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    11-12-2010, 01:19 PM
Fatting up my Gelding

I have been increasing the amount of hay, grain, and corn oil steadily ever since bringing home my Gelding in August.
And just this past week I have reached a point, where he leaves hay laying about, half of his grain untouched, and his overall eating attitude is just very casual.
He is drinking, getting little turnout, and less exercise than usual, but I guess my question is, will a horse reach a point, where their appetite is more satisfied, and then just back down from having a more aggresive attitude towards their feed!
I recently increased the amount of oil to his grain, and I wonder if perhaps he doesn't like that!
I usually have a pretty good online horse sponsor, trainer, I asked these things, but she aint around for comment this week.

This pic is a couple of weeks old. Going into winter, I would like to see a little less of his ribcage!
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    11-12-2010, 01:30 PM
Im sure you have checked all this but heres a few questions for ya.

When did you have his teeth floated last?

Is there a possibility for an ulcer? Is he cinchy? Grumpy?
    11-12-2010, 01:37 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by corinowalk    
Im sure you have checked all this but heres a few questions for ya.

When did you have his teeth floated last?

Is there a possibility for an ulcer? Is he cinchy? Grumpy?
I agree, these thing should be double checked before assuming he just isn't eating because he doesn't "want" to eat. Usually if a horse goes off their feed, or doesn't eat as much, there is some underlying reason for it. I would start with Teeth and ulcers. Also, has your horse been in an area where it could have ingested sand? Sand colic can sometimes hide and you don't know it until the horse is near death from it or from a stone from it (horse stones can get to be the size of grapefruits, I know...I've seen one). One grain of sand can build up like a giant pearl in a horse's intestine...slowly building up until it gets bigger and bigger and then finally starts causing a blockage....and the symptoms can be as subtle as just not having interest in food.
    11-12-2010, 02:03 PM
Thanks for the input
I pay very close attention to him.
I may back off the suppliments and the oil, and see how he consumes his next feeding of grain as well.
Thanks again.
    11-12-2010, 02:49 PM
Green Broke
Once you've checked all that, and if you decide that he just doesn't like the supplements, you might try adding soaked beet pulp to his diet. I use it every fall to pound mine up a bit more before cold weather sets in.
    11-12-2010, 03:47 PM
From the picture he looks just right. When horses are really fit they can look like they are showing ribs but it's more the muscle over the ribs that's showing. Some horses, like some people, are just not going to get real fat.
    11-12-2010, 03:50 PM
A friend of mine couldn't fatten up her horse and I commented that her hay didn't look very good and had a musty smell. She said it was tested for nutients but I wouldn't have fed it. Her horse ate my hay well but wouldn't eat hers. Maybe your hay. Have you checked his temp?
    11-12-2010, 03:53 PM
I just went to your profile and saw this same horse in very good condition. But you say you have only had him since August??? When was the picture from? He looks in really good condition and nice coat and weight in your profile. I agree he need more weight going into winter
    11-12-2010, 05:29 PM
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I can't see pix from this machine so I'll have to wait until I get home to see them.

To answer your question, it's normal for a well fed horse that does not have to fight for his food to slow down his eating but not really normal to go off his feed.

You mentioned less turn-out. Does he have access to any grass at all? I'd give him a little turn out time on good grazing land for an hour or two to see if that doesn't jump start his appetite. I'm not a big fan of corn oil as it burns hot. I'd rather you used veggie oil.
    11-12-2010, 06:01 PM
I am kinda curious what kind of hay you are feeding; grass or alfalfa. Also, what kind of grains are you feeding him? It may not be so much that he needs more feed but maybe a different kind or combination.

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