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post #1 of 5 Old 11-30-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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What's the best way for a horse to gain lots of weight in a short period of time? My horse is on high fat grain and has access to lots of hay... He's eating all of it but seems to lose weight. He's getting skinny and winter is here....
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-30-2012, 11:09 PM
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If he's getting too much grain for the amount of exercise he's getting, he will reduce his hay consumption and hay is his primary need. Have his teeth been checked? Points which create cheek ulcers will cause weight loss. There is no such thing as getting weight on a horse fast. It takes time.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-30-2012, 11:29 PM
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High fat isn't necessarily the answer. Constant source of calories is. Pasture or hay is better for weight gain. In my opinion, just experience.
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How old is the horse? Age can be a factor in keeping some horses healthy and at good weight.

How long since the horse's teeth have been checked?

Have fecals been done in the last few months to learn if the horse has a worm issue?

Metabolic issues can make a horse lose weight instead of gain weight

I have one of each.

When the vet did physicals in October, he said to not let the horse with Equine Metabolic Syndrome lose anymore weight, going into winter. I have been able to get some weight back on him but it's been carefully managed due to his insulin issues; part of the management is feeding him three times daily.

My point is, get the vet involved and go from there
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-01-2012, 08:37 AM
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Odie lost A LOT of weight last winter. He's always been an easy keeper, so I was concerned and had the vet out. After doing a complete work up and everything coming back good, the vet had me increase his protein intake to 25%. It's worked miracles. My chunky monkey was back by summer
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