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    02-28-2012, 07:29 PM
  #1
Weanling
help with feeding my horse

Hi I am currently owning/leasing (the owners let me do anything with him so they say I can call him mine XD) a 7 yr old standardbred gelding. This story is kin of hard to explain as I don't know the full story buyt im going to try and explain. Here it goes in 5......4......3....2........ Berts owners sold him the year before last to some people that they thought would take care of Bert (aka Pride Ofthepacific) but they didnt a year later the orignal owners got a call one day from a horse rescue place and where asked if they would take beet back so to make a long story short Bert came home but he was soooo skinny and he had a nail in his frog!!! So now its been since the beginning of December that I have had him and he's gained alot of weight and I now have him on two and a half scoops of beet pulp fiber max and alfalfa cubes as well as paprika and some bran and sweet feed. But he still needs to gain a little bit more weight like 150 more pounds can anyone tell me what I could give him to help gain the weight (cheapest easiest stuff as I don't have alot of money and am working off his board because im not able to afford it) Any suggestions will be helpfull

Heres a pic taken today!:
Sorry its such a blurry pic I took it with my phone and he was getting mad about havin to stand
     
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    02-28-2012, 07:49 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I would ditch the sweet feed! That is just crap feed. I would change him to a fat and fiber feed. It is a peleted feed. The I would add canola or corn oil to add fat and weight without getting him hyper or sugar rushes.

He is very cute! I have a Standardbred mare, ^ that is what I feed her. But I only give her 1L of Fat and Fiber by Nutrapack and will add the oil if she seems to need some weight in the winter. And LOTS of hay! :)
     
    02-28-2012, 07:57 PM
  #3
Weanling
Oops I forgot to say he gets two flakes of hay in am and two-three flakes pm and one flake for lunch (with lunch he gets one cup of fibermax and two cups of beet pulp and a handfull of alfalfa cubes I only add sweet feed because he hates plain beet pulp. And the reason he gets fibermax is because every one at the barn get fibermax( I have to mix it up or he will it the fiber max and leave the beet pulp)
How much canola oil should I give him and would I give it to him once a day
     
    02-28-2012, 11:17 PM
  #4
Weanling
Im going to up his feed as of tommoz any one else have any idea on what I could give Bert to gain some more weight
     
    02-28-2012, 11:51 PM
  #5
Weanling
Alfalfa and molasses is probably crap too but if you free feed it it really does put the weight on fast and it's not real expensive. From the picture your horse looks to be in pretty fair shape. You would only be feeding it for a short time. Ok. I have been wanting the opportunity to broach this subject. Went to Steens Mountain last year in eastern Oregon and had the opportunity to view close up a wild horse herd. The horses looked good but none were fat. That's high desert country and it's mostly sage brush, probably with some sparse spring grass that soon dries out. It takes about a hundred acres to keep a cow. Wild horses survive on this, are never wormed and live longer than their domestic counter parts. It makes me think that we over mineralize, supplimentize, and vitiminize our horses to death. After feeding all that junk we pen them up so they can't exercise like they are supposed to. Well, I don't. I just give my horse a lot of 200 dollar a ton grass hay, provide a mineral block and turn him out every day. Sometimes I think horse people are the most gullible people in the world. If you put a pretty label with a line of bull and a fancy price on something people will buy it. I regularly get a slick brochure advertising packeted suppliments. It goes straight to the round file. I have enough trouble with those pesky little ketchup packets in McDonalds. My fries are cold by the time I get one open and half of it ends up on my fingers. Half of my thumb is missing on my roping hand and that doesn't help.
     
    02-28-2012, 11:58 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by eliduc    
Alfalfa and molasses is probably crap too but if you free feed it it really does put the weight on fast and it's not real expensive. From the picture your horse looks to be in pretty fair shape. You would only be feeding it for a short time. Ok. I have been wanting the opportunity to broach this subject. Went to Steens Mountain last year in eastern Oregon and had the opportunity to view close up a wild horse herd. The horses looked good but none were fat. That's high desert country and it's mostly sage brush, probably with some sparse spring grass that soon dries out. It takes about a hundred acres to keep a cow. Wild horses survive on this, are never wormed and live longer than their domestic counter parts. It makes me think that we over mineralize, supplimentize, and vitiminize our horses to death. After feeding all that junk we pen them up so they can't exercise like they are supposed to. Well, I don't. I just give my horse a lot of 200 dollar a ton grass hay, provide a mineral block and turn him out every day. Sometimes I think horse people are the most gullible people in the world. If you put a pretty label with a line of bull and a fancy price on something people will buy it. I regularly get a slick brochure advertising packeted suppliments. It goes straight to the round file. I have enough trouble with those pesky little ketchup packets in McDonalds. My fries are cold by the time I get one open and half of it ends up on my fingers. Half of my thumb is missing on my roping hand and that doesn't help.
I don't free feed they hay cubes and the sweet feed I give him hardly has any molasses in it and I only add less then half a cup its just to add flavor to his beet pulp because he doesnt like it I have to mix the beet pulp and fiber max or he will only eat the fiber max. Im not one of those type of people to supplement nor am I looking for expencive :} im only upping his feed because he's still a bit to skinny he looks much better then in december in december you could see his ribs!!!!!!!!!!! And I could even see his spine :{
     
    02-29-2012, 05:33 PM
  #7
Weanling
If you have a tractor supply near you I recommend going and buying some rice bran oils from them. It comes in a gallon jug and costs about $20. It's specifically for horses, in expensive, and easy to add. You just build up from a couple table spoons in his grain to a half a cup. It's pure fat and hasn't caused any of my critters to get hot. Just be careful, I volunteer at a horse rescue and we get a lot of under weight horses. If he isn't strong enough to ride yet you should be taking regular long walks with him on the lead line. Putting all that weight on too fast without working out can be unhealthy. It usually takes us a while to get them to the right weight, but if you do it right and take your time, it really pays off in the end.
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    03-01-2012, 11:52 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Do you wet down the beet pulp? If it's fed dry, he may choke on it. If you soak it with water for about 10-15 minutes, where it's about oatmeal consistency, it should be good. Then you could just mix that in with the rest of his feed and he won't be able to pick out what he does and doesn't like.
     
    03-01-2012, 12:07 PM
  #9
Weanling
I have started mixing his feed when I noticed he kept eating the fiber max but I now soak them together then mix his paprika and soaked hay cubes in with the beetpulp and fiber max mixture. I have now upped his food to almost a full scoop of everything so hopefully he will gain the weight he needs
     
    03-01-2012, 12:23 PM
  #10
Green Broke
That sounds so complicated. My mare gets 3 scoops of One 'N Only, and my welsh pony gets 2, once a day and they have 24/7 turnout on 10 acres. They're chubbies with eating just that!
     

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