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        09-12-2009, 03:43 AM
      #21
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by MTcowgirl    
    it's ridiculous to keep "all those horses in one pen knowing that some are bully's and feed them all together at the same time"

    Obviously that was not the situation and yes it is ridiculous given what I said. If I had said that there was ample room and she spread the food out then you would be correct but in fact I said the opposite.
    I was just pointing out that it isn't *necessarily* rediculous, what you wrote. Not trying to say you were wrong in the least in this instance. It seems it's just a misunderstanding, that you may have meant the opposite, but that wasn't clear to me. You said 'pasture', which doesn't indicate much about the amount of room, aside from it generally meaning substantially bigger than a 'yard'. Feeding at the same time isn't a bad idea, and I didn't take 'all together' to mean in the one spot.

    Cheers! I'm glad to hear the horse is out of the situation!
         
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        09-12-2009, 03:16 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    I was just pointing out that it isn't *necessarily* rediculous, what you wrote. Not trying to say you were wrong in the least in this instance. It seems it's just a misunderstanding, that you may have meant the opposite, but that wasn't clear to me. You said 'pasture', which doesn't indicate much about the amount of room, aside from it generally meaning substantially bigger than a 'yard'. Feeding at the same time isn't a bad idea, and I didn't take 'all together' to mean in the one spot.

    Cheers! I'm glad to hear the horse is out of the situation!

    I see, simple misunderstanding lol. And thanks, I am glad I got him out too. And I already know this horses potential. He's going to be great! I get to go and see him tomorrow and I'm very excited. I have wormer for both horses in the car and I'm already ready to go.

    And I see what you mean. I have always fed all my horses at the same time. I just make sure that some horses are further away from the others depending on their dominance so that everyone gets their fair share.
         
        09-14-2009, 12:16 AM
      #23
    Foal
    As for the hair loss issue... check to see if he has lice or some type of parasite. There are powders and sprays you can get for this. If you have time, check the pictures of Kay on my profile. In Jan. Of this year, she was 300 lbs. Underweight, had skin fungus from a non-breathable blanket that was left on her all winter, and lice, which I treated with a powder that I applied regularly. Good luck and I'm glad you got him back.
         
        09-14-2009, 03:23 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Thumbs up Update

    Ok so I got to go down and see Vaguer today. He's looking a bit better, more shine to his coat, his hair is already growing back on those spots and he was really frisky. Lots of energy.

    I am getting his beet pulp as soon as I get paid this week and my fiance's son lives right by there. He's going to be feeding him the beet pulp everyday for me since I can't go down everyday (). I have to keep on telling myself that it's only been a little over a week since he came back to me and he's not going to gain all that weight overnight!

    So here some pictures from today!


    A little shinier!



    Hair growing back!! Yay
         
        09-16-2009, 02:31 AM
      #25
    Foal
    So I'd like a few opinions. Is this the progress he should be making? Does it seem like he should have done better after two weeks than this?
         
        09-16-2009, 03:23 AM
      #26
    Trained
    If you've noticed any improvement after only 2 weeks, I'd say you're well on track. The thing is, as with ourselves or any animal, rapid weight gain is not healthy, regardless of how 'poor' we may be. It's better to do it more gradually. While this horse is obviously way too thin, he's not skin & bone either, so if you have him on a good diet & well balanced nutrition, that should make the world of difference.
         
        09-16-2009, 03:25 AM
      #27
    Foal
    In my experience, I have learned that beet pulp is pretty useless and doesn't actually offer that much nutritional value. Some people really believe in it though, so it couldn't hurt to throw it in with his grain. Generally, hay it what puts weight on, not grain. Try feeding hay by weight instead of flake count for a while. Throw him a substantial amount and if he eats it all, add a little more. When he starts leaving small scraps behind, you've found a good amount.

    Also, Coco-soya oil helps. It gives them some extra fat and it makes their coat shinny too! I had my horse on plain old corn oil for a while as a coco-soya substitute and it works just as well. Just throw a cup on with their grain.
         
        09-16-2009, 10:18 AM
      #28
    Foal
    Just keep up the good work and in 6 months he won't look like the same horse. Once again, check your suppliers for TDI senior feed. This will run a little more expensive then other feeds, but well worth it. It already carries a beet pulp and extra nutrients. You can Google TDI and it will give you all the info and where your closest supplier is. BTW--Bless you for saving this horse!!!
         
        09-19-2009, 01:00 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Add Rice Bran and mix with Alfalfa pellets and you can do beet pulp, oats and/or a senior feed and he will GAIN WEIGHT. Poor Boy! Bless his heart!
         
        11-20-2009, 07:29 PM
      #30
    Foal
    We have this horse at my barn that is a seven yr old tb. He has alot of problems, that he shouldn't have. Especially his weight. So we feed him 4 flakes of hay at night and a scoop of senoir feed and 6 scoops of cool cals. And at noon 1 flake of alfalfa. And in the morning 3 flakes. He gained a bunch weight really quick. You could also feed corn oil. I heard it helps put on weight.
         

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