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        07-18-2011, 04:50 PM
      #11
    Foal
    With your situation I would feed twice a day. Our horses are fed 2x per day and with my guy needing to gain weight I'm considering a third at lunch time- well for now until I get back to school and work :) Breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day for people :)
         
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        07-18-2011, 04:53 PM
      #12
    Showing
    What rlcarnes said.

    My horses are fed twice a day, with about 12 hours in between feedings.

    They're out on pasture the rest of the time, so it's not like they're going around with empty stomachs that whole time between.
         
        07-18-2011, 04:55 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    We also had someone here who was feeding and feeding alfalfa pellets and the horse was allergic to alfalfa, she changed him off of them and viola, started gaining.
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        07-18-2011, 11:18 PM
      #14
    Trained
    It would be best if he could be fed at least twice a day. You could safely give him more total feed that way. I am glad that you have the free choice hay. He needs more feed; you need to increase it gradually. Sudden changes could cause him to colic. I may be old school, but I would add a cup of Carnation Calf Manna twice a day.
         
        07-18-2011, 11:31 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Hi Estrada,

    I am not saying he may not need extra feed, but without pics & much more info, I wouldn't want to say he definitely does either. For eg. Healthy horses - regardless of age - don't generally need more than forage, if they have it free choice and their nutritional needs are met(usually with supps). So perhaps it's another issue rather than lack of calories. Worms, teeth, stress or pain, ulcers, etc, etc? Or perhaps it's just a 'gangly phase' &/or that he's a stud.

    If you are going to feed 'hard feed' to him, it doesn't matter what times of day you do it, but it does need to be little & often, not only once or twice per day. Feeding a rich feed only infrequently &/or in big meals can cause more problems & may 'cure' none.

    See the other recent thread about weight loss for more info.
         

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