Feeding pasture fed horses...They look thin. - Page 2

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Feeding pasture fed horses...They look thin.

This is a discussion on Feeding pasture fed horses...They look thin. within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

    Like Tree4Likes

    LinkBack Thread Tools
        10-30-2013, 09:17 PM
    Do you by chance have pictures of the horses? So we can see just what condition they are in?
    Sponsored Links
        10-30-2013, 10:48 PM
    Yeah I do.

    Not sure if you can tell, I wasn't that close. I'll see if I can take better ones in the morning.
        10-30-2013, 11:30 PM
    In addition to what has already been mentioned, I wonder if they might need a bit more protein in their diet. Some grass hays, and therefore some grasses, don't have much protein in them at all. When feeding a horse, I like to have absolutely no less than 10% protein on my easy keepers, but on my hard keepers, I like to keep it up somewhere around 15%-18%.

    For that reason, I like alfalfa for keeping weight on a horse. You can get it in pellet or cube form from the feed store. Added protein helps them to build and maintain muscle, which it looks like yours need with the prominent spines and pointy hips.
    KigerQueen likes this.
        10-31-2013, 01:04 AM
    They don't look that bad in those pictures weight wise.
        11-04-2013, 04:04 PM
    My mare had a bout with a health issue & she lost some weight last year. I had really good luck with adding oil--try either canola oil, soybean oil (which is just plain vegetable oil) or a combo of both. Also, Cocosoya is good. Corn oil isn't great. I've heard people having good luck with DAC oil too.

    I generally prepare a "snack" for my mare, usually after work, of 3-4 measured cups of alfalfa pellets, 1-2 cups of rice bran & 1-2 cups of timothy hay pellets & drizzle about a cup of oil over it all. Mix well.

    Add oil gradually or you'll see some loose poops. Start out with 1/8 cup for a few days, then increase by 1/4 cup every 5 days or so.

    This combo has really packed the pounds (& muscle & shine) on my mare. I started in May & she is nice & fluffy now going into winter.
        11-05-2013, 09:34 AM
    Super Moderator
    I think they could do with a bit more weight on them - especially going into winter when you're already going to have to feed extra for warmth - unless you stable at night or blanket
    Agree some higher protein would help - especially if they're young horses - and adding more fat to their diet too - you could use a complete feed that's high in fats and protein or use alfalfa pellets and maybe some rice bran. If they winter out they will burn up calories just keeping warm

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:


    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Feeding grain in pasture wguisbert54 Horse Nutrition 15 10-13-2013 10:41 PM
    The difference between thin-thin and muscle-loss-thin? Wallaby Horse Health 7 12-03-2012 09:41 AM
    Thin horse one feeding per day Diegosmom Horse Health 20 09-05-2011 02:30 PM
    feeding thin thoroughbred cheethamz17 Horse Health 14 12-09-2008 12:45 AM
    Pasture Fed tiffanyp1980 Horse Health 2 03-11-2008 11:40 PM

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:01 AM.

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0