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  • 27yr old thoroughbred that is really thin but eats well
  • Feeding a thin horse in australia

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    12-08-2008, 11:44 AM
Green Broke
He doesn't NEED hay if he has access to quality pasture grass. PASTURE is really what horses "need". It's just that most of us don't have enough pasture to sustain our horses' weight, or we don't fertilize it to keep it growing well.

I would go with beet pulp and add a fat supplement like corn oil or rice bran. See if you can get your hands on some probiotics too. They are a digetsive aid that will make sure he's properly digesting and utilizing all of his feed properly. Keep feeding the oats, but just the oats (2-3 lbs dry weight, 1 kg).

Also, make sure he is thoroughly dewormed. I don't know what kind of worms you have to worry about in Australia, but I'd imagine it's the same as us in the USA, or similar. I would deworm him now with a double dose of Pyrantel paste (Strongid, Rotectin P) and Ivermective + praziquantel in 4 weeks (Zimectrin Gold, Equimax).
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    12-08-2008, 09:51 PM
Well in Australia... I wouldget him onto a senior feed, There's Hygain senior, Mitavite Gumnuts etc. You can supplement this with grain if need be, but just grain on it's own is not very balanced. Sunflower seeds are high in fat and will also make him all shiny. What is your paddock like? I know at my place it's not exactly lush, cursed drought. If there isn't a whole lot of decent grass (not too much paspalam/tussock/curse/mustard weed/St Johns Wort mixed in) then I would look into getting some lucerne or even pasture hay, just to supplement the pasture. If your remote, ask some of the farmers nearby if they have any, or if they are buying any for their stock if you could add a few bales, they nromally order in bulk so it won't be too expensive. A friend of mine had great success with her thoroughbred on a rice meal, very high in fat. Also copra (a coconut meal) is an excellent feed for gaining weight. Also lupins (soaked). A ration balancer is always a good idea, or I think here in Aus you can buy a lick similar to the ones they give cattle, that helps them get the most nutrition out of their feed, and the horses self-dose when they need it. I can't remember what it's called but ask at your local stockfeed store. If you want a single balanced feed, then I feed 'vitality plues' it has grains, extruded pellets, seeds, minerals/vitamins and a bit of molasses thrown in to make it tastier. Our horses go ga ga over it! That's all I can think of for now, let me know if you want to know anything else :]
    12-08-2008, 09:52 PM
Also, definitely deworm, and also get his teeth checked out.
    12-08-2008, 10:12 PM
Originally Posted by jazzyrider    
my advice...lose the oats. At his age I would be sure he is getting good quality hay and a cool based feed. I personally would recommend beet pulp and a good senior pellet. He would probably also benefit from a complete supplement of some kind.

This is one of my horses. He is a 27 year old standardbred and he has come up beautifully on the beet pulp, lucerne hay and millrun. I did have him on senior pellets but I wasnt happy with the ones available to me anymore
Your Standardbred looks AMAZING for 27! Good Work!
    12-09-2008, 12:45 AM
Aaaw thank you :) tis not easy keeping the old fella looking nice. Its nice when people notice :)

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