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        12-21-2008, 10:06 PM
      #11
    Foal
    If you have the Grow N Win, you could up that a bit. Then get some Buckeye Ultimate Finish and feed 1-2 cups a day of that for good fats. That helps with weight and makes them SHINE but doesn't make them hyper.

    Does this horse hold her own out with the other horses? Does she get her fair share of the hay? There are 6 equine (4 horses, a pony and a donkey) where I board and my friend puts the hay out into at least 10 piles and usually 20-30 piles so that the horses can all eat in peace and not fight over just a few piles.

    Beet pulp is good--crumbles are great if you can get them. I would not increase the grain though.
         
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        12-22-2008, 10:19 AM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Ottakee    
    Does this horse hold her own out with the other horses? Does she get her fair share of the hay? There are 6 equine (4 horses, a pony and a donkey) where I board and my friend puts the hay out into at least 10 piles and usually 20-30 piles so that the horses can all eat in peace and not fight over just a few piles.
    That's almost exactly our feeding process as well. We have 5 horses - 4 adults, 1 yearling - and then one donkey. The hay is separated into piles throughout the pasture. The grain is fed individually. There is no fighting over food. This mare is in the upper part of the herd.
         
        12-22-2008, 11:28 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GottaRide    
    The horse is not thin. You look at her & you can't see her ribs. You feel along her ribcage and can't feel them unless you push. The owner even says the horse looks like she is in good weight.
    So, what was the vet's concern about more calories? I don't get it... maybe there is something else that was missed in communication?
         
        12-23-2008, 12:01 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I don't get it either. But the owner wants the horse's grain doubled and topped with corn oil. No questions asked, no research done, just do what the vet says.

    I'll do as requested and then watch as this horse gets buggery for the 11 year old daughter. It will be a lesson for this family to learn.
         
        12-23-2008, 12:44 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    If the horse is in good weight (with bad teeth) then she'll probably even pick up some more weight now that her teeth are better. Maybe you should explain to your boarder, that as with any advice in life, there should be some questioning and that the vet may be a little off base. You could also tell your boarder that as a barn owner you are uncomfortable doing what you may view as over-feeding.
         
        12-23-2008, 05:51 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by onetoomany    
    If the horse is in good weight (with bad teeth) then she'll probably even pick up some more weight now that her teeth are better. Maybe you should explain to your boarder, that as with any advice in life, there should be some questioning and that the vet may be a little off base. You could also tell your boarder that as a barn owner you are uncomfortable doing what you may view as over-feeding.
    I do plan on having that conversation the next time I see her. Unfortunately, she is a fair weather horse person. Temps get below 20 degrees and she disappears!
         

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