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post #1 of 25 Old 08-29-2011, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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Please help putting on weight on horse

I purchased a horse a few months ago she is a 8 year old buckskin mare. i did not want to buy her but i felt sorry for her she was very bony. I would like to get her putting on weight, What will be a good food to feed her to get her weight up? My daughter want to start learning to ride and maybe later running barrels and poles. I did not want to spend alot of money until i know she will like the sport. The mare is very gentle and easy to handle. Im thinking about giving this mare a try but i will like to get her more heathy before i do anything. She rides very well i use a tie down on her lately because she getting to throw her head around bad. Should i try a hackmoore on her instead of the bits to elimate her head movement? Im new with the forum so please bare with me i know im jumping around but i just want to do the correct way for her seems she been mistreated enough. thanks for looking and any comments will be very appreciated.
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post #2 of 25 Old 08-29-2011, 08:01 AM
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Can you post a snap shot of your mare and tell us how much and what she is being currently fed? If you can also say a general where you are from it helps also as different areas and countries have different brands of feed available.
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post #3 of 25 Old 08-29-2011, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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im sorry for not putting pic on here im working out of town at this time, but i live in franklinton louisiana. We have near town tractor supply, and a local feed store. At this time im feeding her safe choice 14%. My haflinger im feeding her 10% sweet feed. They have plenty of grass in the field, the field is approx: 4 acres and the grass is plentiful.
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post #4 of 25 Old 08-29-2011, 08:54 AM
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I feed my QH/TB BOSS and flax seed..He will drop weight really easy, and I keep him at a great weight feeding him this..The BOSS and Flaxseed have alot of fat without giving the horse the extra energy....Plus the stuff has alot of Omega's, so it keeps their coat shinny and healthy, its great for hooves.., and it also keeps their inside plumbing working great. :)
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post #5 of 25 Old 08-29-2011, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much her hooves are bad too. Like i said i bought with a heavy heart i had to do this i can not believe people have horses that do not take care of horses like this. Also as i get her to the condition noted i might try her with my daughter to barrel race but in a slow pace so both can learn as when my daughter learns i might have to get a another horse for her to do the barrels since the mare has been mistreated with food. What do u think?
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If you do decide to try the BOSS/Flaxseed diet, intoduce it very slowly, I grind my Flax just before feeding, but it can be given whole also...for the BOSS, we cannot feed more than 2 pounds a day, 1 pound has 2500 calories...My guy gets 2 cups a day, plus 1/4 cup of flax, and that keeps him at a good weight, I will be adding a bit more BOSS to his diet soon to add a few extra pounds for winter..I am sending a link for more info....
keep us updated on how things are going, plus, if your daughter will be riding her, she will not be hot from her feed, and may be easier for your daughter to ride..


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post #7 of 25 Old 08-29-2011, 11:22 AM
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She rides very well i use a tie down on her lately because she getting to throw her head around bad. Should i try a hackmoore on her instead of the bits to elimate her head movement?
A horse that tosses it's head to the point of needing a tiedown to remain safe if not a good ride and can be downright dangerous. It can be a sign of poor training, pain, confusion, defiance and even poor hands on the rider. Eliminate the pain issues. Start by working her at liberty in a RP or on a lungline. Does she hold her head in a neutral position and move freely? If you are comfortable with it, saddle her up and get on her with just a halter. What does she do now? If she's still quiet with her head and neck, there isn't any saddle pain and the head tossing can be linked to the bit/teeth. Get her teeth evaluated and play around with changing her bit. A hackamore might work and just a different mouthpiece might do the trick too. If she's been ridden by people with heady hands, she can be anticipating the pain and you're just going to have to prove to her that the deal has changed and that will take a few good rides. Maybe let her carry the bit but ride in a halter underneath it so if you slip up and grab her head, you're not punishing her mouth.
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we feed our horses Beetpulp, mineral, power 2000 and sunflower seeds. It is a good combo for them, 1.5 scoops twice a day. The regularity of it is key though.
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Good thanks u r correct she may had the reins to tight against her mouth. Also before i got her she was very poor and not taken care of at all i felt sorry for her so i bought her but she is a very very gentle horse she rides very smooth believe or not. She just holds her head middle to high alot. I had alot of people tell me that they would not buy her i gave the kid 250 dollars for her. Im making it a personal deal to get this horse in good riding shape. She rides very well she reins good stops good only thing like i said her head moves alot. Also people said since she was very poor and not taken care of , once she gets back on track she will ride very ruff and i will be disappoint but it is a chance im going to take. Wha tdo u think about the poor condition when i got her and about her riding ruff? Thanks for ur comment it well noted.
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post #10 of 25 Old 08-29-2011, 12:26 PM
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you could also try a rope halter on her while riding, or if you have a bitless bridle, that would do the trick also..Just be extra gentle with your hands...
I was also thinking that a good dose of Pro-biotics would probally do wonders for her..It will balance her stoamch, and make it work like new.. :)
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