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    06-12-2012, 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by ThirteenAcres    
It wouldn't even hurt to maybe get in touch with a local rescue and ask for advice. They are usually experts in trying to put weight on horses in any and every condition. And they should be a great resource in the future if you're ever needing additional help.

And welcome to the forum! =)
Very good advice, as far as I am concerned they are the "go to" resource on how to safely get a horse in weight. Those people deal with underfed horses all the time, especially here in Michigan where the local economy is pretty bad.
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    06-12-2012, 06:10 PM
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I would opt for increasing her hay amount. 4 flakes just doesn't seem to me to be enough.

I don't think anyone else mentioned it but when was the last time her teeth were checked? If they are bad, it won't matter how much you feed her. She won't be able to chew it enough to digest it very well.

I know many people feed different types of feed or grain. Personally I like to use beet pulp. It is a step towards grain/feed but is a forage like hay. It doesn't put weight on too fast but does work well. I think what you want, 200 lbs in 3 or 4 months, should be doable. Actually I would expect it. Not seeing the weight gain in 8 months, I would have been changing something sooner.
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    06-12-2012, 06:41 PM
You have much feed advice here, so I won't add to that. I just wanted to say that I'd not be accepting the "your mare has to stay stabled because the others will beat her up" argument. If these people are taking your money I think they should be providing some grazing for you. A separate paddock with just one gentle companion shouldn't be too hard to arrange, even if it means sectioning off the big field the rest of the herd is in.

Time out grazing should be part of her recovery regime really.

My apologies if I've misunderstood what you said.

Good luck with her.
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    06-12-2012, 07:05 PM
Thanks all for the advice. I will also find out if there is a smaller area where she can graze comfortably without the entire herd on her back. She really is a big baby.

I really appreciate all the good advice everyone has given. Some good feedback for me and some action items for me on food and pasture turnout time!! I'm new to some of this but a lot of it really is common sense, so thanks all and I'll post pics of her in a couple more months! I'm really happy I was able to pick up a less fortunate horse as she's just a sweet sweet girl, good personality and has a sound mind. I'm working with her with my riding instructor and she's starting to feel much more confident under saddle. :) She's the best and I want to give her nothing BUT the best!!!
    06-12-2012, 07:08 PM
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    06-12-2012, 07:14 PM
Since a horse is a hind gut fermentor and oats are very high in starch you would be much better off with a product like Nutrena safe choice original (7% fat and 17% starch) or safechoice perform (9%fat and 20% starch) either of these feeds is at least half or more of the starch levels os oats. You can add a rice bran oil (triple crown) or a rice bran pellet (empower boost) to add more fat for temporary fixes until your horse reaches optimum weight. Alfalfa cubes (soaked) is also a good additional hay supplement to a hay program. Lots of smaller meals are better than big ones.
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    06-12-2012, 07:15 PM
Welcome to the Forum. I am in the southern part of the Valley in Ca.
I would add Corn Oil. I use it for my sr horses on top of the LMF sr.
It helps keep the weight, has the calories. It really helps them out.
I also feed the All in one. I do dampen it with water. There is a product called Cool Calories. I used that for one starved rescue who loved it, the other did not like it. I also kept hay in front of the horse 24 / 7. Until they start to get piggy and use it for a toilet.
    06-12-2012, 07:30 PM
Id try a weight supplement... That was the only way my friend could get enough weight on her rescued tb.
    06-12-2012, 08:55 PM
She's the same age as my horse, and about the same condition he was when I ran into this similar problem.

What works for us was putting him on Triple Crown Senior. Now 11 isn't really a senior, but he's an extremely hard keeper. It has a high fat %, lots of vitamins and minerals, and paired with 24/7 hay, he has blossomed.

Check out FeedXL. It costs around $90 to join for a year, you can put in what your horse is getting and get a nice accurate approximation of what they're diet looks like and what you need to take away or add. I highly highly recommend it.

You can look at supplements, but a good feed with everything already in it doesn't require any additions. SmartPak is the Queen company of supplements and will help you with any questions.

Best of luck :) She will get fit and healthy. What has the vet said about her weight and diet? That's important too.
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    06-12-2012, 10:40 PM
I would get her teeth checked, and maybe even checked for stomach ulcers.

Some horses need the extra carbs that grain gives, I would really consider upping that along with her hay.
As for the winter, you may need to blanket.

My guy came in a similar condition, almost 9 months later, he is as fat as ever.
I had him on a round bale 24/7 with alfalfa supplements. He also received 3lbs of quality grain daily. Because I got him in November, I had no choice but to blanket him. By the end of the winter, he outgrew his blanket! :)

Wish you guys the best of luck! She's lucky to have such a caring owner!

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