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    08-23-2013, 08:42 PM
Question Not gainin weight, but not losin weight?

I have a 8 year old Paint gelding. Since February/March he's been consistently underweight. I've took his manure to the vet to check for any kinds of issues but they have all came back negative. The vet seems to think since he was kicked by a Shetland pony & has a small blind spot, & that I sold his "best buddy" horse, that he is stressed. I've been putting him out on pasture alone during the day, he's fed once in the morning, put out to pasture, brought back up at night, fed again, with hay throughout the night as well(just the past 3 days since the last vet visit). I would say he is a 6, low 7 on the body scale. He is wormed regularly, & like I said, he has been vet checked twice this year to make sure he wasn't sick or anything. Are there any feed that will speed up the weight gaining process? Any supplements? Thank you!



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    08-23-2013, 09:39 PM
What are you feeding? And how much by weight? I d say he's thinner the a 6 on the body scoring. Hard to tell from pics though. He is pretty thin can see ribs and back bone in one pic.

Triple crown senior does wonders for puttig on weight. For a supplement to help put on weight cool calories works well. Alfalfa hay or pellets aso helps put on weight.
    08-23-2013, 09:44 PM
What kind of hay are you feeding? It could be that it has no nutritional values and just filling his belly.

You don't want to spee up weight gain- its a slow process.
    08-23-2013, 09:49 PM
His hay is fresh hay from our spring cutting. Not old wet hay. He is fed 10% sweet feed mixed with oats.
    08-23-2013, 09:51 PM
He always shows some ribs, he's a thin built horse as is. His top line is bad & his hind end isn't wonderful. The vet just told me to continue feeding him, pasturing him, & making sure he got good hay. She didn't recommend me a feed or anything.
    08-23-2013, 09:59 PM
Originally Posted by paintgirl96    
His hay is fresh hay from our spring cutting. Not old wet hay. He is fed 10% sweet feed mixed with oats.
Your from where I am- we havent cut hay this spring yet but it would be our fourth cutting-- sould be good stuff.. might want to up the rations- between my two they get one bale a day and free choice pasture grass.

Do you work him any? Horses just sitting around in pasture can sometimes be under weight from lack of musce- definitely why he has no topline.. he don't look 'skinny' to me just under muscled- give him a job and see what that does for him.
    08-23-2013, 10:03 PM
You're right, time for a change! :)

So assuming that he is, in fact, eating the proper 2% of his body weight in forage per day (about 20 lbs) we can move on to another level!

Sweet feed isn't going to do a lot for him, especially now. Instead, start feeding senior feed in the recommended servings. (Nutrena Senior Feed for a horse his size, in addition to hay, would be about 7-9 lbs per day, and you can look into other brands, like Triple Crown, etc.)

That alone should start making a difference, but if you'd like to do more than that, think about adding an Omega-3 supplement. :)

He is definitely underweight, but an improvement to his diet should make a big difference! :)
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    08-24-2013, 01:10 AM
His topline is horrible, & his hind end needs some weight. I ride him once a week, not long, but he still wants to work. Still has the same energy as before(he's a barrel racer so he's pretty hot) but I'll start working him more. I'm going to test some Nutrena feed out on him here in the next week. I have him on a muscle supplement & he's improved a little bit since I started him on that.
    08-24-2013, 02:02 AM
It doesn't appear to be so much a muscle problem as an weight problem. He's not going to be able to gain much muscle if he doesn't have the protein to do so.

Take him off of the sweet feed entirely. It's really not a great nutritional point. Corn isn't really great for horses. Instead, senior feed. Senior feed is what needs to be added in first and foremost. There are plenty of brands to try, so read up on them and decide which one is best for your horse. However, you must make sure that you're feeding enough. That means not just "a scoop" or "two scoops." Rather, weigh it and feed according to the labels and information provided.

Senior feed is going to be the first step, and then other things (like supplements) can come in.

After you have that foundation of forage and senior feed, consider, like Mudpie said, adding in Omega, and then a vitamin supplement (however a fortified grain like senior feed is a pretty good vitamin source, so take that into consideration). Supplement according to the horse's needs.

Lots of love for your boy! Best of luck! :)
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    08-24-2013, 02:41 AM
All sweet feed means is added molasses-- I can take any senior feed add molasses and its now 'sweet feed' lol. Only thing senior feed does is break down easier with saliva-- is he an older horse or have teeth problems?

Don't go by what the bag of feed says ever.. not with no animal! The bag says what the company wants to bring them in revenue, lol. Be careful switching his feed- you can start slow by mixing the two feeds but keep the same amount you been feeding (weight or scoop) just wean him off the old feed slowly by mixing the two.

If you want to add something to help him gain a little more weight- beetpulp is good for that and things like ricebran- alfalfa will put weight on him but you said he's already hot and that will make it worst- nothings more healthy than just giving more hay and cutting out grain all together -youd need a mineral block to make up for lack of vits in the hay and grass alone though.

Lol just keep it simple and work him more than once a week and hell build his muscle back up- everywhere he is 'lacking' looks like muscle waste to me- 30 minutes lunging a day can change that-- or you can do it the lazy way and feed raw coconut oil, lol.

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