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    05-27-2010, 01:47 PM
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Hey there! I'm new to this site and have a question regarding my horse,Turtle! I recently moved him to a new barn..we both LOVE it!! He was being fed Mccauley's sweet feed and grain, with hay twice a day. Now that he is transferred he is just fed grain, with no hay. He is also free fed since he is pasture boarded! When I bought him he had been free fed. Since we moved, I have noticed that he has dropped some weight, with the Summer coming they should start to give him some hay now. Do you guys have any advice? Any weight builders I should get? Remember- he is free fed. Thanks SO much, I take care of him well, and he isnt like noticebly skinny, but I like him to be a bit more plump! (:
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    05-28-2010, 02:31 PM
I have a very hard keeper and am a strong believer in dental health now. My gelding only needs to be done a every two-three years but my mare needs to be done every six months. Have you had his teeth done? It makes a HUGE difference. Also has he been wormed recently, now that he is pasture boarded(even if he is by himself) he is more prone to pick up worms and they can rob your horse of the nutrients he is trying to take in.
    05-28-2010, 03:34 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by free fed...

Do you mean he is in a heard with other horses and they just dump feed in buckets so any horse could come over and steal grain?

If this is the case, buy a feed bag and make sure your horse is getting his food... it's super easy and IMO is the only way to feed pasture horses.
    05-29-2010, 04:19 AM

Both 'sweet feed' and grain are generally pretty bad for horses, sorry to say. To save repeating myself too much, look up the thread 'vegetable oil or corn oil...' to learn a bit about what's good, bad & why for horses.

Unless there is a lot of poor quality long stemmed grass, I'd want to see them getting hay too. Horses need at least 2% of their bodyweight daily in fibrous forage. If he's underweight, or a good weight but losing, that would be my first answer - give him free choice - or at least plenty of hay.

Also the question of how often he is fed will effect how he's able to use it, and if being fed grain in only 1-2 feeds daily, that may be *contributing* to his weightloss rather than adding anything to him. Another question is nutrition - if he's not being correctly supped for balanced nutrition, it's possible it's a deficiency or imbalance, rather than lack of calories. ...And as you mention the word 'plump' and many people seem to like looking at mud-fat horses, I have to ask - is it possible he doesn't need any more weight now anyway because he was obese before??
    05-29-2010, 03:03 PM
He is on a regular worming schedule and yes,had a vet out a few weeks ago and his teeth are in great condition. Turtle was moved to another pasture yesterday, he is with nicer horses and the grass is better. He will be fed gay twice a day now, so this problem should get better. Yeah, when I got Turtle he was SO much skinnier than he is now. He definitely isnt skinny, my friend was telling me today that he looks fine and I need to stop worrying.(: haha

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