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    08-19-2012, 09:39 PM
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Foal
Exclamation Help! Underweight Arabian!

Hey, I have an Arabian that severely underweight and I don't know how to get him to gain weight. We have tried every thing with grains and mash and senior feed and it just doesn't help! He is 26 but I have heard that Arabians live a long time. Any suggestions?
     
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    08-19-2012, 09:41 PM
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Green Broke
When was he last vetted, floated, FEC'd and/or de-wormed? What is his current feed program? What is the main forage he is on (pasture, grass hay, alfalfa....). How long has he had this weight problem and just how far underweight is he? Photos would be helpful in assessing that as what one person sees as "severely underweight" can vary from the idea another may have.
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    08-19-2012, 09:45 PM
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Weanling
Shredded beet pulp works good. Make sure its not a medical problem first.
     
    08-19-2012, 10:31 PM
  #4
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Originally Posted by sinsin4635    
Shredded beet pulp works good. Make sure its not a medical problem first.
Make sure you soak it so he doesn't choke .

What's his current feed schedule? How much hay/forage is he getting? Is he on a good worming program? Teeth done recently? A good rule for feeding is to feed little and often. If you can give a few pounds of grain 3-4 times a day, it's better than 10 lbs twice a day.
     
    08-20-2012, 04:01 AM
  #5
Trained
Hi,

No, Arabs don't have a longer lifespan than other horses - 30-35yo is about average. They are a naturally lighter, finer breed than many types though, so may look underweight compared to some... especially when people are so desensitised to seeing fat horses these days - not a personal comment of course, but worth considering. A horse shouldn't get skinny purely because it's older - unless it's like 38yo & doesn't have any teeth left!

As others have asked, we need more info before we can give you specific advice. Along with other questions, how long did you 'try' all the different options for? What exactly were the 'grains', 'mash' and how much of these did he get daily, over how many meals? Has he been scoped or treated for ulcers? Has he been tested for IR or such? How about nutrition - has he been tested for major deficiencies or imbalances?

Horses' GI tracts are built for tiny amounts of low grade forage going through their system near constantly. They don't cope well with large &/or infrequent meals and don't cope well with starchy or 'rich' feeds very well.

So, assuming teeth, worms, ulcers or other health probs aren't an issue, first & foremost, good, free choice grass hay or grass is vital. If the horse's teeth are too worn to deal with stemmy grass well, you will need to consider a 'prechewed' alternative, such as chaff, chop or such.

While grain is not necessarily bad for horses, it is very high in starch and unprocessed grains are very hard for the horse to digest. Porblems associated with grain/high starch diets are colic, ulcers, hind gut acidosis, laminitis and weightloss. So I would personally choose a healthier alternative to grain wherever possible. If you are going to feed grain, it's important to feed it processed/cooked and in small meals mixed with a fair bit of roughage, over at least a few feeds daily.

Some alternatives to grain for weight gain are beet pulp, lucerne/alfalfa, rice bran, soy hulls and soy or copra meal.
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    08-20-2012, 08:23 AM
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Foal
I have a 24 year old arab. I had trouble with her weight this year and I found that the triple crown complete with rice bran and 2 to 4 flakes of alfalfa a day worked. I am giving her 5lbs of the feed a day twice a day. Then I gave her 2 cups of rice bran with it. The rice bran is fatty. Beet pulp didnt work on mine cause beet pulp is only fiber/protein. Let ur arab get the fiber/protein from hay and grass. Also with the feed and rice bran I wet it 2 make sure mine doesnt choke on it because she doesnt chew her food. Hope this helps and good luck.
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    08-20-2012, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Make sure you soak it so he doesn't choke .
YES, and I would also say that all "pelleted" food should be soaked as well. I have had two horses choke on pelleted food.
     

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