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post #1 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thin horse one feeding per day

I am boarding my horse at this place that will only do one feeding of oats a day.They get hay and grass when there is grass)all day but my horse has a high motabolisim and is looking a bit thin.I plan on moving him in a few months to another place(im paid up till then) but is there any supplemts I can get to feed (once per day) that will help him get some meat on his bones.Ive had a thread going on in the gaited forum but just wanted to get a general horseman's take on the subject.
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post #2 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 08:50 AM
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Hmmm, that's really not ideal to try and put some weight on him. What kind of hay is he getting?
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 08:50 AM
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Instead of feeding supplements, why not provide an extra feeding yourself of beet pulp?

Since they're only feeding him once a day and he obviously needs more than just one feeding of oats and then grass/hay the rest of the day, you providing him a dinner of beet pulp should help him maintain his weight.

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post #4 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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He is only getting dinner of oats. The morning ferrules is what she won't do and won't allow me to cone out to do it cause I would have to be out there at 530 am an it would wake up all her dogs and wake her up. I'm a little upset with the whole thing but I hate to move him now and lose almost $1000 in boarding. He is eating coastal hay
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post #5 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 11:59 AM
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Supplements aren't what he needs, another meal is. Truthfully, a morning meal is better then an evening one in any case.

That's a bad situation but maybe if you could pay someone to come out there for you sometime in the morning that would be better for everyone.

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post #6 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 07:07 PM
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When you say they only feed once a day...does that mean they are putting enough out for your horse to eat all day and night when he wants too? I mean really if she's not letting you feed twice a day I would take him out and tell her you want your money back since she's not properly taking care of your horse which you seem to have proof of since he's so thin...how old is your horse by the way...Horses digestion doesn't stop just because they have no food the poor guy might have ulcers too if he's not eating enough... does he eat by him self because I have seen horses get bullied away from their food and the bully gets theirs plus the extra feed of the other horse...really is wrong to not let you care for your own horse because she wants to sleep in....
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post #7 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 07:17 PM
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Ideally the horse needs more grass and hay, horses do best on large quantities of crappy food, that's how they evolved, "horse feed " is to compensate for extra work we make them do that takes em away from grazing time and burns more than natural amount of calories. Your "when there is grass" comment leads me to believe the problem is probably too many horses on too little grass.
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post #8 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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No. My comment of when there is grass means the grass has been dead for months now. North texas has been in one if the worst droughts in years. There is nothing green anywhere here. We have hay out 24 7 for him and the one other horse out there. It's two horses in a three acres. We've never had a problem before but I have only had this horse since April so he is new to me and we did have good weight on him before the drought. I don't know if he is just sick of hay or if the other horse is bullying him. I'm not out there during the day cause I work. When we feed oats we separate them because the other horse does try to over take him. He is 6 years old.
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post #9 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 08:33 PM
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Is the other horse thin as well?

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post #10 of 21 Old 09-02-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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No not at all. If anything he is over weight.
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