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post #1 of 16 Old 03-22-2010, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with Spud's growth/weight (pics)

Alrighty, well I'm dealing with issues right now not related to Spud so I havent been around much...

I'm having trouble with Spud's growth and weight. He currently gets 10lbs or Omolene 300 a day and free choice hay... but I think he looks pretty bad. He has a big hay belly but is very boney else where! I'm not sure what to do... or if he is fine? Is this how 9 months old should be?
To me 10lbs of sweet feed grain is a lot!

He is getting dewormed every month a schedule the vet gave me. I was told to deworm him every month until he is a year old (July 10th) but I will continue to deworm him monthly until the irst real frost I think, just to be safe!


I HAVE to get my feed from Tractor Supply so whatever they carry I can feed. The woman at the store told me personally she would feed Equine Junior (less malassis) and Hay Stretcher or Alfalfa pellets.

What do you think?

Just a cute face shot to start you out


Now, the weight pics







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post #2 of 16 Old 03-22-2010, 08:27 AM
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Don't worry, he looks fine youngsters usually have big baby bellys and the rest skinny..He'll start filling out when he gets older
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Honestly he looks pretty okay to me. He's super cute though :]

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Some coming-yearlings/yearlings just looks funny sometimes.

I would pull him off the sweet feed though onto a pelleted feed though - if you can. I don't think the sweet feeds are all that good for them (just my opinion).

My 10 month old filly is on a pelleted blue seal, she definitely has her awkward moments, but her belly has never been big and she has good muscle tone.

He is a cutie!

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10 POUNDS of Omolene? Seriously?! Wow...

I had my little one on Omolene 300 until she was a year, and de-wormed her every month too. But she only got a coffee can a day, personally, I can't imagine pumping any horse with that much junk food. Imagine you are feeding a child 10 lbs of ice cream a day. O_O On top of her Omolene, she got four flakes of Alfalfa a day over the winter, and about half a coffee can of beet pulp. She put on weight really well and filled out really nicely.

I would look at what you are de-worming with, and making sure that you aren't using the same thing everytime, so the worms aren't getting used to de-wormer. I know that being small means you can use the same tube a second time or even a third depending on his weight, but even opening a new tube the next month, and then going back to the first tube the next is better than using the first tube two or three months in a row.

For reference, Gracie at 7 months, when I first got her. [Take whatever you can or want to from the pictures. I would definitely suggest beet pulp, it's really helped her to fill out and even look like she has muscle even though I really haven't done any real work with her, lol.]



And at 9 or 10 months.



13 or 14 months.



And a month or two ago, at about 17 or 18 months.


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10 POUNDS of Omolene? Seriously?! Wow...

I had my little one on Omolene 300 until she was a year, and de-wormed her every month too. But she only got a coffee can a day, personally, I can't imagine pumping any horse with that much junk food.

I would look at what you are de-worming with, and making sure that you aren't using the same thing everytime, so the worms aren't getting used to de-wormer.
Yeah I thought that was a lot too, but the barn owner wants more muscle on him... personally I think he is just going through a crappy looking phase AND I think he is going to be a lanky guy for a lot time... The TSC lady also told me I could try beet pulp (instead of the hay stretcher/alfalfa pellets) Either one of those three I sould make sure I soaked well.

I am thinking of switching him to the Junior and either the beet pulp or the stretcher/or alfalfa pellets... I'm not sure which to do yet.
I just don't like the Omolene feed... its all sugar and filler

He gets dewormed on a rotation schedule per my vet. Every month he is getting somthing different. So its not worms, or it shouldn't be. I dewormed the crap out of him (per vet) 4 months ago.

I am moving him again (it sucks but I am working full time at another barn starting in April and I have not only worked here before and love the place but I am getting free board on top of it!) so I think I will switch feeds then... slowly of course! But I will be feeding him myself so I wil know for sure what he is getting.

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About the haystretcher - I used it on my hardkeeper TB mare this past summer and had great results with it. But she needed a little more, so now she's on alfalfa cubes.

For your guy, I would start with haystretcher :)

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About the haystretcher - I used it on my hardkeeper TB mare this past summer and had great results with it. But she needed a little more, so now she's on alfalfa cubes.

For your guy, I would start with haystretcher :)
Thanks, becuase he already gets hay, so I thought putting on the hey stretcher would be an easier move for him!
I was told to still soak it becuase he is a baby.
I was also told to try the equine junior becuase he is less interested in pelleted feed and will often leave his food and just eat the hay .

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Have you asked your vet about his growth/weight?

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The TSC lady also told me I could try beet pulp (instead of the hay stretcher/alfalfa pellets) Either one of those three I sould make sure I soaked well.
I give my 22 month old and my yearling alfalfa pellets (dry) (1/2 a coffee can), beet pulp, (dry..not soaked)(1/2 a coffee can), mineral 1/4 cup, and 1/2 cup of flax seed. I am looking for a pelleted food of some sort, but I'm not exactly sure what I want yet.

This is what they look like. (sorry I don't have a more recent pic. This one was taken a couple months ago.)



Thankfully almost all the snow is gone since I took this picture and I noticed Lillie is starting to shed her winter coat and is looking mighty nice! When we have another decent day where it's not so muddy here, I'll take some photos.

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