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post #11 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 03:11 PM
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If you are looking for a grain supplement, try Max-E-Glow, by manna pro. It is a rice bran, high fat supplement that does NOT make the horse hot. I used it on my arab and he gained weight quite quickly (granted he was only 4). This is what my barn owner recomends and it works wonders.

I will check with her tonight to see what she feeds her 27 yr QH who has heaves and is hard to keep weight on. But he looks quite well for all his medical problems. I do know though, that she feeds him equine seinor, and because he hardly has any teeth, she also feeds him alfalfa pellets.
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post #12 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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How often do I need to take it off?
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Ok that would be great! Just let me know what she feed him and I will check into the max e glow!
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post #14 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 03:18 PM
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At this point, go ahead and try Cool Calories. I still have the empty container that I bought, lol. You live in NC, so I'd try a lightweight blanket, but ONLY when he's shivering and preferably at night, when we have heat radiating upwards. Corporal would always grow a shaggy coat. You WILL get your coldest weather in the next 2 months, and March is always wet east of the Mississippi, so you'll be busy with that blanket for the next 3 months.
It's going to be a struggle, but I'd try ANYTHING that seems sensible. I'll bet he's had a blanket on before, but do introduce it slowly. I remember when I bought my horse, "Tyke", before I had my own trailer. I friend trailering him over for me, and she took her good time getting him loaded bc he was a strange horse, to her. Later on, we discovered that he'd been, among other things, a TB Pony horse, with lots of experiences. I'd try just throwing a blanket over his back, croup and tail and tighten it with baling twine. If he looks at you like, "You're pretty silly, but you're only human," in that condescending Arabian way, you'll know he's been blanketted before.
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post #15 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 03:51 PM
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Yup will do!


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post #16 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 04:20 PM
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My old guy is lacking in the teeth department (he's 30) and started losing weight 2 winters ago. I tried what seemed like everything.

It's a pain but he gets a mash and has done amazing on it. It consists of ProAdvantage balancer, beet pulp, alfalfa cubes and Boost-It liquid fat supplement from Vapco. He has a hard time with hay with his lack of teeth, so I chop timothy/orchard grass hay in a drum with the weedeater. He gets it free choice.

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post #17 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 06:03 PM
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I would also recommend the rice-bran. It's the only thing that got our TB gelding (late teens) to gain weight.

As for the blanket, I'd take it of daily if possible and give him a good brushing to keep his coat looking nice and his circulation going. How much of a winter coat does he have?

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post #18 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 06:07 PM
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we also use maxi-glo for our older mare(27) last winter she started dropping weight like crazy and we had already been using pro manna for our TB gelding(terrible keeper) and so we started giving it to Sugar too and saw great improvement. She's back to her old weight and we havnt had a problem since.

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post #19 of 27 Old 01-12-2012, 09:26 PM
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Well I spoke to the barn owner, and all she feeds her old man is a mixture of Equine senior, rolled oats w/ molasses, and calf manna. She then in a separate bucket feeds hay pellets, she called them sheep pellets. They are just lil bitty things, but they pretty much disintegrate upon contact with moisture (saliva). Hope this helps, at least a little bit!


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post #20 of 27 Old 01-13-2012, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone these are all very helpful tips! I have done some research since yesterday and I think I am going to try the blue seal carb guard, alfalfa pellets and the cool calories. Along with a blanket at night and really windy/freezing days. My local vet also carries costal burmuda hay that is really high in protein and nutrients, I am going to add a flake or two of that in a day with his regular hay ration. I tried a blanket that I borrowed on him last night and he took it fine, he didnt even bother to spook from it! So I hope this works!!
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