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post #11 of 13 Old 07-31-2012, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Courtneysequine View Post
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.
And I have to disagree with you, a horse can't be underweight due to dehydration. If a horse looses weight due to dehydration-all they have lost is excess water from their system not bone and muscle. They can loose 2-3 gallons an hour during strenuous work but they need to replace that water or else they cannot function-think heat stroke and possibly death. That's what dehydration means...less water than the body requires. Here's a link to a good article on the importance of water, and how having free choice water is essential to good health.


Now if your horse is underweight, you need to get to the real root of the problem. It would be a teeth issue, it could be inadequate feed, it could be parasites.Have you had the Vet out to look at the horse?

Regardless, as others have posted you cannot "quickly" add weight onto a horse without there being adverse effects-like colic or founder. If you look around the forum here, there are various threads on how to correctly bring a horse back into condition without overfeeding.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-31-2012, 10:05 PM
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If this horse is off the track then he likely has ulcers. He should be getting about 20 lbs of hay. What does he have for salt? If a block, leave it in his stall but offer loose salt as well. Pickling salt from the grocery store works nicely. Horses do not ingest enough salt from a lick. He needs to be turned out. Horses reguire movement to assist the gut with digestion. Invest about $10 in a small mesh hay net. This will force him to nibble at his hay and this will improve digestion, rather than him bolting it down. He won't be standing around for hours with no feed. Horses spend about 18hr day eating and he should be too, The net will extend the time his hay lasts. Get two and hang in opposite corners of his stall. He'll walk back and forth.
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-01-2012, 08:56 AM
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He needs a vet, period.

I'm guessing by how defensive you have gotten, he has not seen a vet about this. I have a horse that I'm still trying to put weight on and my vet is consulted and updated with every single change to her feed.

I also weigh everything and measure liquids. I have an entire corner of my barns feed room taken up with all of my supplies. I have a scale (a whole $7 at walmart), syringes that measure cc's and measuring cups.
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