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post #1 of 9 Old 10-20-2010, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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I need to put weight on my horse!!

So my horse was eating 9 flakes a day of good quality hay, on a regular worming schedule, has been tested for ulcers, and i have got he teeth looked at by a specialist. My horse is a 1/4 hanoverian 1/4 holstiener and 1/2 tb and 17hh and 6 years old. I have put her on rice bran, beet pulp, and coco soya. Does any one know anything else that can work?
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-20-2010, 01:22 AM
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That seems like a good amount of hay to me. Can you get him out on grass? Have you taken a manure sample to your vet?
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she is out on grass about 4 hour a day and yes i took a manure sample to my vet and he said it was normal! Also one of my friends is a vet and she always says her manure is normal soooo.... haha i have told so many vets this stuff and nutritionists and she is an apparent mystery to all... Oh and she is in a medium-hard amount of work with collected/medium trot, walk piouetes, collected/meduim/extended canter, 10 meter canter circles, traverse, half pass, collection, leg yeild, shoulder fore about times a week for 1 hour.... blah blah blah blah.... I dont get it hahaha

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I can't offer any advise, as I don't know - but I can share my experience as I just moved my horse 3 weeks ago as he was losing weight at this time of year when he should be at his fattest as he was only out on grass for 2 hours a day 5-6 days a week. He is now on full pasture board and gained 100lbs in 2 weeks and looks like he has gained more in the past week. He is not fat, but starting to look healthy. Your horse looks better than mine did.

Is it possible that your horse is not getting the hay you put out if it is with other horses?
What are you feeding other than hay?
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-20-2010, 08:15 AM
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while the calories seem good what about hte nutrition aspect of the diet??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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When my horse was 5/6 I had a hell of a time keeping weight on him too. When he turned 7 it started to top off - now I have to make sure he is not getting too many calories so watch that too!
Anyways, what worked for us is he has 4 feedings of hay/day at the barn. Each of these we fed about "2 flakes" or 3-5kg of a good quality 30% alfalfa hay. He was on a round bale as well during turnout (grass hay), or he was on grass. Twice a day when they are grained he got 1.5 lbs of a soybean hull based mineral ration and "2 scoops" (about 2lbs dry) of beet pulp.
The mineral ration is very important. He got everything he needed, balanced, plus it is high fat (soybean hull base) and it contains Diamond V yeast culture which aids in digestion and balancing the hind gut. The beet pulp was another filler/weight builder.

Now he is on the same amount of Alfalfa hay, dry turnout, and 1lb ration with about 1/2 cup of rolled oats and a biotin supplement. If he starts dropping weight over winter, I'll add him back onto beet pulp. But right now he is a bit plump lol. So it should end! As soon as they stop growing - then they can easily get fat (usually) so monitor your horse and do a "body score" once in a while.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-20-2010, 09:59 AM
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I've had better luck with flax meal than rice bran. I'd add to his diet a good digestive aid, pro or prebiotic type supplement.

Are you giving her any grain or other feed? If not, I would use an all-around vit/min supplement like GrandVite or High Point. High Point already has probiotics and yeast in it for digestion, so that would be a good all-in-one supplement. The NutraFlax product from Horsetech.com is also very good. I have liked everything I have gotten from them.

If you feed flax meal, you shouldn't need to also feed cocosoya. You can feed up to 8 oz of flax per day, which is about 2 cups. That's plenty of fat and calories.

If you're feeding grass hay, you might try some alfalfa pellets instead of, or along with, the beet pulp. I have had great luck putting weight on horses using a combination of alfalfa pellets and flax meal.
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Beatpulp is the only thing that has kept my girl nice this time last year she was dropping weight so fast now she looks super good!
I add a big cup of oil to her as well

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Love calf manna! My daughter bought a thinner horse who used to be a beefcake. Even being shown and worked everyday this summer she put some weight on him. Now show season is over he is really looking good!
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