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post #1 of 18 Old 08-24-2013, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Help,Yearling with HUGE belly

I have a yearling colt who looks 10 months pregnant. When you stand in front of him or behind his sides stick out yet he is still kinda ribby. He is wormed every month and I just had a fecal done which came back clean so he doesn't have worms. I also thought maybe it was the grass quality so I had that tested as well. Its not awesome quality but its not bad.

He has had this belly since he was a weanling and I just cant get it to go away. He is fed 2x a day of Safe Choice Original 3# a feeding for a total of 6# daily. He is turned out 24/7 on 50 acre pasture. He is on Probios and a digestion supplement. He is exercised 2x a day for 10 min for a total of 20 min a day. He is getting GroStrong minerals has a free choice salt and mineral block.

Any Idea's why he look like this?!?
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-24-2013, 01:49 PM
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You may be overloading his system. Youngsters need to grow at their own rate and generally it's grass then supplemented with hay.
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I have no idea but it sounds like you are doing everything you can.

Sand would be my only other idea. If you bought him from a place that kept him on a sandy dry lot. But if he has lived his life on pasture, I doubt it would be sand.
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Yea I thought of that also and put him on sand clear... Nothing :( Me and my vet are at a loss here. All his test come back clean and his belly doesn't seem to be bothering him any. The next step my vet suggested is to put him in my founder pasture which has grass (but is kept VERY VERY short and is tiny) and put him on plain oats to see what happens. I would like to find another option that one just seems like a sad one to me.
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Well, there are a lot of horses out there that don't have access to lush pasture. Where I am at (Arizona) it is normal for horses to live on dry lot because we generally don't have pastures out here. I mean, some folks do, but most do not. So he's lucky to have even a short grass pasture.
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That is true :)
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post #7 of 18 Old 08-24-2013, 02:43 PM
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You might try alfalfa instead of all that grass. When I'm fitting my horses for show, they get alfalfa hay, daily dewormer and limited turn out. If they develop the pot belly from deworming, that seems to make it go away. I also feed Ultium Growth until 2 years old.
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post #8 of 18 Old 08-25-2013, 10:03 AM
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That looks like a typical baby shape to me, if its not worms and he is fit and healthy just let them be. I have a yearling filly who looks exactly the same and she is just on grass, they soon grown into their bellies.
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post #9 of 18 Old 08-26-2013, 01:08 PM
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Not enough protein in your pasture so hes eating alot of grass volume to make it up. Supplement with a bit of alfalfa. Im also not a fan of Safechoice personally either for growing horses. A higher quality feed would be my choice. Triple Crown or something similar.
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post #10 of 18 Old 08-26-2013, 06:21 PM
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Trinity3205, why don't you like Safechoice? I'm curious because my feed store that carried Triple Crown closed down so now Tractor Supply is my only feed source. That means my choices are Purina, Nutrena, oats, or alfalfa pellets. I don't mean to take over the thread, but I'm sure your answer will be informative for everyone.
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