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    08-10-2013, 02:07 PM
  #1
Weanling
He's growing taller!

Hey guys,
This summer I aas working on getting Apollo just a bit fatter. Not a lot, but the vet recommended I try to get a little weight put on. Well, I did. He is naturally a more slender breed.
Well I was noticing him getting leaner.. we string tested him and he grew... he is 5 now. I've been talking with a local saddlebred breeder and she looked at his photos and said he probably will hit 17hh if not taller, and he won't be done till around 7.

Anyhow, I got some grain, its purina natures something. I can't remember right off. But I got it so he could gain a few lbs before winter. Is it a good idea to give him some extra calories if he seems to be having a growth spurt ? He is on 24/7 pasture plus bit of grain at night. But he runs around and plays like a mad man.

The bag recommends 1lb a day. But he doesn't need to gain THAT much weight... So were going to start with 1/2 lb at first and go from there.
     
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    08-10-2013, 02:17 PM
  #2
Yearling
Rather than add grain I would add something like Rice Bran and/or Beet Pulp. Horses still growing are going to be slimmer until they stop growing and start filling out..just nature.

Might want to ask your vet their opinion given that they know the horse.
     
    08-10-2013, 02:19 PM
  #3
Weanling
Its hard to see but his croup/and rear is very slender.
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    08-10-2013, 02:27 PM
  #4
Yearling
Nice area :)...I don't see a lack of weight..maybe more a lack of muscling; with his head down it is hard to tell. From this angle he looks pretty good to me but a shot where he is standing squared up (call it a conformation pose) may be more help.
     
    08-10-2013, 02:30 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tlkng1    
Rather than add grain I would add something like Rice Bran and/or Beet Pulp. Horses still growing are going to be slimmer until they stop growing and start filling out..just nature.

Might want to ask your vet their opinion given that they know the horse.

I called her first. She said get something high in fat, low in sugar and has essential vitamins.
The grain I got has this but, it's for performance horses and is VERY high fat. But low sugar. I was actually told not to do beet pulp, and rice bran.
He is extremely active and I think that + growing spurts is keeping a little more slender than he should be. We are also riding and doing stuff now which is also burning calories.

I do know he will be a little spindley until he gets older, just his croup and butt look sooo skinny when I'm on him. It's not so bad looking at him from the side.
The man at the feed bin really helps me out and he recommended this grain, he said I can feed less than what it says and see how it goes from there.
     
    08-10-2013, 02:33 PM
  #6
Weanling
Here is another after he started the spurt.
He is standing all wonky but you can see how slender he is. We are starting to work now so he is slowly gaining muscle. :)
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    08-10-2013, 02:34 PM
  #7
Weanling
Here is his butt. Excuse my butt. :p
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    08-10-2013, 02:36 PM
  #8
Weanling
Ill try to get a better pic when I'm on him. Hehe that one doesn't show much.
     
    08-10-2013, 02:45 PM
  #9
Weanling
Okay I found a butt one.

I wasn't too real worried about his weight except people always tell me how he looks so skinny. Now I've been obsessing. And when I compare pictures from when I first got him his butt looks skinnier. The vet said he is was 4 1/2 out 5 on the weight scale. Ever since she said that I just want to make sure I'm doing everything right. Especially when I got him to gain the weight in the first place he was NOT being worked... Then as soon as he gets perfect his spurts like a weed... Zzz

Edit: if you look at his croup you can see its kinda bony. Is that muscling that he is lacking? We don't jump or anything we've just started under saddle. His front end looks better than when I got him.. It's just the rear that bothers me.
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    08-10-2013, 02:53 PM
  #10
Yearling
OK, now I agree he looks slender...cute boy though.

First let me start out by saying I love the Pacific NW..I was stationed in Oregon for three years and loved it.

No rice bran or beet pulp..that is interesting..amy particular reason why? There is a supplement out there called Cool Calories..it helps add calories without making the horse "hot." There is also the other easier way of doing things by adding simple corn oil to his feed.

I put the link to a thread here of my TB who needed about 150 pounds when I brought him home. At first I was just using a pelleted feed (Horseman's Edge by Purina) with a Rice Bran top dressing and then once he gained his weight (and more muscling) I switched to Purina Ultium and stopped the Rice Bran top dressing (in this case Ultium has added Rice Bran and Beet Pulp).



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