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post #1 of 17 Old 01-15-2008, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Cry for help yet again.

I have a 7yr old Polish Arabian mare that i am training. I need weight on her. Badly. I feed her 1 1/2 scoops of Strategy twice a day and she isn't gaining weight. I have tried weight supplement. But i can't seen to get weight on her. She just got stiches and is retired to stall rest untill she heals. I desprately need weight on her, im going to start working her everyday once she is healed.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-15-2008, 04:33 PM
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I would not only wait to work her every day until she is healed, but also until she has good weight :) I personally know the calorie toll, daily work can take.

What and how much are you feeding her for hay? What exactly is strategy? protein content? how much weight is 1.5 scoops?

Have her teeth been done?
How underweight is she? can you see ribs? spine? hips? How is her energy level?

Has she been seen by the vet? Do you know why she is low on weight in the first place?

If you answer some of the above questions, it might be easier to help you. Some on here might be much better to help you than me :)
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-15-2008, 06:03 PM
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1.5 scoops does not seem enough even if its a 2 quart scoop.
My thoroughbred eats 6 quarts 2 times a day.

I used Vintage Victory, Demand and shredded beet pulp and my mare has put on 25lbs in almost 3 weeks.

If your at a loss call your vet and get recommendations.

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-15-2008, 07:07 PM
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I agree - doesn't sound like enough feed at all. My hard keeper is on:

Timothy hay - access all day/night - out 24/7
1 cup corn oil 2x per day
3 to 4 pounds Complete feed 2x per day
1 cup Rice bran once a day
4 cups soaked beet pulp (plain) twice a day
1 scoop Farnham weight builder 2x per day

He was on about half of the above (no rice bran though) and not my vet told us to double it and put him on a more nutritious feed.

I think your horse needs to eat alot more. Good luck :)
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-15-2008, 09:34 PM
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I would try her on some beet pulp its a good weight ganier that u just add water to and put in her feed she gets now it should help her out alot bc it help my friends mare out alot!! :)

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-15-2008, 10:17 PM
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A lot of info on Tim's post... I could also suggest going with a high crude fat Senior feed.

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post #7 of 17 Old 01-15-2008, 11:22 PM
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i agree. it doesnt sound like she is getting enough feed. rice bran really helps with weight. ive been using that on my tb & wb who both came to me very skinny. helps heaps :) also ive heard great things about corn oil. im going to start using that when it comes in (i order through work). also, senior pellets work wonders as well. i feed senior to my 8 year old even :)

and finally, 24/7 hay or grass. all my horses get about a bale of hay a day and grass grazing. their bodies are designed to be digesting 16 hours a day and if they dont get that, their weight can seriously suffer

i agree with AKPaintLover. i wouldnt put her on ANY regular exercise until she has gained weight otherwise you will be fighting an uphill battle with her. (a little lunging doing a it of trotting and that is good though to help her start building muscle but keep it very short. my mare was doing about 3 minutes each side every third day when i started bringing her back into work)

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post #8 of 17 Old 01-16-2008, 01:39 AM
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Read the bag and weigh the feed.
And yeah on what the other's have said. If they're not on pasture grass, you gotta give 'em hay.

The Vet that's treating your horse is your best sorce of information on diet suppliments, healing time, excercise etc. Follow his/her advice and don't try to rush things.

Just my opinon.
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-16-2008, 09:29 AM
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I also have used cool calories in the past, its a powder and smells like bubble gum.

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post #10 of 17 Old 01-16-2008, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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She gets as much hay as she can eat. Alfalfa. I used to feed her weight builder but it didn't do a thing. I'v tried beat pulp with my other horses and personally i don't like it. You can see her ribs, her chest is sunk in, she deff. needs weight in the hind end. She is about 100 pounds under weight. Her teeth have been done.

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