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post #1 of 14 Old 02-13-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Cost effective weight gain?

A boarder of mine has a super skinny TB (I've posted about him before). We just wormed them, and he has been on 4lbs of Strategy 1lb of Triple Crown Senior twice a day and 10 lbs of hay a day but he is still slow to gain the weight. We were feeding him in a feed bag (because he is parrot mouthed) but all that feed weighs to much and it falls off with the slightest rub.

The triple crown senior is $17 bag.. is there anything that is more cost effective and works better? The beet pulp is just as expensive and then there is the added expense for her to have me soak it.. (It does need to be soaked for him...) This lady is on a very tight budget...

Also, one trainer said that she simply added water to the same amount of feed and it helped them gain weight.... doesn't make sense to me but has anyone else heard of this?
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-13-2009, 01:07 PM
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More hay, at the very least double it, although free choice would be best.

Has the owner thought about getting him scoped for ulcers? If money's tight she might want to add a probiotic to the mix.
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-13-2009, 01:20 PM
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I just got something for my Skinny mare. Its called Weight Builder(Tractor Supply Company - Weight Builder High-Calorie Horse Supplement)
its a powder, comes with 2ounce scoop. Depending on amount of exercise you give either 4-8 ounces. daily

Price depends on store.....

There is a choice of 8lbs(20-30$ last 30days) and 28lbs(last 90 days).

I have only have given it to my mare for a week, but a friend of my dads said it works really well.

someone said you can see a difference in 4-8wks!

Hopefully it will work... I will tell you in a couple of weeks if i can tell a difference in my girl!
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He already doesn't eat all the hay he is given and she wouldn't pay for extra and she definitely wouldn't check for ulcers. She just shelled out money for his leg wound and his teeth floated which I insisted on.

What this horse really needs is hay, and more feed fed 3 times a day but I can't do a third feeding with my schedule. :o(
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have you thought about rice bran? I'm not sure if it's more or less expensive but its another alternative.

Do you think his owner might be willing to come out to feed him so he'll have 3 meals a day?

did she get him skinny or did he start losing weight all of a sudden?
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-13-2009, 05:16 PM
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I just switched from purina's senior feed to the triple crown and within 2 months my horse has gained a good amount of weight. the difference is awesome, he also has added pep to his step and his manure is much more solid (it was very runny). I have also added hay extender to his feed and that has made a big difference because he cannot eat hay (no teeth). and that actually is not very expensive.

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post #7 of 14 Old 02-13-2009, 05:37 PM
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id be inclined to take him off any grain and try him on an alternative such as vegetable oil and extruded rice.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-13-2009, 06:20 PM
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get rid of the Purina Stratgey and feed him all willbe removing the grain products which helps MOST TB's gain weight ... you could also add some alfalfa pellets about 2lbs a day or so...

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-13-2009, 06:58 PM
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The fact that he won't eat all his hay throws warning bells, to me...maybe my boys are just pigs, but when they have hay, they won't leave until it's gone. I know there's not much you can do since it's not your horse, but were it mine, I'd definitely have the vet out.
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Horses self regulate on hay much better than they do with grain so I'm not worried about that. I only feed hay once a day all at night unless they are in all day.. for some horses its too much. I can't really take away the strategy because that is the grain that I provide for my boarders... I convinced her to add the TCS...which is an additional 17 a month for one bag... to completely switch him over would be like $50 a month extra for her which she would never go for.
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