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    08-09-2012, 09:52 AM
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Question New to horses, new horses, skinny geldings

Hello to the forum. I'm a new horse owner - finally achieved my dream at 40 years old.

I "inherited" three beautiful horses - a mustang mare, a paint thorough bred mix gelding and a thorough bred gelding

Although all healthy, the geldings were too skinny. They came from an area of Colorado known for sand, and the former owner recommended I run same clear in their grain to help them gain weight.

In addition, my friend, who is an experienced horse owner, told me to isolate them in the corral, away from my mare and her two mares, who we are boarding, and feed them a bale of alfalfa a day.

The paint is responding wonderfully. He is no longer "hippy," you can't see his ribs and he looks to be just about at the perfect weight. He's 20, by the way.

The thorough bred, who is eight, is not coming along as quick. He has not been on sand clear as long as the paint - and I'm having to sand clear them both as he steals the paint's food. I can no longer count his ribs, but he still has pronounced hips.

Like I said before, currently, the boys are standing in their food in a 60x60 corral, so everything they eat is being packed on in pounds. I feed the 60/40 alfalfa, and they get sweet grains and sand clear every night. Their teeth are good, otherwise, they are in excellent health, just a little skinny.

I'd like to start legging my thorough bred up for hunting season, but he needs more meat on him before that can happen. Am I being impatient, or is there something more I can do for him?
     
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    08-09-2012, 09:56 AM
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Have you consulted a vet about putting weight on carefully and not overdoing it? Have they been dewormed, and if so, with what? Has an equine dentist checked their teeth, or have you just looked at the front ones?
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    08-09-2012, 10:01 AM
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The previous owner had their teeth done, dewormed them and had their feet done a week before I got them. I've looked at their rear teeth, as has my friend, who gets all up in a horse's mouth first thing when she meets them. They're sound.

One thing I've read about thorough breds is that they "run hot." He is gaining weight. Just not as quickly as the paint. Perhaps because he's got a higher metabolism, he's just not gaining as quickly?
     
    08-09-2012, 10:04 AM
  #4
Showing
I'd deep six the sweet feed in favor of something more nutritious. Blue Seal, Triple Crown, Nutrena, and some of the Purina feeds would be a much better choice. All of my horses get Blue Seal Trotter, and my TB is doing fabulously on it.

The alfalfa mix sounds goods, but your TB probably has a higher metabolism and more sensitive system than the others, which is why he's not gaining as well.

Still, if they're underweight, slow and steady gaining is what you want, not immediate poundage packed on.
     
    08-09-2012, 10:05 AM
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Have you treated them for internal parasites?
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    08-09-2012, 10:09 AM
  #6
Foal
They have been dewormed. Can I deworm them again, or are they like dogs, which you should only deworm once every six months?
     
    08-09-2012, 10:10 AM
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If they've been recently dewormed and were kept on a schedule, there's no sense doing it again so soon.

They're nothing like dogs psychologically or physiologically.
     
    08-09-2012, 10:16 AM
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I didn't think so. They're sure a lot of fun, though! My thorough bred, Duke, is a real character! He makes me smile every time I work with him.
     
    08-09-2012, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by killaguhrilla    
The previous owner had their teeth done, dewormed them and had their feet done a week before I got them. I've looked at their rear teeth, as has my friend, who gets all up in a horse's mouth first thing when she meets them. They're sound.

One thing I've read about thorough breds is that they "run hot." He is gaining weight. Just not as quickly as the paint. Perhaps because he's got a higher metabolism, he's just not gaining as quickly?
agree with above posts plus do you know what wormer may want a fecal done
     
    08-09-2012, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by killaguhrilla    
I didn't think so. They're sure a lot of fun, though! My thorough bred, Duke, is a real character! He makes me smile every time I work with him.
TBs, especially geldings, tend to be the goofballs of the horse world. My JJ keeps me smiling or outright laughing most of the time.

Do you have any pictures? We love pictures here!
     

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