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    07-31-2008, 03:29 PM
skinny horse

I have an impressive horse that was sorta a rescue case and he really isn't gaining any weight we just had his teeth done. If anyone has any suggestions on helping him gain more wight ur advice would be appercated
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    07-31-2008, 03:34 PM
Pasture or stall?

If stall, I'd defiantley say put him out in a pasture where there is grass (if any)
Give him unlimited hay. And make him a mash of beet pulp and rice bran. Soak it and then feed it to him. That did wonders with my boy who became thin because he wasn't eating enough
    07-31-2008, 05:46 PM
I had him on pasture biut it is geeting real slim on pickings so I brong him up and am giving him unlimeted hay and he still hasn't gained a lot of weight. I feed him pellets every night
    07-31-2008, 05:49 PM
Is he wormed?
    07-31-2008, 05:57 PM
Yes we have been worming him very reguraly
    07-31-2008, 06:10 PM
Anything with a high oil content then :)
    07-31-2008, 06:22 PM
I totally and live by soaked beet pulp and corn oil and try feeding him 3 times a day 2qts of a 3qt scoop. That should start putting some weight on him in about a week.

I feed 12% pellet and it fattened my tb up quick.
    07-31-2008, 08:09 PM
Green Broke
What type of pellets - a grain pellet or hay pellet or beet pulp pellet?

How old is he? If he is older he may need a senior feed. Otherwise I like safechoice.

Beet pulp can also be used, veggie oil (work up to 1 cup a day), weight gain supplement that they sell that sprinkles on food, or even mix in some alfalfa hay if the current hay is a type of grass hay.

Medically I would have the vet look into ulcers. Stomach ulcers are usually a very common, but often overlooked, reason for lack of weight gain.
    08-01-2008, 12:53 PM
I feed a grain pellet called Select, it is just like Triumph and Safechoice just cheaper.
    08-01-2008, 01:02 PM
I would contact a vet and see what they say. Do you know if the horse is hypp positive?
I would be very careful about what food you give him. Avoid beetpulp with molasses as it could trigger an attack.
Make sure he is getting less than 1% of potassium daily.
^ that's a really great site for managing an hypp horse.

Like I said, I would contact a vet or someone with knowledge of hypp that can help you find a diet that will help him gain weight.

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