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        07-16-2013, 07:23 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Im not super experienced but I do know things about them, and I don't know if he's just skinny because the people before me wernt feeding him right I only had him for about 1 week now
         
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        07-16-2013, 07:24 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    I agree with mudpie, a call to the vet is a MUST!! Even if it is FL grass, its still grass. I've never heard of FL grass being poor nutritionally, especially how green itllooks in your pictures. There is definitely something else going on there.
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        07-16-2013, 07:27 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    You can get a small salt/mineral block at tractor supply. They are pretty cheap. I want to say less than $5 for one that should last you till the 1st.

    Don't quote me on the price, I just know they're cheap
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        07-16-2013, 07:32 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I heard everyone say fl grass isnt nutritional due to the fact alot of it is sand, but I don't know how they where feeding him before I got him I only had him for a week it looks like he picked up some weight since I got him I don't know if that's possible since I only had him for a short period of time
         
        07-16-2013, 07:37 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I should be able to give you some good advice because I have a gelding who is 14 too. My gelding was very skinny when I first got him, so I started him on what you call step 8 horse feed. That feed is for skinny horses strictly to gain weight. It should probably take your horse about a month to gain weight. All you have to do is mix it in with your grain etc. another good fatner for skinny horses is to mix half a cup of corn oil in with your grain. And I say corn oil because that is very fattening. I hope this helps.
         
        07-16-2013, 07:39 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gabby0426    
    does he look really skinny to you or is there something else your seeing??
    He looks very underweight, and at 14 years old, there is no reason that he should be in this condition. Talk to your vet and see if you can work out a payment plan so that your horse can receive the care he needs now versus later. :)

    Until the vet can see him, I would recommend providing him with free choice hay at all times, in addition to two feedings of senior feed and beet pulp. According to the label, a maintenance feeding of Nutrena Life Design Senior Horse Feed, in addition to pasture and hay, for a 1000 lb horse (what I estimate his weight to be from these pictures) is 5-7.5 lbs. For him, I would go with 10 lbs daily (5 pounds per feeding, assuming you're giving him 2 meals per day) in addition to 2 pounds of soaked beet pulp a day.

    Once he's seen a vet, make sure to ask the vet about his diet, and adjust it according to what the veterinarian says! :)

    Here's a sample feed chart:

    Supplying free choice grass hay at all times

    A.M.
    5 pounds Nutrena Life Design Senior
    1 pound shredded beet pulp, soaked

    P.M.
    5 pounds Nutrena Life Design Senior
    1 pound shredded beet pulp, soaked

    Salt source: Pressed block salt [example]
         
        07-16-2013, 07:40 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Thank you so much where can I get that step 8 horse feed
         
        07-16-2013, 07:43 PM
      #28
    Foal
    Yes I feed him 2 times a day and I have hay out there but he dosnt touch it and its been raining everyday towards 3pm and then it gets soaked and I don't have a barn to put him in to make him eat the hay
         
        07-16-2013, 07:43 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gabby0426    
    i heard everyone say fl grass isnt nutritional due to the fact alot of it is sand, but I don't know how they where feeding him before I got him I only had him for a week it looks like he picked up some weight since I got him I don't know if that's possible since I only had him for a short period of time
    If there's sand involved, you're going to want to supplement him with SandClear or another psyllium supplement once a month as directed by the product, to prevent impaction or sand colic.
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        07-16-2013, 07:59 PM
      #30
    Showing
    If green grass is available my horses won't touch hay. While the bugs are bad and they chose to stay inside, only then will they eat hay when hungry. If you can, confine him off the grass during the morning and early afternoon when the grasses are highest in sugars. You don't want him to founder. He'll eat hey then. Senior feed contains beet pulp. Getting weight on a horse needs to be a slow process as his system has a lot of adjusting to do.
         

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