Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Gidget, if you have a mineral block for her, she's getting the required vitamins and minerals from that.
Many horses get nothing but good hay and mineral blocks and they're fat, sleek, shiny, and healthy.
If you want to give her something pelleted, try beet pulp pellets. They're great for adding weight, but not making the horse nutso with sugar.
Rice and wheat bran are also excellent for helping with weight gain without the added sugar, so your vet's right on the money with that advice.
I don't even keep sweet feed on the property. I feed an alfalfa based food pellet along with beet pulp and good hay. During the summer they don't even get hay, just pasture. I keep two 50 lb. Mineral blocks out for them, too.
As Cori said, it may not be weight she needs so much as muscling. A horse's ribs can show if they're not muscled properly. If they're dropping weight from the spine and hip bones though, something's not right.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 10-06-2010 at 04:16 PM.