Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Southern Colorado
Tips for getting weight on before summer hits?
Our horses seem to be nothing but hard keepers, and I would like to see a little weight put on before Summer hits and riding begins once again :) None of them are "underweight" per say, but they're built very lean and a little ribby which I don't like seeing and is a usual appearance once shedding season begins.
Out this way we have been having terrible hay shortages and crappy hay quality being brought in from different states, which has made this winter difficult keeping weight on when they were used to nice green and fresh 70/30 the past few years.
My mare experienced impaction colic a few years back from some stemy alfalfa and since I have been truly terrified to put her back on any kind of alfalfa as the vet said she is now susceptible to colic from the same thing again. I have been giving her Manzanola Cubes which I guess are just our local processed Alfalfa cubes, and she loves them but I cannot seem to figure out how much is the correct amount to feed being in such a different form, and I have not had to feed them before...Is it best to do so by weight? I have also been giving her Nutrena Senior Feed which she gobbles up as well as a small scoop of rice bran per serving of goodies. I would have thought after a certain period of time Id really start seeing a difference...is there something else I should be doing? She is not losing weight, she is utd on wormer and vaccines, her poo is fine and the vet gave her a clean bill of health with the advice to put weight on >.< Any suggestions?
We also have an Appy gelding who came from up in the mountains and was FAT and since he has lived down here on the plains he got some sand colic and we had the vet out and flushed him and gave him antibiotics etc and he made a wonderful full recovery, but it has been much harder to put weight on since. He is also getting Manzanola Cubes and Senior, he wont touch it if it has rice bran haha. He is doing better than the mare, but is not putting it on as quickly as id like either (its been about 1 month).
I have heard differing opinions on feeding horses corn? Ive been told good and bad things...does anyone have experience with this? What about wheat bran? As far as I have been told this is more for clearing the system, keeping it clean and helping to prevent sand colic, does it do anything for weight? And if you have any other tips/advice on good ways to fatten up your horses please do share :) As I said before, the horses have had vet checks and there is nothing wrong they are just a bit thin and need some weight so please no "why haven't you had the vet check them" comments, Id appreciate it :) Thanks and God Bless.
P.S. A side note, all our horses are fed a straight grass hay very generously twice daily on top of these extras, I didn't want anyone to think this was all they were getting haha.
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