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    03-13-2013, 01:39 PM
  #21
Weanling
Did they drop weight recently or is this how theyve been for awhile and you have problems getting their weight up?

How long have you had them and how long have you had this particular feed regime going on? (Takes alot more time to add weight than to drop weight).

And, what type of horses are they? ( some are stockier than others, and if theyve been this way for awhile could be their build) young? Old?

Do you have pictures? Maybe give the vet pictures? I know I've been flat broke before and my vet has been very willing to consult with me about various things.

Good advice so far, but these are questions that enter my head that may play a factor.
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    03-13-2013, 02:03 PM
  #22
Foal
Have your horses been dewormed lately? What worms were covered in the last worming? It's possible that the previous wormer did not cover a worm that your horse may have picked up.
Perhaps you should consider a supplement or grain? I also put vegetable oil in my horses' grain- it makes for a healthier coat and it's high in fat!
I fed my appy beet-pulp over the summer when he had trouble with his weight, it worked wonders! I usually soaked it in water first, it made it easier for him to get down and it lasted much longer!
I was also recently informed that message therapy can help hard(er) keepers because it bulids muscle mass without exercise. This is typically expensive but you can pick up some own techiniques by just watching others do it.
Good luck!
     
    03-13-2013, 10:44 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
it could be alot of things and everyone is giving great advice. I hope your dad will do what needs to be done. Also maybe have the hay tested? Some places do that for next to nothing.

Where would I get this done?
     
    03-13-2013, 10:47 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by natisha    
It won't hurt to keep them on the psyllium daily until you get things figured out.
What breed/s are your horses?

No one is coming down on you. We see this all the time, where the kid does know more than the parents but are powerless to do anything. So the young person suffers anguish over the given situation. I've never understood how a parent can do that to their kid.
Your situation isn't as dire as some but the concept is the same.

When I am King I will ban kids having ignorant parents.
I will. They are APHA and I have a Pinto...They honestly aren't skinny...just need to be rounded off. I'd post a pic but don't know how...they don't look malnurished at all...more like a race horse weight where you can see some ribs but they arent starving at all.
     
    03-13-2013, 10:52 PM
  #25
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by wausuaw    
Did they drop weight recently or is this how theyve been for awhile and you have problems getting their weight up?

How long have you had them and how long have you had this particular feed regime going on? (Takes alot more time to add weight than to drop weight).

And, what type of horses are they? ( some are stockier than others, and if theyve been this way for awhile could be their build) young? Old?

Do you have pictures? Maybe give the vet pictures? I know I've been flat broke before and my vet has been very willing to consult with me about various things.

Good advice so far, but these are questions that enter my head that may play a factor.
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they've been like this for a while...I've never had a fat horse. But they ARE NOT starving like everyone is startingto think. I've had these horses for several years and they've been eating this diet for the past 1-2 years...they used to get plain ol hay and we stepped it up to 3way and Alfalfa when we moved to CA from WA 1 1/2 years ago. 3 are APHA one is a Pinto. All under 8 years old. I don't know how to add a pic but I would if I could. Thanks for your help!!
     
    03-13-2013, 10:54 PM
  #26
Foal
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Originally Posted by ThatAppy    
Have your horses been dewormed lately? What worms were covered in the last worming? It's possible that the previous wormer did not cover a worm that your horse may have picked up.
Perhaps you should consider a supplement or grain? I also put vegetable oil in my horses' grain- it makes for a healthier coat and it's high in fat!
I fed my appy beet-pulp over the summer when he had trouble with his weight, it worked wonders! I usually soaked it in water first, it made it easier for him to get down and it lasted much longer!
I was also recently informed that message therapy can help hard(er) keepers because it bulids muscle mass without exercise. This is typically expensive but you can pick up some own techiniques by just watching others do it.
Good luck!
yes, I used Zimermetin Gold I believe. I guess it's always possible that itdidn't get all the worms. Thanks for your help(:
     
    03-13-2013, 11:04 PM
  #27
Weanling
Are you feeding them all together or are they stabled separate? Are they cleaning up all the food left for them? Do you know if your hay is first cutting? (nutrition in hay is important).
     
    03-13-2013, 11:07 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Do they have bellies even though you can see ribs? Seeing ribs is skinny on a stock horse. You should be able to feel but not see them. I'm still guessing worms since its a herd issue and not just one horse. Alfalfa is good for putting on weight.

To post a picture you go to the advanced tab and click on the attachment button.
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    03-13-2013, 11:18 PM
  #29
Weanling
If you click on the paper clip it will take you to a spot to load your pic, select browse then go to your control panel and go under pictures if you have them downloaded on your computer, dbl click on pic and it will load. good luck...we feed a good quality grass hay and plenty of it and our horses winter on the round side, however they are also pastured are always on the move (we have winter too, snow, freezing temps, the whole bit). I also have a mineral tub out always. Maybe going back to your old way of feeding and add a tub or block is what would be better for them and your dads pocket..ive had rescue horses gain great weight feeding them just like I feed mine.
     
    03-14-2013, 12:07 AM
  #30
Green Broke
If all of them look like this, you are feeding either poor quality hay, or not feeding enough.

Vet can test hay for you.

But you need to be upping grain too.

I go through 1 bale a day of small square for 2 horses, and if they clean that up good, I put more out.

You need to do something, and also need to quit riding them until they get weight on.
     

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