Help getting weight on

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

Help getting weight on

This is a discussion on Help getting weight on within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-24-2011, 11:32 AM
Help getting weight on

I have a friend that has this paint mare that has been a TOTAL pain in the butt to get weight on. Now she is not dead skinny just not as fat as my friend would like her. This mare has one big strike against her and that is she has the longest back that I have ever seen and that really make her look a lot leaner than she really is.
Here is what she is fed twice daily

2 (3 quart scoops) *sorry can't weigh my food as my scale broke and got to wait til payday for another one*

Southern states Triple 10 feed --- 10% protein , 10% fat, 10%fiber ( I also mix in a little oats cause if you don't she wont eat it)

She gets plenty of hay twice a day. This mare can't get alfalfa of any kind from what I have been told it gives her the runs really bad.
Sponsored Links
    10-28-2011, 08:17 PM
Can't find any info about the 'Triple 10' feed except that it's a high carb, high fat, low fibre sweet feed. Therefore that could be part of the problem. More info on the feed would be helpful. Feeding a lower carb, higher fibre, healthier alternative could be the answer. Feeding any 'hard feed', but particularly carb rich food little & often is also important.

If the horse is not thin - just that your friend likes fat horses, perhaps it would be better to direct her to sources of info on healthy horses, weights & feeding? Is the horse in hard work? Are her teeth in good order? Has she been scoped/treated for ulcers? Worms?
    10-29-2011, 12:55 PM
I would definitely get the teeth checked out. My rescue TB was terribly thin when I got him. I got his teeth done and added a bucket of Purnia's Amplify for weight gain and it was amazing to see the difference in the weight change in 2 months. But also, despite what you do, some horses, just like people, will not gain weight.
    10-29-2011, 05:56 PM
Has she been wormed? A worm count will tell you what wormers you need to be using. You can't over feed good hay. Also feeding the same amount over more meals allows them to diest it better taking more out of the feed they eat so try giving her 4 small meals, adlib hay and worm if needed. I msure she will be big and fat soon. But with a long back being a bit lean is better for the spine. It puts less pressure on.

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
Weight help please! KDW Horse Health 5 08-27-2011 08:59 PM
Best way to put on weight? Sarahandlola Horse Health 8 03-14-2011 12:44 AM
Weight Help madisonfriday Horse Riding Critique 7 02-16-2010 10:34 AM
how much weight is too much? SonnyWimps Horse Health 0 04-09-2008 01:03 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0