Mini with a potbelly

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    03-26-2013, 06:14 PM
Mini with a potbelly

The mini I got has a potbelly. His spine sticks out and is ribby (underweight)
I have him on coastal hay ( free choice) and 12% pellet.
With a mineral block.

I cannot work this guy at all ( same mini with the leg issue, I know some of you know about)

I haven't even had him a month but I was wondering if there's anything else I could do to help get rid of the pot belly and have him gain everywhere else, or if what I'm doing now is fine. ( I know it needs more time to tell )

I haven't ever had one with a pot belly this bad. He has been wormed.

Since I've had him he's obviously feeling wayyy better, he went from mostly laying down and looking depressed to neighing at me and trying to buck when he sees me ( just happy and excited )
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    03-26-2013, 06:18 PM
Awe he sounds cute ... Has he been dewormed?
    03-26-2013, 06:19 PM
Yep he has.
    03-26-2013, 06:50 PM
Green Broke
There are some special feeds purina has that will help them fill out in the correct places. I would ask a specialist and you may also need to de worm again.
    03-26-2013, 06:53 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
12% pellets as in Sweet Feed? If so, you need to get him off of that stuff yesterday. Try a feed like Nutrena Safechoice or Purina Miniature Horse and Pony, as well as maybe 1/2-1 pound of alfalfa pellets (soaked) daily. Get a fecal done too, in order to make sure he's worm free. Sometimes they can be really tricky to get out of a mini's system for some reason!
    03-26-2013, 07:00 PM
^^^ yes I second that
    03-26-2013, 07:02 PM
I didn't say sweet feed. No.
    03-26-2013, 07:07 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
What kind of 12% feed then? Generally that is associated with a sweet feed or molasses-injected feed of sorts.
    03-26-2013, 07:19 PM
Frontier feeds 12-8 pellet.
    03-26-2013, 07:35 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
Still fairly high in starch and sugars. Do you have access to Nutrena products?

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