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post #1 of 3 Old 08-03-2008, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help with Weight!

I had Diesel out with some people who were riding him in exchange for lease. They were told to feed him three flakes of good quality grass/alfalfa hay that I supplied twice a day, plus about a cup and a half of grain that I also supplied. This was after talking to my vet about maintaining his weight while I started to work him again. I had been out of town for a bit, and I went and saw him and was shocked to see that he had dropped way down to where I keep him. I asked the owners what they were feeding him, and they said that for the 4 full sized horses, and 4 minis out there, they were putting out 11 flakes of hay. Also, Diesel is very low-man on the totem so it seems like he has been getting bullied away from his feed.

I am moving him within this week so that he can gain weight and get back his manners as he seemed to have lost them with the kids riding him.


How would you suggest I go about this? Should I use any supplements? Do you think I should just talk to my veterinarian again? Any help would be appreciated. I hate seeing him this underweight. I would say he is about 75-90lbs underweight. His withers are more pointy, you can see a faint outline of ribs, and his hips are skinnier than I like. He is wormed and UTD on everything and will be moving ASAP
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-03-2008, 05:14 PM
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increase his feed to 3 x's a day or about 3 weeks or so and try using beet pulp and feeding that twice a day, make sure you soak it in water first and feed about a cup 2x's a day and add corn oil to his feed also bc it has a lot of fat content in it and helps to add weight, give about 1/4 cup of that. i had the same problem with my gelding and i did this for about 2 weeks and he's already put on at least 50lbs!

hope this helps. this is also what my vet and old trainer recommended.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-04-2008, 02:54 PM
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Cool Calories 100

i have found that adding "Cool Calories 100" works very well with putting weight back on a horse. i used it for my 23 yr ol, my 18 yr old, and an 11 yr old that i am training. all you do is add 1 or 2 scoops to his grain once a day. you may need to wet it down enough for it ot stick. it looks like little white granuals and it smells really sweet. i have noticed that this is the only thing that puts weight on my horses with out feeding them a ton of hay and with out them getting "hot". where i live, i spend about $25 on an 8 pound tub nad it last a long time. i hope this helps
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