How do you fatten up a performance horse? - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 07-10-2010, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
Exclamation How do you fatten up a performance horse?

We have performance horses but dont know how to fatten them up a little.
ImmaHorseLover is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 07-10-2010, 01:23 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,580
• Horses: 5
Why on earth would you want to fatten up a performance horse? Seems contradictory to me. Are they skinny? Malnourished? Or do you just want them to look heavier?

If you are looking to add bulk to your horse I would recommend conditioning to build muscle and topline, not fat.

All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
sarahver is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 07-10-2010, 02:10 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,296
• Horses: 1
I agree, Sarahver. These animals are athetes. Think of it as fattening up an Olympic sprinter and expecting him to win the gold. Yeah....Not quite.

My performance horses all stay on either permanent pasture grass or are at my trainers on alfalfa with joint supplements on a hard feed (Normally Omolene 200 or 300) and are worked at various paces Monday-Friday. They get muscle really fast.
Posted via Mobile Device
SorrelHorse is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 07-10-2010, 02:32 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: alberta
Posts: 2,747
• Horses: 1
Im prettty sure she means he is a little to skinny.
I would just give him Compelete feed mixed with oats. My horse gets a mash (some oats,bran,molasses,flax,compelete feed,myristol)
to keep her the perfect weight. And believe me, she works HARD, and shes not an easy keeper, but the mash (and in the summer we put her on grass some days) helps.

If there are no horses in heaven... im not going.
ridergirl23 is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 07-11-2010, 05:22 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 12,985
• Horses: 0
Yes, while appreciating that horses are commonly kept overweight, people seem to be desensitised to seeing fat horses & commonly mistake healthy ones for too skinny AND they generally fail to understand the common and often serious health problems they're causing in their horses due to obesity, my knee jerk reaction is similar to Sara & Sorrel.

But not knowing the situation, I don't want to assume. It does however sound like you're a new horse owner with little knowledge about feeding? I would advise you to get onto a good nutritional service to enable you to learn how/what's best for horses to eat. I personally subscribe to a fantastic service called FeedXL.com which is invaluable, and cheap to boot!

Depending on what you mean by 'performance horses'(eg. is this by breed or deed??) they may need a bit of extra energy compared to the average pleasure horse, but feeding grain or otherwise sugary, starchy feeds is not healthy for horses - it's 'junk food'(yes, I know it's traditional).

Having said that, the way you feed is also important and can reduce the likelihood of problems that are caused by 'junk food'!
Eg: If you choose to feed grain, oats are the safest, and it also depends how/how much you feed - eg horses are trickle feeders, their systems need little & often feeding.

So.... in answer to your question, 'it depends' is the only real straight answer, along with advising you to do your homework & learn all you can about the proper care of your animals. On that note, hoofrehab.com is a great resource for learning about the principles & factors of hooves, health & soundness & also includes a lot of stuff & links on diet/nutrition - which are of course important ingredients for hoof health as well.
loosie is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 07-11-2010, 08:05 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,175
• Horses: 3
Performance horses? But you don't know how to feed them???

Sorry, I'm a bit intolerant tonight, my dressage horse is crippled
Kayty is offline  
Reply

Tags
horse health

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse Performance Edition I shmurmer4 Horse Health 0 05-09-2009 03:26 PM
Please help me find a new performance horse!!! shermanismybaby3006 Horses for Sale 1 01-28-2009 02:05 AM
Fatten a under nourished horse? Rebel Horse Health 4 04-27-2008 03:19 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome