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        07-29-2012, 06:26 PM
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    Weanling
    Exclamation How to keep his weight on?

    I show in the local 4-H, and you have to keep the horse on the fairgrounds for the stall shift you sign up for, which is about 3 days.

    Every year, when 4-H rolls around, Comet will be in great shape and have a good weight. But once he stays at the 4-H barn, he drops a ton of weight. (I don't know how it's possible, since it's only about 3 days...but he does!)

    I feed him TONS (wayyy more than he gets at home...he lives in the pasture and only is in a stall the night before a show), but he still loses a lot.

    Is there anything I could do to keep his weight okay? I don't know what a standard supplement would do, because again, it's only a few days, but is there something I could add to his food? I don't want to give him too much grain because he gets really hyper. He's in the stall after the show is over, so he doesn't really get exercise unless I take him out to a pen and ride him (and there's strict rules about when you can and can't ride them...so frequent rides can't happen).

    Any ideas?
         
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        07-30-2012, 04:00 AM
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    Trained
    Need more details on what 'heaps' you feed. Free choice hay is one thing I'd consider a 'must'. But I'm guessing stress may play a big part, so speaking to your vet about a sedative or such may be worth considering.

    Mind you, if he is getting a healthy diet & not going hungry, I also wouldn't worry about him dropping weight over 3 days, as he's not going to have lost a huge amount.
         

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