My 11 year old QH x Thoroughbred needs weigh and muscle gain... any good supplements? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 09-04-2011, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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My 11 year old QH x Thoroughbred needs weigh and muscle gain... any good supplements?

I have a 11 year old QH around 15.3 hands but she is basically half Thoroughbred (every QH was half QH and Thoroughbred then was bred with a pure Thoroughbred then bred with a half QH and Thoroughbred). Just a little background. So I know Thoroughbreds have a harder time keeping muscle on them and fat. Her hip bones and ribs show a little bit but not bad. When I first got her she weighed 1167 lbs (give or take) then about a month or so later she weighed 1096 lbs. I grain her every night with corn oil, Dynasty Pro (higher fat grain), hoof care supplements, and mineral/vitamin supplement. I also ride her a lot to try to build better muscles on her because I want to show her in western pleasure classes and halter but she needs a lot more weight and muscle. Its so difficult to keep it on her. She burns more then she eats almost. I am getting alfalfa grass for her this winter because pure grass hay will not keep her weight for the winter. Does anyone know of any weight gain supplements that work great and also muscle powers or supplements that help develop muscles better? I was looking at Farnam Weight Builder and AniMed Muscle-UP Power but I am not sure yet. Any thoughts on those products or more?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-04-2011, 02:20 PM
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It looks to me like she just needs some exercise! I have a thoroughbred and he looks similar to that, he has a hard time keeping a top line. There are weight builders you can use but they don't always work in the places you want them to! Canter work helps them with their topline as well as trot poles. You can also do a lot of hill work. As far as a weight supplement though, I had my horse on something called Fatcat (on that worked great, he was off of it in a few months though because then he just started getting a big belly, but if you use it with regular exercise then that shouldn't happen. (I was pregnant and wasn't riding!) It's very typical of thoroughbreds to be a little bit ribby - but there is a point at which they are definitely TOO ribby, if that made sense. My horse is a little overweight in the belly due to lack of work, but his ribs will always be a little visible!
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-04-2011, 03:23 PM
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How much hay are you giving her?

Supplements can only do so much, where riding, and working a horse properly will be more beneficial.

Personally, I do not see an underweight horse. An underweight horse wouldn't have the same muscle definition that your horse has.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-04-2011, 04:32 PM
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grass and hay grass and hay, for weight, exercise for muscle, have you had her manure checked for parasites and her teeth checked ?
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