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post #1 of 7 Old 03-26-2010, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Muscle building and weight gain

I've acquired a quarter/mustang stud and am trying to put on weight as well as muscles, what's the best combination of products that does its job??? There are a lot of products that claim they work, but i need confirmation. Please help, thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-29-2010, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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What are you using?
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-29-2010, 04:11 PM
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I feed alfalfa cubes to put weight on horses. For muscle they need exercise, walking and trotting up hills is a good start.

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i've had great results with fat cat (Equi-Supps - Home for more info) and it's done wonders for both older horses as well as younger horses. hill work and trotting work will compliment the amino acids in the fat cat to build true muscle and not just add filler or fat weight - neither of which is your goal. trot work is far more important than canter work, and hill work is good for horses that will use their hind end but doing it too soon can just overmuscle the fore.

make sure your horse is on a good quality feed - usually 10 - 11% protein for an adult (and if he's a stud he may need more though since he's not a purebred i'd assume - hope - you are gelding him?). and the that with a good hay will do the trick. too much alfalfa can make a horse hot so be careful there.

trot trot trot and more trot! and keep trotting! good luck!

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-01-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Great! great! keep the ideas coming. the hill work will definitely be added to his daily exercise. All of my other horses are great easy keepers but this mustang/quarter is a task for me and it did not help that the previous owner did not take care of him.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-01-2010, 10:12 PM
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Backing up alot will help build up his hind end muscles.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-02-2010, 12:10 AM
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basically, protein. obviously you want to look at cool feeds though and seeing as we are in different countries i can help you with exact feeds. the higher the protein level in a feed the more a horse will gain muscle combined with muscle building exercises like have been mentioned. trot work (on the bit and engaged for proper muscle), trotting up and down hills, beach work etc never underestimate the power of putting a halter on your horse and taking him for a walk either. this is a great way to build your horse and you up :)

a regular exercise routine combined with good feed is your best bet ;)

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