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post #21 of 62 Old 04-30-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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He is on just grass hay right now. As soon as this bale is over it will be alfalfa. I can sneak some alfalfa in his hay while he is alone haha... I can't buy anything extra for him.
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post #22 of 62 Old 04-30-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Half a flake of the large size flakes
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H could stand to gain a few pounds, but the thing about muscle building is if you don't put enough food in, then they'll just burn it on bodily functions instead of body functions and muscle building.

As another poster mentioned protein is important, but so are other nutrients that the hay may not be giving him. Have you considered supplementing him with a bit of grain or hard feed?

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Could I feed him sweetfeed? I have alot of that for my cows haha?
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our 'large' flakes are only about 8 pounds...far less than he should be getting. My miniature horse eats that much. What do your flakes weigh? If he isn't getting good quality or much grass, he needs 15-20 lbs of hay daily...likely more if you're working him consistently. If he isn't being fed enough, he's going to actually be burning muscle rather than gaining muscle, because he has to get his energy from somewhere other than a food source.

I'd get him on a good suppliment too. His coat is rather shabby looking for this time of year, even if it is still cold where you are- and he's probably missing vitamins.

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No, sweet feed is terrible for horses. It makes them hotter and will not promote muscle health or growth. It would be like giving him extra candy bars every day. Try something like Enrich 32 or Omleen 200 if you can't afford it, and maybe some alfalfa pellets.

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thats not enough hay.. for two horses i put out 1 bail even with grass- mineral block- and grain if i ride them.. if i was riding them till they were sweatin theyd be grained twice a day.. when i would ride for 8-10 hours a day wed feed mornings then at night 30 minutes to an hour after riding also.

He lost the weight over the winter time because horses stand shivering and burning calories when its cold out- thats why we feed them extra durring the winter months and we get them fat before winter hits. :)

Id up the hay to at least 4 flakes in the mornings and 4 at night.. if youre gonna ride give him some grain to go with it and if hes still on the skinny side id give a weight builder.. :)


We usually give oats but lately have been giving sweet. Didnt make my horses hotter at all but the alfalfa will for sure. ;)
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I wish I could get him on suppiments.. if I ask my dad to do so.. he will just say... if your horse needs extra were not gonna keep him... my other horse poncho is nice and fat... maybe ill just start feeding sunny a little extra
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Sweet feed formulated for cattle sometimes has ingredients toxic to horses.

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Extra hay isn't going to do anything if it is a deficiency.

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post #30 of 62 Old 04-30-2013, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well, he didn't need anything extra over summer. I feel like I should probably just up his feed as he was fine over summer, and then when he was being worked I didn't add more feed
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