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        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?
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        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.
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        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
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    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

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