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post #1 of 14 Old 01-07-2008, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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I need weight on my Arab.

I have a 7 year old Arabian mare that i am training. She is about 100 pounds under weight. Her owners are going to pick her back up in 6 months. I feed her a scoop of Strategy twice a day. I tried weight builder but she just wont eat it. She in currently is in the middle of stall rest. She got hurt and has over 48 stiches. So im hoping i can get weight back on her before i start working her again. We feed her as much hay as she can eat. Alfalfa hay. She was never in shape. I will start riding her again almost everyday once she heals. So i need ideas for feeds that will put weight on her and keep it there.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-07-2008, 10:29 PM
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i wouldn't start riding her everyday straightaway! take it slowly.

hmm rice pollard puts weight on, but be very carefull with that! as it puts fat around the organs.
i would suggest boiled barley, it puts safe weight on and its non heating. but its a pain cause you have to boil it!!! you can get steam rolled barley but its not as good.

whats type of feed is in stratergy?
if you are going to eventually be riding her everyday, she will need something other then hay, something for energy.

what type of riding are you doing with her?
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-08-2008, 03:13 AM
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I'm not really an expert on feed types. Especially over there. But i do know that some arabs can be built really light and are hard to get to put weight on.
We have a few arabs that no matter what we feed them or how much they will never be fat. They aren't really under weight but they are extremely hard to get to gain weight. :(
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-08-2008, 07:05 AM
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I have same problem: my horses are extremely picky at food. Have you try to add the bran pellets (not a powder) to the grain? And I really advice you to add the corn oil in grain (it also makes the coat look very shiny).
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-08-2008, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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I am going to train her for Hunt and Western. Only 4h level. I have tried corn oil it has done nothing. I also sometimes feed her Ulitum, about half a scoop. Possibly i should start doing that again. She got sick about a month ago and i had to stop riding her she gain about a good 50 pounds but she still needs a way to go.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-26-2009, 09:33 PM
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first off how much does she weight now/ what is her height. i would consult with the vet, she might not even need the weight. horses are getting fatter now a days, people think its cute, but i would rather have a lean horse anyday. Im not saying you want to fatten her up, but it changes peoples image of what is the ideal weight. arabs are usually skinney.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-26-2009, 11:13 PM
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Strategy does not include probiotics, so first thing I'd do is get probiotics in her. I'm a big fan of probiotics and have seen them seriously help.

Mix in steamed crimped (rolled) oats in her feed which is a great help in adding weight.

Keep up with the alfalfa, but give her free choice grass hay

This has always worked for me - hope I've helped... good luck

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 07:04 AM
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I have an Arab too, and she was seriously underweight when I bought her. Now she's fine but it took me about 4-5 months to see the results.
I would recommend free choice good quality hay, feeding her 3 times a day with whatever food she likes (I don't know anything about the US brands of food) as she will absorb the nutrients better when fed often and smaller quantities, add corn oil (it takes minimum 2 weeks before the horse begins to absorb the energy from oil) and remember max. 3 dl (don't know the American measures but it's about a small glass of water), if you give her more, you should add extra e-vitamin to her diet, plus a good vitamin-mineral product.
And make sure her teeth are okay.
Don't expect to see results immediately, it could take 3-4 months before it will show.
Good luck

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 07:08 AM
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Maybe I should add that if you still don't see any results after 3 months, then there might be some major problem with her like an ulcer or something else. The vet could do some blood analysis to see if she lacks something.
I imagine that she has been dewormed regularly, remember that not all worm-products kill all sorts of worms, so worms could be an issue as well.

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by .Delete. View Post
I feed her a scoop of Strategy twice a day. I tried weight builder but she just wont eat it. We feed her as much hay as she can eat. Alfalfa hay..
1. What is the quality of the alfalfa hay - depending on its quality, it may be hard to improve on it. For example, if you have a 190 rfv alfalfa and you are feeding all she wants and she is healthy, she isn't going to get any fatter (it is just genetic) - if you are feeding her a 100 rfv alfalfa, getting some better hay will dramatically improve the situation.

2. KISS! If the hay is good and the mare is healthy, and still needs to put on weight - feed her 1.5 scoops of Strategy twice a day! Purina did not invest millions into developing a junk feed. I am sure there are many who don't like strategy, but Purina is a national company with an unreal reputation - it is a decent feed.
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