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  • Health wise what should we look at when we buy a yearling horse
  • My horse looks like he is starving

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    06-28-2012, 05:37 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Question Hows he looking?

Okay so this is my 5 yr old? Registered paint gelding.. id have to look on his papers to confirm age but that's what im thinking.. Health wise, not confo how is he looking? If you can offer me any advice for feeding? Does he look skinny? To me he does a little because I can see his ribs a little, I have a hard hard time keeping weight on him in the winter.

Please don't tell me im a bad horse owner that im starving my horse or anything.. I just want to make sure he looks alright.. that he doesnt look like he is dying.. if you need better pictures just let me know and I will try to get some:)

Srry the only pictures I have are from 'puddle-ing' lol
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    06-28-2012, 05:44 PM
  #2
Foal
Is he ever cute!

To simply answer your question, yes he is a bit underweight, but not "skinny".

What is he currently being fed and how much? Hay, supplements, complete feed? Are his teeth and deworming up to date?
     
    06-28-2012, 05:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
He isnt getting anything special or anything... he is out on pasture right now, sadly my parents aren't really the ones that want to buy horses stuff and what not so I have recently got a job and I am going to take responsablilty for all of that.. um I get paid 210$ ( I know its not alot but im 15) and I have to put half up for my truck and the other have 105$ I want to get some stuff that you guys here would recemmond that I feed him.. if you want to know the kind of work I am doing with him.. recently jst light riding because its been over 100 degrees but he is learning to barrel race.. thanks! If you know anything and some stuff I can buy for cheep for him please let me know.
     
    06-28-2012, 05:59 PM
  #4
Yearling
Well, first of all, he's flipping adorable. Awesome coloring. Haha. I might start him on a bit of all around pelleted feed twice a day... I'm not quite sure the amount! You might also wanna give him a flake of hay twice a day, but I'm no nutrition expert! He looks a little skinny but not too bad.
     
    06-28-2012, 06:02 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Well thanks! I have a weight tape and it also measures how tall he is, would that information be helpful?

Does anyone know where I can get some cheap stuff that I can use? Not like where I can get it but what I should get?
     
    06-28-2012, 06:15 PM
  #6
Foal
IMO, your cheapest and most beneficial bet would be hay for starters. Small square bales are between $2.50-5.00 a bale. Since he's already on pasture to begin with, I don't think free choice is necessary. Maybe a few flakes a day. Once you start increasing his work load, you can add some ration balancer to his diet. I'm not sure what's available in your area but I'm sure another user can help you out!
     
    06-28-2012, 06:23 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Yeah I guess maybe I can get some hay, but the bad thing about hay with him, the reason he wont keep weight on during the winter, is he gets all poopy. If you know what I mean.. and hay is around 11$ a bale here in colorado.. atleast where my dad goes to buy hay for winter, so now we just get the big bales for our longhorns..
     
    06-28-2012, 06:27 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Beet pulp! A 50 bag is cheap, and you can soak a few handfuls along with his regular feed he gets now. It's a quick and inexpensive way to pack on the calories.
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    06-28-2012, 07:18 PM
  #9
Green Broke
He looks a little skinny, but not bad. I believe it's healthier for a horse to be a little skinnier than ideal, rather than a little pudgier, just like with people.

I vote for giving him a ration balancer

Purina is usually very easy to find and inexpensive. Their ration balancers are Enrich 32 (for horses on grass pasture/hay) and Enrich 12 (for horses on alfalfa)

Nutrena is a little better brand, also a little more expensive. Their ration balancer is Empower Balance.

I feed my horse Triple Crown 30% Supplement, but it can be hard to find. Even though I have several feed stores in my area, only one carries it, and I have to call ahead and make sure they have it in stock before I go get it (they usually have to have it transferred over from one of their other locations).
     
    06-28-2012, 08:54 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
He looks a little skinny, but not bad. I believe it's healthier for a horse to be a little skinnier than ideal, rather than a little pudgier, just like with people.

I vote for giving him a ration balancer

Purina is usually very easy to find and inexpensive. Their ration balancers are Enrich 32 (for horses on grass pasture/hay) and Enrich 12 (for horses on alfalfa)

Nutrena is a little better brand, also a little more expensive. Their ration balancer is Empower Balance.

I feed my horse Triple Crown 30% Supplement, but it can be hard to find. Even though I have several feed stores in my area, only one carries it, and I have to call ahead and make sure they have it in stock before I go get it (they usually have to have it transferred over from one of their other locations).

Definitely agree with this statement 110%. I find it so much harder to drop weight on a horse than to put it on.
     

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