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  • What part of the horses body gains weight first
  • What part of the horses body gains weight first

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    07-16-2010, 12:50 PM
The second day I had her she coliced from sand. I gave her a supplement to push the sand out and she hasn't had a problem with sand since. I am getting her a supplement for digestion tonight. Does anyone suggest me to stop feeding grain and put her on a mixture of other stuff? If so, what?
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    07-16-2010, 01:34 PM
Green Broke
I already gave you my suggestion. It works very well for hard to put weight on horses. TBs and similar "hot" horses just don't do well on high starch diets in most cases.
    07-16-2010, 01:46 PM
Good vitamin/mineral supplement or ration balancer
Alfalfa pellets
Rice bran and
A bit of beet pulp

I would use all three in her case to keep it interesting ...

Free choice GRASS hay is always a must IMO
    07-16-2010, 04:29 PM
Thanks! What about soaking alfalfa cubes in with the beat pulp as well?
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    07-16-2010, 05:05 PM
Green Broke
Alfalfa cube work well if you prefer them over pellets. They don't need to soak very long usually.
    07-16-2010, 07:51 PM
I suggest, before you start buying all this other feed and grains, get her inside's checked first, or start repairing the inner, before you can do the rest.

When I contacted SmartPak and spoke with the consultant, I was going to go with a "Fat Suppliment" like SmartGain and others, but the consultant said don't do it - get the digestive tract going in the right direction first, then move forward from there.

Just like hooves - you can put all the topicals you want on the hooves, but that isn't going to repair the growth or change the angles, nor make them can shove all the food you want into her mouth, but her body isn't going to process it correctly, nor utalize it efficiantly to help her gain weight and get back to her healthy have to fix the inside first, before you can get anything else.

Start with the right puzzle piece, to connect the others around it.

Contact SmartPak and talk to them about their digestive aids. Like SmartDigest Ultra, and SmartGut Pellets.

I really like Purina Products. I personally like the complete feeds, where you can get it all in 1 package, without buying this and buying that and mixing this with that and dealing with all that time consuming nonsence.

I like my Purina Senior. I really like it. I also like Purina Ultium, and I also like their new product Purina Strategy Healthy Edge.

Ultium and the Purina Strategy Healthy Edge are Beat Pulp Based, so you're already getting the beatpulp there, plus many other positives. Both my Veterinarians highly recommend the Purina line, and of course they recommended these to me already knowing about my TB gelding and his health issues and his needs.
    07-16-2010, 08:05 PM
I went to the feed store to buy some bran. I got it home, ripped open the bag, poured it into the trash can, then noticed it was wheat bran. I didn't even know there were more types of bran. Is wheat bran okay? How much do I feed her if so? She's about 870 lbs.
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    07-16-2010, 08:32 PM
MIEventer hit the nail on the head.

How thin was she when you got her?

Do you have pictures before/after?

Have you weight taped her?

Some times emaciated horses never recover fully because their guts are so messed up from eating whatever they can to fill their belly. We had one rescue that I had to have put down because she colicked- before I took her she had eaten every bit of stuff she could find- on necropsy she had in her belly over 15 pounds of bailing twine, and big chunks of wood she ate off the barn. She colicked when she ate hay and it bound up.

That's in the extreme, but its very possible she is messed up inside.
    07-17-2010, 10:19 AM
Green Broke
Wheat bran is not okay. It won't do much for weight gain etc.
    07-17-2010, 10:24 AM
Is it going to hurt her? Could I mix it with the other stuff just as a mash?
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