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post #1 of 10 Old 06-18-2012, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Helping my horse gain weight?!

My horse Bullseye isn't extremely skinny, but i can still see his ribs and when i get on him bareback his backbone is a little uncomfortable.
I dewormed him last month and im giving him oat, vitamins, and weight builder. And i work him about an hour and a half each day.
Oh and i let him eat grass everyday. But i still feed him hay.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-18-2012, 02:56 AM
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I don't think you should work this horse an hour and a half each day when he's that skinny. He needs to be a lot fatter before he can handle that kind of workout. Think about increasing how much hay he gets and putting him on a grain with a higher % percentage
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Have you had his teeth checked? If this is just a recent thing, him losing weight it he might need his teeth floated or something.

Free choice grass and/or hay is a MUST constantly have either or avaliable and a good quality high fat feed like Purina strategy feed is a good thing too I tried weight builder and I didn't have much luck but other than that I wouldn't work with him that long everyday the more you work with him the more he'll lose and won't gain whatever you take out of him put back in. Putting weight on a horse takes time depending on what your ideal weight is for him and if he's a hard keeper or not will determine how long it will take. It took me about 6mos to get my very hard keeper OTTB up to an ideal weight what I did was have a round bale of hay always available to him and feed Purina strategy 3x a day and worked with him like once or twice a week to help build muscle. Good luck with putting weight on him!
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Is he losing weight or has he always just been a hard keeper? I agree that you're working him too long if he needs to put on weight. I also agree that free choice, high quality grass hay is the best thing you can do. Also, oats aren't very good for adding weight and some horses do great with a weight gain supplement whereas others don't really respond to it. Most of these supplements are just dehydrated vegetable fat. Rice bran is a very good way to get weight on a horse without making them hot or adding risk of developing ulcers.

If your horse is losing weight I would have a vet out so they can give him a full physical, including checking his teeth and possibly running blood work. And definitely cut back on the amount of time you're working him until you figure out a good reason why he's skinny.
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The thing that's always helped my hard keeper from getting too thin was high quality hay or grass available at all times. High quality being key. Variety too. Different kinds of hay or grass and hay... she is a very picky eater and gets bored always eating the same thing..
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Also, I can understand working your horse that long if they are hot. Not that it's ideal at this point and should be cut down... but it can be harder to handle a hot horse that doesn't get a good workout every day. And hard keepers often are hot. Most of the calories should come from hay, but the rest should come from a 'cool calorie' feed. Such as a grain that's higher in fat and lower in starches.
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Pictures would be helpful.

If he is ribby and his spine is protruding he does not need to be getting worked for an hour and a half everyday. Depending on the extent of his skinniness some time without any work at all may be prudent.

As far as feeding goes, the single most important component of a horse's diet is good quality hay. He should be getting a minimum of 2% of his ideal bodyweight in hay.

Weigh everything you feed him. Cups and scoops are useless when it comes to properly formulating a balanced diet.
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Thank you!

Thank you guys! I've been working him for only about 30 minutes now, because he gets cranky when he sits around all day. I will try these ideas and see what works best! Thank you!
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I posted a picture of him on my page that shows his ribs
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Also measuring up personally with those out your own primary environment may well not function.

The ranges of chubby and also weight problems in a single nation, for example the United States of America or even England, tend to be higher than in The Holland. Therefore a Dutch can shoot for a smaller proposed weight compared to an American when almost all he or she has done is usually to compare and contrast him or her self for other men and women.

You can find 3 ways to assist you discover whether or not your current bodyweight is good, plus just what your personal focus must be if it isn't. You'll be able to determine your own Bmi, Weight-Height Ratio, or even Entire body Fat Percent.

Bmi as well as WHR can be determined quickly at home. WHR is a bit more exact compared to Bmi. Even so, Body mass index will be a helpful signal if you're "normal" individual - no sportsman or even a focused body weight coach.

In case you start on a fat loss program which includes dieting and exercise, please remember the workout probably will raise your muscles, which can build up your bodyweight, although your current waistline may well reduce. Muscle tissue weighs about a lot more than body fat.

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