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post #1 of 9 Old 11-10-2011, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation ANy suggestions on putting weight on my gelding?

I have a 3 year old QH gelding. I just recently changed his feed from Seminole gold chance 12 to now Triple Crown Complete 12/12/15. Because I was concerned he was not keeping up his weight, especially from how much I work with him. I figured putting him on something with more fat would fix the problem. He is fed this one scoop in the morning, unlimited tifton all day, and one scoop at night with a flake of t/a. Unfortunetly I can still see his rib cage and I know he can put on more weight than that. Before I moved him he was very healthy looking. He doesn't look sick, but he does look skinny. Any suggestions or ideas? Anything helps, thanks
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-10-2011, 07:14 AM
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Well, every horse is different, but probiotics, free choice hay and Cool Calories fattened our OTTB up so well that he is now mistaken for an Appendix by people who see him.

To be blunt, he is now a fat pig.

I used to board at an OTTB farm, and I really can't remember when i've last seen an OTTB this fat....

OH, and having his teeth floated if they haven't been done already
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When we got my daughter's horse, Sheldon was thinner than I like to see them and he was also working hard after he got her. We started him on calf manna and had great success.
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Is he wormed regularly? Even if so, have the vet do a fecal egg test, sometimes worms sneak past those dewormers ..

Have his teeth been done recently? Have a vet come out and look at them.

And, if all the above are clear, get him on a diet with plenty of fiber and fat. Especially fiber. I would recommend free choice grass hay, with a little alfalfa if you feed it, Beet pulp, lots of fiber, and rice bran, lots of fat.
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the feed he is on now is 12 protein 12 fat and 15 fiber. I might throw some rice bran or beet pulp in there. I was going to have his teeth done in January when the vet comes out to pull his coggins. I don't really have the money to call a vet out right now, but when he comes out in january I will have him check his fecal as well as his teeth just to be sure and then do an annual check up and yearly shots. thanks for the help!
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btw he is wormed regularly... I may re worm him just in case
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We added alfalfa pellets to our OTTO and he fattened right up. It was in addition to sentinel performance feed
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Weigh your grain. Feeding two scoops of grain daily is the equivalent to ???? 5 llbs, 10 lbs? who knows.
Take a small scale to the barn and weigh the grain and then feed the horse what is reccemended.
If you are trying to put weight on, after you weigh the amount you are feeding now, and it is say 6 pounds, up it to 10 pounds daily and see how it goes. Feed 3 times a day if possible. It will make a huge difference. Divide the total amount you are going to feed daily into 3 smaller feedings and your horse will do even better.

It is easy to feed a scoop of grain to a horse and then wonder why its not gaining weight but if the scoop is giving only 5 pounds per feeding and you should be feeding a minimum of 15 pounds per day there lays the problem.

This is what Triple Crown Complete has at their site for reccemended feeding:

Triple Crown Complete is designed for mature horses.

If feeding as a grain concentrate with hay, feed a minimum of 5 to 15 pounds per day for desired body condition.

If replacing all the hay in the diet, feed 1% to 1.5% of body weight daily
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Firstly, he's only a 3yo - still a 'teenager' & may be going through a gangly stage. Secondly, how's the rest of him look/feel? Just because you can see some ribs doesn't mean he's necessarily under weight. I'd start out feeding more hay over night if you feel your horse does needs to gain.

Yeah, the Seminole feed is predominently made from oats & corn, so I would think this would be less suitable. The Triple crown looks OK, except that molasses is the second highest ingredient! I don't think feeding sweets to horses as a regular diet is a good move - like sweets for kids(& us older kids), junk food is best saved for odd occasions, not as a regular meal.

It's important to feed 'hard feed' little & often & I would strive for at least 3 feeds daily, especially if it's high starch/sugar. Horses also don't have the enzymes naturally to digest fat & must produce them, so it's important to start feeding fats very gradually & little & often, to get/keep those enzymes functioning.
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