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    12-02-2012, 09:53 AM
I don't know where your equine friend got the info about Senior having too much sugar. It is a safe feed. Email the feed company, don't just take someone's word for it. They spend millions on research so why would they put out a product that's a detriment to the horse. They'd lose customers like mad. A toothless old horse can do well on soaked SF as it provides all the nutrition it needs.
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    12-02-2012, 04:34 PM
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Beside the feed have the vet draw blood. My friend got a skinny TWH we put weight on her, but she was still looking scrawny after one whole year of proper feeding. We couldn't figure out why, even with a steady work schedule. The vet came to draw blood and we found out she was deficient in vitamin E, which is essential for muscle development. She looks 210% better now and it only been a month.
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    12-02-2012, 04:47 PM
Ha ha! I think Walkin meant a pic that shows the horse's condition, not one that shows it's nearly xmas!
    12-02-2012, 04:57 PM
I went through this same thing with my Arab last summer. He was skinny from not getting good nutrients from the grass or hay because of the drought we had in Michigan. I was riding him every day lightly, and jumping once a week. He hadn't been worked in some time because his previous owner didn't have time for him; after a few months of doing my routine with him, he still wasn't gaining muscle from jumping or getting ridden. So I started giving him 3 flakes of hay per meal, and put him on Purina Ultium (he was on Strategy before). Within a few months, I noticed a vast improvement. He's filling out really well and isn't getting sweaty and fatigued anymore =] And the Ultium doesn't make him hot and strung out either.
    12-02-2012, 05:00 PM
Saddlebag, senior feeds *frequently* have added sugar & are commonly grain based, but depends what feed you're talking about. Unless the horse is too old to have working teeth, I prefer to feed (grain free) fibrous feeds rather than pellets that are 'prechewed'.

While oats are considered about the safest grain for horses - easier to digest, lower starch, more fibre - IMO it's best to stick to 'low carb' diets & horses are generally healthier a little on the light side than too heavy. Along with teeth, other problems that could cause a horse to be in poor condition can include stress/management, worms(sometimes regular pastes aren't effective), ulcers, too much starchy/rich feed, too little roughage, nutritional deficiency, IR probs...

OP you talk of lack of topline & doing little work with her, so it's also possible that your horse isn't at all light on, but lacks muscle. Exercising her 'in hand' - not riding - will help that too.

You need to show us the horse for a start - I agree from the little that can be seen in that pic he's certainly not fading away - you need to tell us WHAT you feed, not just % of protein or whatever, & how much you feed(weights, not 'a scoop'). How much & what type hay/pasture she gets too. What supplements, if any, she gets for nutrition, etc.
    06-25-2013, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Faith2005    
Ok, equine peeps/FRIENDS: Faith is still pretty thin. Granted, I JUST started riding her a bit more, so I'm hoping that will help build muscle..... but she needs MORE. She's about 11 years old and LIGHTLY/OCCASIONALLY ridden. I DO run her (when I can) sometimes, but she's def not a rodeo horse. Just needs bulking up.

She was wormed a few days ago. Even after we've wormed her before..nothing.

I know there are HUNDREDS of feed, vitamins, supplements, etc. out there but I don't want to give her the "incorrect" dosage.

She's about 11yo, 15h and only about 800 pounds from my guesstimate.
Equine Power 200 is a great way to add weight to your horse! It uses cool energy so the horse does not become hot and unmanageable. It is full of flax, canola, pulses, and alfalfa!

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