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post #11 of 18 Old 07-31-2009, 01:52 PM
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I have two TBs and an Arab who are all hard to keep weight on. THey get LOTS of alfalfa hay and an alfalfa based pellet. Here are my guys (19 years and 28 years):





The 28 y/o is really hard to keep the weight on, and he's due for teeth floating, so I'm hoping to get that done in the next month or two.
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-31-2009, 01:58 PM
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i have had her teeth floated and she is on a regular de worming schedual. I have also taken a fecal sample to the vet to check for any additional parasites and everything turned out good, but still no weight gain. We are going to try hi fat hi fibre feed, has anyone else tried that? what did you think?
Does your horse have any behavioral problems, i.e. cribbing, weaving, etc?

PS - Denny is now just on hay, supplemented with Safe Choice with added minerals and Biotic 8 whenever I go see him


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post #13 of 18 Old 07-31-2009, 04:22 PM
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When my 17 yo TB mare was competing I had her on Ultium. BUT it tends to make some horses hot. So if she isn't in full work, I woudn't recommend it. Some kind of maintenance feed might be good... like Purina Equine Senior. I use it on senior horses as well as young horses that need to gain more weight and develop a better coat and hooves. Works wonders and doesn't make them hot.

I have my 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire on a supplement called Amplify. It's a blend of rice bran and flax seed (with lots of other things) that helps hard keepers gain weight. My mare has done very very well on it and my trainer put her OTTB on it, who is a very hard keeper as well. I've known people to use it on all breeds, all body types, all ages and it has worked well.


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post #14 of 18 Old 07-31-2009, 09:30 PM
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I had a hard keeping tb mare, and I used a large blue square scoop that you get at the feed stores for measurements for the feed. She was on 10lbs of alfalfa/bermuda twice a day, and I fed her farnum weight gain, fed according to the instructions, a full scoop of equine prime, a full scoop of rice bran, a full scoop of cob, and half a scoop of equine senior (only cause we had a 35 year old gelding as well, so not necessary), and then vegetable oil mixed in. She ended up doing fine on that, and finally kept on a good weight. She was ridden every day though, pretty hard, and competed regularly in dressage and jumping, so she needed to be fed a lot more than say a horse just going out on easy trails a few times a week. I would ask your vet for his/her opinion on what you should feed as well, and see what he/she recommends.
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-01-2009, 01:41 AM
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I had a hard keeping tb mare, and I used a large blue square scoop that you get at the feed stores for measurements for the feed. She was on 10lbs of alfalfa/bermuda twice a day, and I fed her farnum weight gain, fed according to the instructions, a full scoop of equine prime, a full scoop of rice bran, a full scoop of cob, and half a scoop of equine senior, and then vegetable oil mixed in. She ended up doing fine on that, and finally kept on a good weight. She was ridden every day
10 lbs of hay is what a 500 lb PONY should be getting. No WONDER she needed so much extra food! Especially considering how much work she was doing. If the hay was 50% Alfalfa, she should have been on 20-25 lbs of a hay, at least.

A horse should be getting 2-3.5% of their body weight a day in food, or in the case of an underweight horse, 2-3.5% of the goal weight of the horse. If your horse is 1,000 lbs, that means 20-35 lbs of hay a day, grass hay, timothy, or mixed grass hay.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-01-2009, 01:50 AM
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I don't know weights, but she is on a good hearty flake of alfafa twice a day, maybe more by some people's standards, we feed big flakes, and she gets a scoop of O+M, scoop of Timothy pellets, rice bran, beet pulp, and platinum performance supplement.
She wasn't always fat, as a younger horse she was harder to keep weight on, but as she has gotten older she keeps weight better. Also when she was younger I would switch between grass or oat hay to keep her calm. I know we add senior to everything above to feed underweight horses.

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I used to board in San Diego (North County), so I am familiar with the bales there. My 16.3h TB got 4 flakes of Alfalfa a day plus 2 flakes of Bermuda for lunch, along with a big bucket of beet pulp, rice bran, and vitamins. Our bales were about 90-100 lbs, and we got 15 flakes per bale, so he was getting around 25 lbs of alfalfa plus 8 lbs of bermuda. I rode him daily, and let my trainer use him as a lesson horse, so he got a LOT of exercise (he did jumpers and dressage). He kept nice and rounded on this diet, no ribs and lots of muscle.

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HAY is key to keep a horse in good condition. The only time a horse would "need" grain is if they cannot eat enough hay (or hay/forage products) to keep a good weight, or just a little to mix some vitamins in (or a ration balancer feed, only feed 1-2 lbs a day for full nutrition).
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-01-2009, 02:20 AM
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I like the Ultium feed. Most of mine get 5# a day split into 2 or 3 feedings.

I add 1 to 2 oz of dac oil and 1 oz of DDA or 911. The DDA seems to be the secret ingredient for my TB type colt. He is growing so fast I have trouble keeping him as padded as I like.

If you surf around through Omega Horse Solutions' site you will find all kinds of info on ingredients and their pros and cons. Check out their helpful articles link.


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