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post #1 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Need help giving horses weight up

So ive been having issues getting my tb weight up its been the worst this year. So right now hes on grass every day and i need something else to help get more weight on any grains...ect that would help but wont give him a belly ache?

** I have dewormed him, teeth done..

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 01:34 AM
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I am not knowledgable about feed, so I will leave that for those who are - but they are going to want to know what he is getting now, and how much?

How much turnout? Is there quality grass in the pasture, or is it bare/patchy?

How much hay? What's the quality of the hay?

How much do you work him?
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 02:10 AM
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I'm struggling to get and keep weight on my Morgan, my vet suggested adding a couple flakes of alfalfa and beet pulp to his daily feed. It's slow-going but he is gaining weight and looking good.
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 05:29 AM
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Okay from my personal experience with having to put weight on rescue horses, corn oil is your best friend! Soak it in senior and cob, molasses in senior will make the mash sweet and appealing! Now as for hay alfalfa might be pricey, but it will give you the best results! Grass doesnt have nearly the fatty decadence alfalfa has, especially if it is grass hay and not grass! Hope this helps, and good luck!
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 08:39 AM
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You dont say if the horse is already getting grain? Is he outside all the time? Is the pasture low? Do you feed hay daily? What type of hay if so? How old is he? I think your vet would be a great person to suggest a balanced ration for your horse. Almost anything can be overfed causing a belly ache so you should seek professional advice regarding his feed especially if you are concerned about colic etc.
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post #6 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 09:07 AM
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try putting veggy oil in his food. also feed him some sunflower seeds like not the ones human eat there. its very fattning and good for there coat! :) Also if your horse can eat nice rich grass trought out parts of the day that would help also !!!!

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Right now hes just on grass nothing else, he was getting beet pulp, structure, and little mollasses when we were at the barn but they had ****ty hay so he would take forever to eat it or wouldnt eat it at all. We moved so hes on grass for 2 weeks and hoping it will help get his weight up. Hes NOT a rescue and he didnt race. This is the first time ive had a hard time getting weight up. i have a feeling he has ulcers
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 12:09 PM
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Corn oil & beet pulp are my favs! They help so much, also what kind of grain is he on? Young, teen, senior?

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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hes not on any grains, cause hes already hot enough and hes 11
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-04-2011, 02:49 PM
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There are lots of grains out there that wont cause a horse to be hot. It is just about finding the right mix. The pasture is great for his forage but his nutritional needs aren't being all the way met without a supplement.
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