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        02-13-2009, 09:15 PM
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    I would go w/ peggysue. She was right-on with her suggestions for my boy. I'm planning to post some before and after pix soon. The difference in weight, poop, and over all health is absolutely amazing. I don't know the horse but my geuss would be he probably needs approx. A full bag of TC Senior per week. I havne't marked on a calendar but it seems like for 2 senior horses I"m going through about 10 bags of grain every three weeks.....
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        02-14-2009, 05:18 PM
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    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.

    Where do you find hay extender?
        02-14-2009, 07:12 PM
    Just my $0.02...what helped Blaze put weight on was rice bran (2 lbs a day) and that costs $24 for a 50 lb. Bag. He's also on alfalfa meal, and I think that only cost $16 for a 50 lb. Bag. He gets 2 cups of that, soaked, per day.

    The Weight Builder supplement didn't work at all for us, but I know some have had luck with it. I've heard both bad and good stories.
        02-15-2009, 07:36 AM
    My mare is a thoroughbred and she was skin and bone when I got her. Thoroughbreds put weight on a lot slower than most other breeds. I fattened her up using weightlifter and lucern chaff as well as hay. It took a very long time but she was as skinny as you can get. Im not sure if you have weightlifter where you are and if you do I don't know how much it costs there so I don't know if its cost efficient or not but that's what I did with my thoroughbred mare.

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