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        05-27-2009, 06:07 PM
    Meet Brodie...

    So I got him 2 weeks ago and we have been feeding him more hay then he can eat (he will leave it on the ground) and I am an avid Strategy lover so I have been giving him that too- I know lots of people say beat pulp or rice bran but am wondering if I am being impatient and need to give him more time- I guess I am wanting to know if I need to give him more time, I am well versed in diets but yeah .. let me know.
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        05-27-2009, 06:10 PM
    Green Broke
    You do not want to rush getting the weight on them. That's bad news. Be patient. It took time to get all the weight off (for whatever reason that was) it takes time to get it back on.
        05-27-2009, 06:18 PM
    I agree. It will take a while for the weight to come back. A horse that came to the barn in fall after being neglected and he still hasn't put all his weight back. Hopefully things will go better for you and him! He's a real cutie though!
        05-27-2009, 06:29 PM
    Yeah that is what I was thinking too- I just thought id see some changes in 2 weeks but nope. I have the vet coming out Thur. To check his teach ect.

        05-27-2009, 06:34 PM
    Green Broke
    You'll be lucky if you see major changes in a month. Some horses take a lot of time. We get horses that Animal Control seize where I board to get them back to health so they can be adopted out and sometimes it takes a really long time.

    Sure is a fine looking horse you got. Just give him some time. Ask your vet how much feed you should be giving him. Vet may even tell you to bring it down so you aren't giving him too much.
        05-27-2009, 06:59 PM
    I agree it'll take some time but he is a cutie. I had a 16H AQHA mare come to me that 900lbs. I put her on as much hay as she could eat, Nutrena Vitality plus BOSS. Within 2 months she was back up to 1100lbs and after another month of exercise and diet she was looking amazing.
        05-27-2009, 07:42 PM
    Thanks for the compliments- he is a VERY handsome boy :) I just don't want people thinking that I don't feed him... I am riding him lightly right now just to get him out and about and he gets 2-3 big flakes oh mixed grass hay in the am and pm and then I am giving him 2.5 quarts of strategy and about 1.5 quarts of Alfalfa pellets ... I don't think it's too much at all- I just want him to eat haha. He never finishes all his hay but I feed him that much anyways so that he can have a mid day snack if he wants ... ill post some more pics in a few weeks :)
        05-27-2009, 07:55 PM
    Green Broke
    Try not to worry about that part. If someone does call in on you (to AC) it will be easy enough to explain that you have just got the horse and are working on getting weight on him and he is under vet supervision.

    Do you know why he is in that shape? Was it neglect from the previous owner?

    It does sounds like a lot of feed actually, but your vet will be the best judge. When we get the abused/neglected horses in, the increase is very gradually because you can really upset their digestive system by throwing the feed.

    I'm looking forward to see how that handsome boy turns out! He's stunning now!
        05-27-2009, 08:43 PM
    No the guy didn't neglect him- he just didn't ride him much b/c he got two young ones he was starting for a friend. I think because he didn't ride him much he didn't feed him "enough".

    Ill see what the vet says tomorrow.
        05-27-2009, 08:45 PM
    Green Broke
    He's probably lucky no one called AC on him. Good thing you got him before it got worse.

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