Originally Posted by Ryle
What exactly do you mean by alot of food? Anytime you have a weight issue the first thing you should do is really take a look at what you are feeding and assess whether it's actually what you should be feeding. The most likely situation with a horse that is not gaining weight is that you are not meeting his nutritional needs and supplementing may very well not be the answer.
if a horse isnt getting his nutritional needs, then how could a complete supplement to fix that not be the answer?? That is what supplements are for, this is of course assuming that the horse has been wormed and there are no other issues. I've known a few horses around who had the same problem until being supplemented and once they start, the improvements are dramatic including my own.
I hate to say it for fear of the backlash that may come my way but what you said goes against everything I have learnt in my life from many different in-the-know people including vets, trainers etc one of the first things I learnt about feeding was that supplementation that provides complete needs is the only way to go once the horse has been cleared of any other issues.
But anyways, supplementing has always helped me and I don't have skinny or unhealthy horses (apart from my mare who I've only had a few weeks and came to me very skinny and malnourished.) the only way to know our horses are getting exactly what they need is by looking at what they are feeding and the different ingredient contents and comparing that with the amounts of each thing he should be getting to remain healthy and therefore gain weight. If any areas are lacking, supplement.
Can you post what you feed him?