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post #21 of 26 Old 11-12-2008, 01:06 PM
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This is kinda off topic, but horses should drink more in the winter due to the fact that they lose a lot of moisture from their body while breathing(hence the vapor coming from their nose when breathing). They may not drink enough because the cold water hurts teeth or is uncomfortable in some sort of way. Like was said before, providing either warm water or a heated bucket will greatly increase water intake.

Also, to add to my post about soaking alfalfa cubes, they also make alfalfa pellets. They are just like the pellets in feed, and I know my horses will eat them better before cubes.

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post #22 of 26 Old 11-12-2008, 01:57 PM
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but the pellets don't have as much fiber as cubes

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post #23 of 26 Old 11-12-2008, 02:32 PM
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Be careful how much grain you feed him at a time. Give 24/7 access to hay plus outdoor grazing time. A small paddock would be best for now. Give him a margerine cup size scoop of plain oats 3 times a day (morning afternoon and night). Other than that Id say follow what your vet has to say, ask if you can get in contact with a nutrionist who can give you an individualized plan for your horse. All our opinions and answers work but they may not work for your horsey :)

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post #24 of 26 Old 11-12-2008, 03:38 PM
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Hey i resuced a horse from a very bad state a while ago and i fed her sugar beet in with her normal feed... Its a great way of putting on weight and not hard for the horse to eat..
hope this helps, good luck

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post #25 of 26 Old 11-12-2008, 04:56 PM
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When i adopted my horse he was starved and emaciated.
We got him hay and grain twice a day...but most improtantly he was out in a grass field. . . where he could graze constantly. He had a good deal of grain and oils in his water on occasion to keep his digestive system working well.
He got much better and is so much happier now

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post #26 of 26 Old 11-12-2008, 05:01 PM
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OH also...there is a feed from Purina for horses that is mainly fat. I forget what its called, we gave it away with the tb when we sold him. Ill check into it unless someone else here knows?! It really helped him out. You give one scoop of it with every feeding.

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