking) to my two old boys feed. I usually soak it overnight with a cup of water. Another perk to the flax seed is that it helps remove sand from their gut.
     
    02-12-2014, 07:27 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by nitapitalou    
The only thing that I will say that may be different from everyone else is, Flax seed. I feed 6 oz (before soaking) to my two old boys feed. I usually soak it overnight with a cup of water. Another perk to the flax seed is that it helps remove sand from their gut.
A round about how much is flax seed.
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    02-13-2014, 11:02 AM
  #19
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You will find that a lot of the good quality complete feeds already contain flax seed so check before you buy any
IRS stands for Insulin Resistance Syndrome. There's a lot of detailed info on the web and quite a lot of threads on this forum but this is the basics of it
Insulin Resistance
It is usually associated with obese horses but in fact a horse doesn't have to be overweight to get it as it seems to be linked to a genetic predisposition
If you can't get sugar beet without added molasses then rinse the soaked shreds through with clear water several times before feeding.
     
    02-14-2014, 05:09 PM
  #20
Green Broke
You have had a lot of good advice here but I want to add something a bit off topic... THAT is a really nicely conformed horse. I cannot wait to see her filled out and fed up.. because at that point I will want to tell you what she would be good at (or tried at!).
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