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post #1 of 12 Old 09-28-2013, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Help me fatten up my AQHA.

I've recently acquired a nice 5 year old AQHA gelding. He is coming along nicely, but I'd like to help him add some pounds. Been pleased with the way he's adding muscle definition as we've been working him in the round pen. I've heard some say beet pulp is the way to go? What about oil? Wanted your thoughts. His normal diet is good hay, oats, and pasture about 8-10 hours a day.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-28-2013, 02:00 PM
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I do not recommend oats as they can make a horse very hot, and this horse is already young. I would try a pelleted grain high in fat. As for adding weight,I like beet pulp and have had great success with it. I added about 150 pounds to one of mine in maybe a 4-5 week period. Senior grain can help, also. There are a couple supplements out there that help with weight gain as well.
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-28-2013, 02:11 PM
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I would find a high fat, low NSC grain and feed the recommended amount. Start there and see where that leads you. I feed my hard keeper six pounds a day of a 10% fat grain and two cups of vegetable oil. It put 50 pounds on her in six weeks. Doesn't sound like a lot, but during that period she was still being intensely worked. I can't imagine what it would do if I fed her and let her sit! Because of all that fat, she's also on a vitamin E supplement.
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Purina Ultium, pricey and worth every dime.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-28-2013, 06:25 PM
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If he doesn't get free choice hay, that's all you need to put on pounds...all the hay he can eat.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-29-2013, 01:07 PM
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I second the ultium! Has worked wonders on both of my guys now. Drifter looks completely different and whiskey no longer looks like a half starved little scarecrow.

It's high in fat content and fiber and gives then the necessary energy for hard work without overloading them with sugars. They don't get hot on it. They are also sleek and shiny :)

Your boy should do well on it. Drifter is 9, almost 10 and Whiskey is about 4 1/2
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-29-2013, 06:06 PM
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Before you do anything, give him 24/7 hay. Always increase their forage before anything. If that is not working very well, add beetpulp to his diet. I have learned from experience :) Different grains get them full of energy and if it was my horse, spooky.

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post #8 of 12 Old 09-29-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Before you do anything, give him 24/7 hay. Always increase their forage before anything. If that is not working very well, add beetpulp to his diet. I have learned from experience :) Different grains get them full of energy and if it was my horse, spooky.
Thx for this advice. I've noticed that Duke's been a little spooky lately which was uncharacteristic. I'm going to try the all hay diet, with some beet pulp I think and see what happens.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-01-2013, 01:27 PM
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I feed Sentinel. You can find info on it at Sentinel™ — Guardian of Equine Health

I have had great success with this feed. I have a senior AQHA that cannot keep weight on at all, and the senior feed is the only thing I have found that has really helped in regards to a feed. I also feed quality alfalfa/orchard grass feed. I like the Sentinel because it is easily digestible. There isn't a bunch that is just passed through, so they are able to absorb and optimal amount of nutrients, and it is not molasses based, so they are not burning because of sugar overload.

Sentinel does have a feed called "Grow and Excel." That might be a good choice as he is still a growing horse. Just my two cents
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-01-2013, 02:06 PM
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I agree with the upping hay consumption. Just make sure it's high quality forage or he will just end up with a big hay belly.
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