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post #1 of 5 Old 01-18-2010, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Mare hare to put weight on and keep it

so i have a 7yr old (oh wow wait, its already 2010, so now shes officially 8 lol, i HATE that!) mare who has always been thin. my uncle got her when she was 3, and i bought her last year. she was always "hippy", only once did we get her to "normal" weight (she wasnt so hippy and she looked much healthier) and she dropped that weight quickly. i figured lately it was due to soreness (she has bad front ankles and can get sore in her hocks and stifles). or due to the fact that she would go into heat often and have really bad heats (you couldnt even touch her without her squatting and peeing) but now its winter and she hasnt had any heat cycles.

she is a racehorse, and we are getting back into the racing season. i just trained her saturday in 2:30 to the cart (a normal starting speed) and she was very on the iron, wanted to go go go, and was sound doing it. she was interested and trained great. i had to strangle her to hold her back from going over the speed i wanted her to go, and let my mothers horse that my cousin was training with her get up to finish the mile together.

anyway i just got her back a few weeks ago from being turned out. she looked HORRIBLE when i got her back. they said they were giving her free choice hay, and feed... but shes atleast 100lbs thinner. i was hoping to see her nice and plump ready to race. but that wasnt the case... not to mention the heel scratches, and fungus all up her legs and over her back... need less to say i wont be boarding here there ever again.

anyway this is what shes fed:
(i think theyre feeding Charger right now, but i have to check again)
1 grain morning (we use the red pastic cans from the coffee, the 34.5 oz cans and use that as a scoop- heaping)
hay after working
1 can feed lunch + hay
1 can feed dinner + hay

i went to the feed store and got her some beet pulp to help. im not sure how much shes supposed to get though??? it doesnt really say on the bag, i was thinking one of the red cans a day? too much? not enough? ive never fed it before so i dont know!!!

i was wondering if there is anything else though that would help that i could add? the added weight will help with her energy to race too, so thats a plus. and she just had her ankles, right hock and right stifle injected.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-19-2010, 02:36 PM
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We have had really good results adding flaxseed and high density fat(which is a bi product of lecithin from soy beans, purchased from a feed mill) If you can't find it we started out just feeding flaxseed and still had good results about 1/4 cup if ground or 1/2 cup if whole morning and night and it made a tremendous difference also improved the hoof health and helped with there coat. I swear by it. Can be bought from a feed mill or have your feed dealer get it in for you, it is inexpensive if bought whole, I grind mine in a burr mill coffee grinder. Hope this helps
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I had a thoroughbred that was a hard keeper when I got her. I only fed her grain once a day, but she was just my jumping horse at that point, so didn't need a whole lot of extra energy, or calories to burn. But she got fed Weight Builder, and it definately made a difference for her. She also got fed a coffee can full of equine prime, half a coffee can of equine senior, a coffee can of rice bran, 4 flex for her joints, as well as the liquid joint supplement, and a coffee can full of wet cob (corn oats and barley with molasses). All mixed into a mash that she absolutely loved lol. I know that race horses need different feeds to maintain their weight an energy levels while in intense competition, but I wanted to give you a better idea of what worked for me, by telling you everything I fed her, because I didn't just feed the weight gain, so everything else also had an effect on her weight to a degree. Right now I have a growing Arabian mare that is a bit thin, as she burns off all her calories just standing in her stall lol, and I'm trying to figure out what i should feed her to help her keep her weight up, so that she has something to burn to help her grow as well, but I definately don't need her to have any more energy, so I know your frustration.
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Oh, and when I got her, I was feeding her beet pulp, I think 2 coffee cans full for her, of the pellets, not the loose, but she wasn't a fan of the taste so I have no idea how well it would actually work. The bag it comes in should tell you about how much to feed on average, and I personally would get the loose if you decide you want beet pulp. I have also been reading up on nutrition, and one of the books stated that you don't actually need to soak the beet pulp, as it doesn't sit in the stomach long enough to expand and cause problems, and I know several people who do not soak their beet pulp, and their horses have never had a problem. Just an FYI, because I always had to soak my TB's beet pulp over night, cause thats what i was told to do, and it was a pain in the butt.
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thanks guys that really helped. i did get the loose beet pulp and i did soak it only because on the bag it said you can or not that it was a personal choice but it did say that if they ate it too fast when it wasnt soaked they could choke on it. so i just figured id take the precaution... it also said it only had to be soaked 2 hours... so i thought why not...

ill look into the flaxseed since shes always been known for having bad feet anyway. if you buy it whole does it have to be ground? or can you feed it whole?
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