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        04-27-2012, 08:38 PM
      #31
    Foal
    I do separte them at dinner but if I have his hay bag full all day I would have to put it in the paddock so he had access to it and the other horse would eat it when he walked away. He is the boss so if he wanted it back she would move but I don't want her getting too fat
         
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        04-28-2012, 10:09 AM
      #32
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by torty    
    I do separte them at dinner but if I have his hay bag full all day I would have to put it in the paddock so he had access to it and the other horse would eat it when he walked away. He is the boss so if he wanted it back she would move but I don't want her getting too fat
    Got it! Alright, thanks for clearing that up
         
        04-29-2012, 12:34 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    He seems a bit underweight to me. He also has an ewe neck, it seems.
         
        04-29-2012, 12:52 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by torty    
    I do separte them at dinner but if I have his hay bag full all day I would have to put it in the paddock so he had access to it and the other horse would eat it when he walked away. He is the boss so if he wanted it back she would move but I don't want her getting too fat
    It seems you are trying to keep two incompatible animals together - not in that they are incompatible, but their needs are. He NEEDS to have hay in front of his face 24/7 and you are concerned about her gaining too much weight. I would suggest trying free choice hay to see whether she does gain too much or not (it may surprise you) and, if she does, you would need to cross-fence so that you can provide him the free-choice he needs while still restricting her's.
         
        04-29-2012, 01:00 PM
      #35
    Trained
    No to the molasses. Stay away from sugars all the way around. He's not "getting bored" of the hay, he just doesn't want anymore at that particular time. Horses don't get bored of eating. That's what they do, all day long if they can.

    Minerals -- I wouldn't change that either just yet. Eliminate the sweet feed and give him hay in front of his face ALL THE TIME. If the hay is gone, he needs more. If the other horse shouldn't have access, then you need to separate them. Might not be easy, but forage is the number one way to help your underweight horse.

    That said, you could consider that he might have other issues as well, so by simplifying his diet you may find other answers. I personally would give him all the hay he wants, and more. Beet pulp twice a day, maybe some rice bran in there too. Minerals and water he has, so that's good. 24/7 pasture is also good.

    As mentioned before, being a TB is not a reason, it's an excuse. Being an individual with individual needs is a reason and you have to deal with that.

    Good luck.
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        04-29-2012, 01:02 PM
      #36
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Ripplewind    
    He also has an ewe neck, it seems.
    I don't think so. He needs more weight and muscle.
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        04-30-2012, 03:58 AM
      #37
    Foal
    Does he need hay 24/7 even though he's on pasture 24/7 with a good supply of grass?
         
        04-30-2012, 04:28 AM
      #38
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    Originally Posted by torty    
    Does he need hay 24/7 even though he's on pasture 24/7 with a good supply of grass?
    If they need to gain weight? Yes.
         
        04-30-2012, 05:27 AM
      #39
    Foal
    Okay :) thankyou every one. My fat horse is spending some time at a friends house and my friend has her horse here for company. I will be giving him access to hay all day and feeding him twice a day so he hopefully will put on some weight. Thankyou you again for all your replys. I really apreciate it :)
         
        04-30-2012, 06:41 PM
      #40
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by torty    
    Does he need hay 24/7 even though he's on pasture 24/7 with a good supply of grass?
    You wouldn't think so, but maybe the grass isn't providing what he needs. Try the hay and your new setup with the horses. If he doesn't down 1/2 bale a day MINIMUM then start looking for other possible areas of concern.
         

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