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        01-20-2013, 11:56 AM
    Small, neglected horse*

    I got him in October of 2011. He had been tied out in a yard for ten months, so he's really small framed, because it was his 2-3 year old years when he was tied up. He looks way better now, he's fat, & has more muscle mass, but he still doesn't look perfect. He seems to be a fairly hard keeper also, because in the summer, he needs grass, & normally grain twice a day or he'll lose weight, whether I'm working him or not(also he's in the pasture all day unless a bad storm is coming during the summer, & he has access to about 40 or so acres of grass). Do any of ya'll have any feed recommendations to help with any of this? I've worked him up hill & that's helped with his muscle situation.
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        01-20-2013, 03:34 PM
    Green Broke
    Do you have pictures you can post? There could be any number of things going on such as parasites, poor teeth, etc., or he may have a body type and metabolism that leans towards a lighter weight.
        01-20-2013, 06:55 PM
    Green Broke
    Pictures would be great.

    What kind of feed is he on?
        01-21-2013, 10:38 AM
    Maybe ya'll can see them. Here's three pics. The first one should be directly after I got him.



        01-21-2013, 10:42 AM
    He is looking much better. But I think he needs to be dewormed, he's got quite a pot belly going on. Keep at it, he is getting there.
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        01-21-2013, 11:10 AM
    Yes looks so much better !! Way to go! What feed to do you have him on? Cocosoya oil works wonders to put weight on its helping my 16 yr old!
        01-21-2013, 01:05 PM
    Green Broke
    He looks like a pretty decent horse actually. If you have been worming him regularly and he is still having weight issues, get a fecal sample to the vet to see what they find. If that is all clear, you may need to have him checked for an ulcer, which could be part of his unthriftiness. Also have his teeth checked.

    Make sure he has lots of clean water available. I know this sounds like a no brainer.. but you can not imagine the number of thin horses I have seen over the years that simply do not drink enough water, especially in winter. When it is cold out, if you offer tepid water instead of cold water, most horses will drink more.
        01-21-2013, 05:39 PM
    I'm just now getting his de-worming down to a normal routine. During the spring & summer I feed him Producers Pride all grain feed since he has grass, & the winter he has grass, hay, & I feed all my horses DuMOR or Purina then.

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