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    07-17-2010, 12:42 PM
Sure, you can make it a mash.

Be very careful with going out and buying all this new feed to help your mare gain weight. The more you piss around with her eating routine and what it is that she is eating, you are going to disrupt her digestive system and could make things worse.

I suggest you sit down and have a good long converstation with your veterinarian about what your mare should be eating and not be eating. They know your horse better than any of us on this forum do.

Go with 1 thing, and stick with it. Don't add this, and take away that and then take away what you just added and then add another - find a feed that will give your mare all the best it can give, and then leave it at that.

That's why I like Complete Feeds.

I love Purina Senior:

Purina Horse Feeds - EQUINE FAMILY

And I also love what Purina Strategy, Healthy Edge has to offer as well:

Purina Horse Feeds - STRATEGY

There are quite a few TB's at the barn I board at and many of them started out ribby and gaunt. Their owners switched from the garbage they were feeding to Senior, and their horses are at beautiful weights - of course they added Pro-Biodics and Pre-Biodics into their daily feed regime, plus upping their hay intake and pasture intake.

I can't stress enough, to just go with 1 feed regime, and stick with it. Don't mess around with it too much, TB' systems are finicky with metabolisim systems that burn off far more than other breeds, due to they are created - mentally and physically.

Start off with fixing the digestive system, then start introducing a new feed slowly, while upping the hay intake.

Talk to your vet :) I know it is hard to get weight on a TB. Been there, done that, deal with it daily. I know you want to go out and buy all this new stuff to get the weight on - I wanted to rush out to the feed store as well to buy anything suggested to me...but it is a waste of money and effort if your horses system wont process it or digest it properly. I can't stress that enough.
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    07-17-2010, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Chess46    
Hi everyone,

I got a rescue back in february of this year and have been trying my butt off every since then to get her to gain weight. She has put on some but it is only under her belly. Her back and ribs still show horribly. Her teeth are fine and she gets wormed every month (vet says to) with a different wormer each time. She gets fed Manna Pro Sweet 10 - high fat formula, about 2-2/12 scoops of soaked beat pulp as well as some corn oil at feeding time. I was told that corn oil would help with weight gain. She also has a round bale of grass hay available to her all day long. What can I do to get her to gain some weight? I have another horse with her, he gets fed the same as her and he is fat. Could I try a weight gain supplement?

Also, is it possible that she is pregnant? The place I got her from had many, many horses. I'm not sure if any were stallions but, she hasn't gone into heat in the 6 months that I've had her and she has only put on weight in the belly area. I have had horses for many years but never any pregnant mares so I don't know what to look for. I have also never had any skinny horses so I have no idea what to do with her.

Any advice will help.

Thanks :)
Hello :

I am new in this forum I still do not know how to use it.
I also got a rescue horse last April an he is still very thin,,His problem was pyropasmosis. Maybe you could tell your vet to take a blood sample and check for this disease. Mine got treatment for this parasite in the blood and is gaining weight very slowly because he is about 18 years old...but he is already happy and I can ride him. Good luck ! Karen
    07-17-2010, 07:41 PM
Originally Posted by Chess46    
Does anyone suggest me to stop feeding grain and put her on a mixture of other stuff? If so, what?
Yes. I suggest this. Did I not say that already? As for what, I agree that luvs2ride has made some good suggestions. Copra meal & soy meal are a few other possibilities among many.

But I suggest you get onto an equine nutritionist(pref independent of feed co's) and also learn about good feeding practices & healthy diet, learn about what exactly the problems with grain & other starchy/sugary feeds are(did I say that already? - slap me if I didn't), rather than just take our words for anything - as you have no doubt seen, there are a range of different opinions & practices that are circulated here, so it's a good idea to find out whether the advice is based on good, bad or otherwise knowledge first.
    07-17-2010, 07:59 PM
Originally Posted by Chess46    
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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NO! Definitely NOT OK!
    07-22-2010, 11:20 AM
My suggestion for everyone: check out this website. It's pretty neat and very informative (at least for me).

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    07-22-2010, 09:57 PM
Originally Posted by Eolith    
My suggestion for everyone: check out this website. It's pretty neat and very informative (at least for me).

Horse Nutrition Explained
Only had a quick look at it so far, but looks like a definite keeper! Thanks!
    07-22-2010, 10:31 PM
HEHE the bay in the upper left is my mare Sassy

Babbers is my mare as well

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