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    11-06-2008, 12:05 PM
I just bought another horse and he is under weight...

I just bought a horse from some people in the barn that were having money problems. He is very under-weight right now and much bigger than any of my previous horses. They say he is a saddle horse...he is gaited but very heavy boned. I think he is crossed with some sort of draft horse. Anyways, I know they were giving him a 10% sweet feed but I don'y know how much. Can anyone tell me how much feed to start at? He is 16.2hh and I can't even guess his wieght right now. He is not starving but he is quite thin.
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    11-07-2008, 01:08 PM
I guess I put this in the wrong place BC no one is responding...
    11-07-2008, 01:22 PM
I'm a horse mom newb myself, so hopefully some people with a better grasp on horse nutrition will chime in here. As far as finding out what weight your horse is at now, get yourself a horse weight tape at your local tack store, and even a plain old tape measurer will do.

Horse Weight: Estimate It Easily

This site is a really great resource for understanding horse nutrition:
Horse Feeding in THREE Easy Steps!

Beep pulp and chaff have been suggested to me as ways to help a horse gain weight as well.
    11-07-2008, 01:41 PM
Is is possible to go ask the previous owners exactly what they were feeding him? Changin feed too fast may result in colic among other issues. If it is NOT possible to find out exactly what they were giving him, go to a local feed store and tell them the information you have on what they said he was getting. They should be able to help.

If all else fails you atleast know he was on sweet feed. Give him a margine cup size helping of it and 24/7 hay access. Gradually increase slowly.

Keep us posted!! :)
    11-07-2008, 02:00 PM
I am anti-sweet feed. So personally I would oust that pronto. I would give him all the grass hay he can eat...plenty of fresh water and free choice loose minerals first of all. You can never go wrong with that combo.
    11-08-2008, 09:54 AM
First off I agree with Missy on the website she posted it is a great site

Secondly the diet that hotreddun laid out is great the only thing ist is lackin is a good source of vitamins/minerals ... in your case(well in most cases) I would recommend a ration balancer think vitamin/mineral supplement on steriods and CHEAPER then most true supplements...
    11-08-2008, 10:44 PM
I agree with RedHotDun...most horses get all they need from really good ration of hay and minerals. What most horses have in the wild....unless you are doing something special with this horse, this is plenty. Especially one that needs to gain weight. (it has to be good qulaity hay though..not junk! We feed Tifton 85, which is high in fiber and protein!) Depending on your horses health, he made need more, hence the ration balancer Peggysue suggested...but i"m not convinced this is the catch all for all horses....
    11-09-2008, 07:38 AM
All a ration balancer is is a vitamin/mineral supplement with added amino acids which are needed for muscle developement and maintence, pre/pro bio are also in most to aid in digestion... some horses do need more but I feel that if you build the BASE diet around your forage and good nutrition you are much better off in the long run...
    11-09-2008, 10:48 PM
Peggy Sue, I'm not disagreeing with you. Just putting all the options out there. Not all people can afford the supplements/ ration balancers of the world. We all want what is best for our horses without breaking the bank.
    11-13-2008, 09:06 PM
Im a huge huge fan of using complete supplements and basing a good diet around that and plenty of roughage eg; hay, grass etc. 3 of my horses were all in terrible condition when I got them but they have come up well and quite quickly with a good complete supplement, plenty of hay/grass and a simple hard feed which now consists of beet pulp, cracked lupins, lucerne chaffe, millrun and senior pellets. The senior pellets are more effective than the normal pellets for weight gain.

Im not disagreeing with anyone when I say this but IME the complete supplements are not only cheaper in the long run but I also know that they are getting exactly what they need. They tend to sweat out what they don't need I've noticed which is usually not much. I use a supplement that costs $80 for a 22kg bag which lasts 4 horses 3 months. That's not really that expensive at all especially if you only have the one horse.

You can attribute everything from dull coats, poor feet and a number of other things to lacking minerals and vitamins which is more than common especially in cases where the horse obviously hasnt been getting enough of anything.

Different people do have different ways though and at the end of the day the person needs to find what works for them.

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