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post #31 of 41 Old 06-15-2012, 02:38 PM
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Cool calores is an okay product but corn oil is NOT. Corn oil keeps inflammation in your horses joints. There have been many articles to support this in leading magazines. Stick with the rice bran oil...much better for the horses!
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post #32 of 41 Old 06-15-2012, 11:44 PM
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I dont like corn oil for the reason the person added before. I rescued a Tb on december 31st. He was about 250-300 lbs underweight with very little winter coat (sorry the pictures are large)

This was taken the day we got him. He was on 4 lbs strategy, 3lbs beet pulp (soaked) 12 lbs alfalfa, free choice local grass hay, and a helping of cool calories. Vet said he would not have made it through the rest of the winter

The begining of may. He was on 3lbs strategy, grazing during the day and all you can eat grass hay at night.

And him today. He is on 3.5 lbs soaked beet pulp with a vit/min supplement, and smargain4 by (love this stuff as its 26% protein) Grazzing all day and all you can eat grass hay at night. We still have about 150-200 lbs to go (mostly muscle) But he is much better. Oh by the way hes a 15 year old 16 hand thoroughbred gelding. The diet he is on gets him about 18,000-19,000 calories a day. Hes not being ridden or excersised yet till we can decide on a good joint sup for him but when he is i will up the calories to 20,000-21,000.
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We are confident we will have him up to weight and muscle by winter.
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post #33 of 41 Old 06-16-2012, 09:25 AM
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rescue 8 months later

You have rec.d some very good replies. I too have a rescue mare that I adopted 5 months ago. I sooooo wish I could figure out how to post pics. You all would "gasp" at how she looked when she came in. She was only 580 lbs. She is now about the same wt. as your horse, but she is only 15 hh. Anyway I am a HUGE fan of all horses being out on grass at least 12 hrs. a day unless they have hoof issues like laminitis/founder & like the others have suggested hay all the time when stalled. I board Charlotte so cannot really regulate what she eats, but if your barn allows you to determine her feeding regimine I'd take some the advice of the other members already given. I do know that it takes a long time & she'll probably need some slow muscle building up also. LOL OC & Charlotte
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post #34 of 41 Old 06-16-2012, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by pgboogie View Post
Thanks for the reply!!

How much weight is too much weight, too fast? Is 200 lbs in 3-4 months a reasonable augmentation? I'm all about adding MORE natural food into her diet.

She is stalled as she's such a gentle giant, the other mares in the mare pasture would probably run her into the wire--at the very least kick her butt. Very dominant females, but I do get out every day to round pen her and get her out.

What type of hay would you recommend? Grass or more Oat? or is there some thing better for free feed option?

Thanks tons!!
its better if the horse gains slower then trying to dump alot of weight on at once. I have found and still use Calf mana with horses that are under weight picky eaters etc. 1 cup to morning feed. I have never been let down by this product , and it helps with the coat and feet as well. 2 flakes in am and 2 flakes in pm is not enough and usually shouldnt go by flakes more so by weight. If she is stalled more then out hay should be in front of her at all times. Ulcers accur in horses that are stalled alot and eating hay keeps the juices flowing. Reason why horses out on pasture are less likely to have ulcers.
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post #35 of 41 Old 06-16-2012, 04:30 PM
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So I didn't read all the replies, not sure if this has been covered but do a complete blood panel on her. I have a rescue mare that won't gain weight. Vet just diagnosed her with anemia and she's loaded with parasites even though she is on a rotational deworming schedule. So I have to do a panacur power pack for 5 days then daily dewormer. One tube of dewormer will not take care of all the parasites. Get a vet involved sooner than later.
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post #36 of 41 Old 06-27-2012, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Two weeks later, she's looking better already

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a photo from yesterday. I've seen much improvement in just two weeks. She's looking very good....more muscle, especially on her hindquarters. I hope I'm not working her too much (10 good hours a week) lots of it just walking up the trail (I'm leading her) or round penning. Her feet and coat are my main signs of good health from 2 months ago(smoother hooves and shiny coat even when dirty). I'll keep you all updated! Thanks for all the info and your advice! I love it when the animal community comes together for the Well-being of animals everywhere!
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....I notice from the earlier post, her torso is much plumper !!!!

Thank you all so much again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wahoooo!! It's so nice to see such an improvement in such little time.
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post #38 of 41 Old 06-27-2012, 02:53 PM
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Invest in a small mesh hay net for about $8. Stuff it hard. It forces her to nibble rather than shove down large clumps of hay. The way you feed she'd have finished the two flakes before lunch the is hungry all afternoon- a good way for ulcers to develop. At least with the net you can get more than two flakes in and it will last her much longer. Remember, the fast in the faster out. By slowing her down she will better digest her hay which helps with weight gain.
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post #39 of 41 Old 06-27-2012, 03:56 PM
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Shes looking good! way to go!
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post #40 of 41 Old 06-27-2012, 04:01 PM
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Good job!! Keep up the awesome work and keep the photos coming!!!! Beautiful paint!!!!
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