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  • Quickest way to fatten a horse
  • How to put weight on a horse quickly

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    07-30-2012, 08:12 PM
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Foal
QUICK Fattening help!

I have a 5yr old canadian tb, he's skinny and i'd really like to put weight on him as quick as possible. He's currently on beet pulp.
Any ideas?
     
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    07-30-2012, 08:14 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Without knowing why he is underweight, there is no way to responsibly advise how to put the weight back on him. When was the horse last vetted, teeth checked/floated, de-wormed, FEC done, etc?
Also, the goal should not be fast weight gain, but appropriate and healthy weight gain. Attempting to put weight on a compromised horse too fast does more harm than good.
What type of hay/forage is the horse receiving, how much underweight is he, how much beet pulp and hay (in weight, not volume or flakes) is he being given?
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    07-30-2012, 08:18 PM
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Foal
He got dehydrated and lost weight. He gets two flakes , twice a day. Not sure how much weight that is. His feed doesn't have any fat in it. One cottage cheese scoop of beet pulp once dailey, soaked.
The goal is to put the weight back on him, as quickly as possible.
     
    07-30-2012, 08:22 PM
  #4
Started
You don't want to add weight too quickly. The best way is free choice hay or good pasture. You can add beet pulp, rice bran, flax, or any number of other weight builders, but you need to be sure his nutritional needs are met. I would up his hay and beet pulp first, and go from there. Two flakes sounds like not nearly enough unless your bales are heavy.
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    07-30-2012, 08:25 PM
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Foal
His pasture has NO grass, and he can't be moved, also he's not allowed out in a pasture cause he hurts himself, so he just has a big stall.
He has been on beet pulp for a good month, and was on alfalfa cubes for a month. Also if he eats too much hay, he colics.
     
    07-30-2012, 08:34 PM
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Even with the big ol' timothy/orchard grass 100lb bales I was used to in Washington state, two flakes twice a day wouldn't be nearly enough for a normal TB, let alone a skinny one. Up the hay. If he colics if he gets too much at once, then just split it up. Two flakes THREE times a day, rather than two. And double the beet pulp while you're at it.

Can't guarantee your guy doesn't have other problems (bad teeth can result in colic, btw, get a vet out to check for medical issues) but my little QH would be losing weight given what your guy is, so no wonder a TB isn't doing well on it.
     
    07-30-2012, 08:37 PM
  #7
Foal
I'd have to disagree with that. I have two other TB's that are doing perfectly fine on two flakes a day, with no grass. He lost wait due to dehydration. Also with the barn i'm at, he can ONLY get fed twice a day.
     
    07-30-2012, 08:56 PM
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What caused the dehydration?
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    07-30-2012, 09:00 PM
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Green Broke
Regardless of why he lost weight, feeding him the normal amount for a healty TB is not going to help him gain weight....gaining weight too fast isnt good for him either. Whats the rush?

Get a vet out, see if there is any other medical stuff going on. Ulcers, teeth, etc.

Then up his hay amount, up the beetpulp, and try some rice bran or pro manna etc.


If he is stuck in a stall he may be stressed out. Maybe try putting a jolly ball or a likit in there to keep him occupied.
     
    07-30-2012, 09:16 PM
  #10
Trained
As others have already said, NO, you don't want to put weight on him quickly. You need to do it gradually. Sounds like some study into equine nutrition & feeding would be a good idea.

Have his teeth been attended to? Has he been *effectively* wormed? Have you considered/treated for ulcers or such? Has he seen a vet? No, 'too much hay' is not a reason for colic, although too little or too infrequent(so there are periods of hunger), or too rich or some such may be. If he's always cooped up, this is bad for his health on a number of levels, including his digestion too.

What else is he fed? You also need to tell how much, for us to have any idea of what else may be good. For eg. What on earth does 'a cottage cheese scoop' mean? Weighing the feed, not just saying a scoop, a flake, etc.
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