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post #11 of 31 Old 08-12-2009, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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oh sorry i actually stopped working them and they have been home for a month a little more, and they looked fine for the first few weeks and then i could see the outline of ribs on both of them and i started getting worried so i uped everything and they stopped loosing but they are not gaining. i have a before pic and i will take more today of both of them if you all like... i am not starving so please do not think that i am just getting worried!
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If they arent loosing anymore weight, then I wouldnt worry. some horses can drop it like nothing, but its harder to gain back. The more you work them, I would just up there food that much more. Plus, you probably see them everyday, and because you are so worried about it, you may not see a change right away. does that make sense?

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that is a good point..do u still want pics of them now
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I agree, the lose fast, gain slow. But if you post now pictures we can maybe see how much weight they lost.
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oh sorry i actually stopped working them and they have been home for a month a little more, and they looked fine for the first few weeks and then i could see the outline of ribs on both of them and i started getting worried so i uped everything and they stopped loosing but they are not gaining. i have a before pic and i will take more today of both of them if you all like... i am not starving so please do not think that i am just getting worried!
So, if I am reading this correctly, they have been home for a month, you noticed loss after a few weeks and adjusted feed -- that would mean they've been on the adjusted feed for a week or maybe two, right? I would say that maintaining after a week of adjusted feed to stop loss isn't really that bad. The fact that they aren't losing is good news. The short time makes me think it's like a combination of stress/reaction to the change and also the change in feed as far as what was in the pasture they were on before and what they are eating now (are they grazing at your place now? Were they on hay at the old place or just pasture grazing?).
Is the grain a straight up grain (obvious oats for example), a sweet feed blend or all pellet? Straight grain and/or sweet feed aren't really great for building weight. Certain pelleted blends can be good.
I would give it another week or two and see if they go from maintaining their weight to building it back up. If they don't gain, start looking at making a change to add alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, rice bran, etc as they are great builders.
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Were they boarded before where other people were at the barn a lot?

It's possible people were feeding them a lot of treats, whereas now they don't get them.

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yea there was hay at the old place and they had 2 acres of pasture and now they have pasture and hay and i guessing sweet feed becasue it is a mix. i think it is stress related and alot of people were there but my horse was never to be touched unless i knew who it was or my trainers and of course me.. there was some sick people there that would do anthing to make sure u couldnt show or win but thats off topic...sorry...
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^ dont be sorry, every little detail could be important!

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lol i get off topic very easily
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