Can't get my old horse to gain weight - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 13 Old 10-14-2013, 06:41 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 13,558
• Horses: 0
^Agree with the above, although I don't think much of 'senior feeds' as a rule - of course, there are some good ones out there tho.

But it's important to build up quantity gradually, and also to feed in small, frequent meals - not just once a day. If you can't feed more than once daily, this will affect the way the horse can digest the feed and *potentially*(it depends what, etc) cause problems, aside from 'failure to thrive'. I wouldn't feed more than about 4lb max per meal.
loosie is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 13 Old 10-14-2013, 07:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 366
• Horses: 1
We have a 30 year old Arab gelding that is impossible to keep weight on but last winter he actually was almost a little fat because of our new feeding schedule.
We use a can that probably equals three cups of feed.

Two cans soaked beet pulp pellets.
Two and a half cans senior horse feed.
Allot of alfalfa cubes!!! Like four cans (We had to switch from cubes to pellets often, he would get board).
Three quarters of a cup vegetable or corn oil.
And a cup of cracked corn.
And as much alf as he can eat.
This sounds like allot of work but it is so worth it! And feeding the horse lunch is extremely important!!!!!

Make sure to keep a blanket on your horse all winter, shivering and trying to keep warm on there own can bern calories! And if your horse does not shed out by themselves make sure to body clip them!! If they are sweating because they still have there winter coat that is just calories running of them!

Last edited by LyraFreedom; 10-14-2013 at 07:26 PM.
LyraFreedom is offline  
post #13 of 13 Old 10-14-2013, 07:29 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 366
• Horses: 1
Also There a supplement called Missing Link I strongly erg you to get some for your horse! This will help them absorb nutrition and gain weight in the winter and has been known to help old horses shed out in the spring for the first time in years.
LyraFreedom is offline  

senior horse , skinny horse , weight gain

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help with weight gain in old horse alexis rose Horse Health 6 10-01-2012 02:32 PM
i have a old horse that needs to gain weight Karamee Horse Health 7 10-22-2011 10:13 PM
Horse needs to gain weight-HELP!! hillcrestfarm Horse Health 8 09-14-2011 09:48 AM
help old horse gain weight Maggie May Horse Health 4 07-19-2011 10:04 AM
Horse that will not gain weight Gypsygirl21 Horse Health 7 07-13-2011 11:06 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome