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    04-19-2009, 11:37 PM
  #11
Foal
Calf Manna(the powder milk replacer) is great for adding weight when it's added to the horse's daily grain because it has a lot of protein and fat but if you just need to add muscle I'd recommend a good daily exercise regiment. Hill work and long, slow distances is great for adding muscle. When I wanted to bulk up my halter mare's hindquarters we were jogging a half mile followed by a nice easy lope for a quarter of a mile 2-3 times a week and then hill work 1-2 times a week. It doesn't take a long or steep hill but I found the fastest way to add muscle was to have the horse back up a hill. Go slowly and start out only doing it a few times because it is hard work for them and you don't wnat them to strain/pull a muscle. Ask for a couple backward steps up the hill, pause, and then continue. It is excellent for working the hindquarters, chest, upper forelegs and back also.
     
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    04-20-2009, 07:42 AM
  #12
Weanling
We have several mares that lose a ton of weight when they have a foal nursing. So we mix calf manna in with their grain and it works great.

I also have a gelding that is a hard keeper that gets it mixed in with his grain
     
    04-21-2009, 12:02 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Peggysue    
I did add alfalfa pellets over the winter just to make ME feel better LOL I always feel like they should be getting MORE ...
LoL, me too...it's not a problem yet...I've yet to see a fat TWH, but I'm sure they exist. Now, if I had a pony, I'd be in real trouble.

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Originally Posted by crazymanda    
Calf Manna(the powder milk replacer) is great for adding weight when it's added to the horse's daily grain because it has a lot of protein and fat but if you just need to add muscle I'd recommend a good daily exercise regiment. Hill work and long, slow distances is great for adding muscle. When I wanted to bulk up my halter mare's hindquarters we were jogging a half mile followed by a nice easy lope for a quarter of a mile 2-3 times a week and then hill work 1-2 times a week. It doesn't take a long or steep hill but I found the fastest way to add muscle was to have the horse back up a hill. Go slowly and start out only doing it a few times because it is hard work for them and you don't wnat them to strain/pull a muscle. Ask for a couple backward steps up the hill, pause, and then continue. It is excellent for working the hindquarters, chest, upper forelegs and back also.
This is a great idea...will definitely give it a try. Well, I'll be starting out REALLY slow, because Annie's a clutz.


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Originally Posted by weefoal    
We have several mares that lose a ton of weight when they have a foal nursing. So we mix calf manna in with their grain and it works great.

I also have a gelding that is a hard keeper that gets it mixed in with his grain
About how long did it take before you saw some weight gain in your horses? And how much do you feed your gelding, if you don't mind? Annie gets a pound right now...
     
    04-21-2009, 03:26 PM
  #14
Weanling
My gelding is a 43" Shetland pony. He gets 1 cup am and pm added to his grain. I am very careful with calf manna as I don't want to overload him because he's also getting a 16 percent pellet and beet pulp plus hay. He's been on the calf manna for about 2 weeks and it is helping already. He's just always been a hard keeper but he's the best pony gelding I have ever owned in my life :)

     
    04-21-2009, 06:06 PM
  #15
Weanling
Yeah, I think (I could definitely be imagining it) that I can see a small difference in Annie already, after less than 2 weeks. Again, this could certainly be wishful thinking...

I have a picture here of the day I got her, then from 3 days ago...she doesn't seem that much fatter, but better fat...if that makes sense. Definitely less of a pot-belly, more butt. Which walkers are not known for having a lot of...(butt, that is).

Edit: LoL, the date in the first picture is not correct...I still don't know how to change that on my camera. ;)
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    04-21-2009, 06:42 PM
  #16
Started
I agree there is less belly and alittle more hump in the hindend ... but you can tell by her neck and topline that she needs some quality protien ;)

Shhh don't anybody that knows me but I think she is cute(and I don't like walkers) LOL
     
    04-21-2009, 06:47 PM
  #17
Weanling
LoL, that information will remain classified, PeggySue. Lips sealed...
     
    04-21-2009, 07:16 PM
  #18
Weanling
I give my show horses Purina Ultium, Flax seed, black sunflower seeds, and coco soya. They also get worked several times a week. I really like the Purina Ultium. Its a bit pricey but you have to feed as much and it has a lot of benefits.

Grand coat has flax seed in it as well and isn't too expensive. Just remember that if you get flax seed you have to grind them because they can't digest them.

I just got this filly a few weeks ago and she is already starting to shine and put on weight!

     
    04-21-2009, 07:21 PM
  #19
Weanling
Oh I meant to say you don't have to feed as much.

Ultium.com

Here is a neat little chart on different coat supplements. It tells you the cost per day and what the main ingredients are. You can order this stuff so if you can't find locally. There are lots of them with Flax seed as their only ingredient.

Skin and Coat Supplements at a Glance
     
    04-21-2009, 07:22 PM
  #20
Started
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Originally Posted by cowgirlfitzy    
Grand coat has flax seed in it as well and isn't too expensive. Just remember that if you get flax seed you have to grind them because they can't digest them.

This statement is a wives tale ... a horse without teeth issues will have no problem eating WHOLE flax seed
     

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