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post #1 of 9 Old 03-04-2008, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question for everyone who keeps there horses in a dry lot!

How in creation do you keep weight on your horses? I have looked at some of the pictures and there horses are in dry lots and are as plump and muscular as can be! Poco dropped down to an amazing 850 lbs this winter. Disgusts me to think about it. Trust me, its not because of lact of food. He gets 50 lbs of hay a day (timothy/alfalfa mix) and 10 lbs of grain (14% protien, 10% fat, 17% fiber) and he gets 4 cups dry beet pulp (I measure it dry then soak it and his grain). He has a 15 acres pasture which right now doesnt matter because its winter but hes still frail looking. I will try and get pictures tomorrow with my hubbies phone. Just want till I show you.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-04-2008, 06:33 PM
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I'm not sure what could be the problem. Three out of our five horses have been pawing all winter and they are fat!!
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-04-2008, 07:53 PM
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Perhaps it's something internal? The easiest to think of might be worms, but it could be teeth problems, or something with the digestive tract. If he's eating all his food and isn't being worked hard, then that might be something to consider. Is he alone when he's eating, or with a group that's pushing him away?
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-04-2008, 07:55 PM
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By dry lot, I am assuming you mean lack of pasture. That is pretty much standard here, so there is no need to refer to it as a dry lot. Just pen, paddock, or field. Heck, I even call our 2 acre pen our pasture (with no grass). :)

Anyway, there must be something else going on with your guy, because our horses survive well without pasture. I try to be very liberal with the hay, and depending on hay quality, I give no grain to 4lbs of complete a day. We had some really leafy round bales last year. All of our horse got fat on that with no grain at all. This year, our hay is different, and I have been supplementing nutrients in the form of Nutrena safe choice - about 1lb 2x a day to the older gelding, up to about 4lbs a day to our preggo mare. My preference it to give hay free choice - bet again, that depends on who I am getting it from, and the quality of hay.

for you, I would say a health check is in seems that your guy should have picked up weight.
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-04-2008, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Its nothing internal. Hes been recently wormed, his teeth are in great shape, and his digestive tract is doing better now than it ever has. He is under going hill therapy right now but he has had his food bumped up sense then. Im going to try and attach some pictures back in november. Hes gained a good bit of weight sense then because I changed his feed and hay.

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post #6 of 9 Old 03-05-2008, 10:53 AM
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You say he was recently dewormed, but with what? Parasite resistance is becoming a big issue--strongyles are resistant to fenbendazole in most areas and to pyrantel in about 50% of the areas tested. Also, are you deworming for tapeworms?

When did he last have his teeth checked?

What is the quality of the hay he is eating?

What kind of feed is he eating--pellet, sweet feed, etc?

Does he eat eagerly?

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post #7 of 9 Old 03-05-2008, 11:21 AM
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I had the exact same problem. I was feeding beat pulp also. I found that it was the beat pulp that was causing him to lose weight, no idea why. I took him off it and he gained weight right back.
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post #8 of 9 Old 03-06-2008, 08:31 AM
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We dry lot ours in the winter. I call it that, its also called a sacrifice lot or pasture. There is never any grass growing there no matter the season. We keep limestone screenings on it to keep the mud at a minimum so there is no way grass will grow on it. Its where they go when I need to rest my regular pasture to keep it from being overgrazed, and where they spend the winter. It was a suggestion from our land conservation officer in a rotating pasture plan to have a dry or sacrifice lot. There, dry lot explained
Ours have all been fat and happy all winter on just plain prairie grass and pellet feed (purina strategy). You might want to have a fecal analysis done just to rule out any parasites. I'm betting thats what the problem is.
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-07-2008, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Once again he has been dewormed with zimectrin gold, his teeth have been checked. He eats triple crown senior which is a sweet feed. It is soaked with his beet pulp so it is easier to chew. He eats just fine. He will eat all day if you let him.

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