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post #1 of 6 Old 12-24-2010, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Switching from brome to grass hay?

I just went to visit my friends horse today, and noticed he has lost tons of weight. Mostly his top line and his neck is super thin! Like i don't know how it holds his big head up! My first thought was worms, she just had a fecal done and wormed him last month, but we rechecked anyway and still neg(yes i know that doesn't always mean he is neg.) I asked her what kind of hay he was eating and she said it was grass hay. Could that be what has caused the weight loss? I told her he is actually getting worked a lot more than he used too, and with the switch in hay he may need to eat more than what he used too. Oh this horse was border line metabolic last year and was so fat he looked like he was going to pop.

So next question he is now off clover filled pasture, and is in a stall with 2 flakes hay twice a day with turn out and they get a round bale to eat while in turn out. She feeds him safe choice and i think he only gets a small amount. No we haven't weighed the hay since i just noticed this problem and the barn won't feed more than 2 flakes twice daily. The other horses only get 1 flake twice daily and are super fat. What would be something else she can add since he was at one point almost foundering. His crest in his neck in gone. I thought rice bran would be ok, it's putting weight on my guy great, but he doesn't have metabolic issues. I read that beet pulp is ok, but wanted to check and make sure.
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oh yeah i'm posting this because she weird and makes me do everything. i had to talk to the vet office today and tell them why we were bringing the fecal in and what was going on, so she knows i'm trying to figure out what to feed him.
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switching from brome to grass hay tells us nothing! pulling off clover pasture to 2 flakes of hay per day and a questionable rd bale is a drastic diet change!

You have to remember, you can literally starve a horse to death with hay in front of him if the quality is too poor. In cattle, it takes 6% protein hay to maintain an idle animal through the winter. If you are feeding a 4% hay, the animal will loose weight eating all the hay they can eat!

Quality and quantity are everything - and unless you know what quality and quantity you are feeding, you cannot make feeding recommendations according.
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oh just for the record we didn't just take him off the brome he has been down there for 5 months and when she first moved him she took brome and gradually switched him to the grass hay!!!! the vet down there was pretty much useless so we talked to his vet up here!!!!
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