Tips for getting weight on before summer hits? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Southern Colorado
Posts: 92
• Horses: 2
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.

" Life is a rodeo, take it as you get it "
Southern Colorado Natural Horsemanship

APHAforlife is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 01:20 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ohio
Posts: 11
• Horses: 0
I swear by purina amplify. My 15 tb was very underweight and I tried everything to get him to a healthy weight. It took a couple of weeks on it, but once he had been on the amplify for a month I noticed a huge difference in his weight and also his coat. It is a nugget-like supplement that you add to their feed. It also took him a couple of weeks before he would consistently eat it all and not pick out his grain but now he gobbles it all up :) hope it works for you!
Posted via Mobile Device
Emerson is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 01:31 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
Posts: 676
• Horses: 1
Corn oil is high in Omega 6 and low in Omega 3, which can cause an imbalance and make the horse more susceptible to inflammation. With that said, I do use it with one of my hard keepers, I cannot afford to buy flax oil instead (not all horse owners are rich! lol) so I use the corn oil, and also add Cool Calories to the mix. The horse I'm using this on is a VERY hard keeper, and is definitely picking up weight. Once we're at weight, I'll eliminate the corn oil first.
Kathy
calicokatt is offline  
post #4 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 02:03 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Mid Michigan
Posts: 864
• Horses: 0
I use to give Calf Manna to my mares to keep the milk butter fat high.

It is also a great way to put weight on them.
Ripper is offline  
post #5 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 02:11 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 6,772
• Horses: 2
The best thing for a horse that needs to gain weight coming out of winter is the new spring grass. If you have a good pasture, they should gain in no time. Once the grass starts growing, within 2 to 3 weeks, my horses are at the perfect weight, after that they just get fat. Lol.
Posted via Mobile Device
CLaPorte432 is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 02:24 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 179
• Horses: 0
I use beet pulp and it works wonders. 2 to 3 pounds of soaked beat pulp a day. Sometimes you have to start with mixing it with grain. It doesn't give them much energy like most grain does but it puts on weight quick.

As for the colic I would recommend that you should start your horses on sand clear or metamucil. If you feed the metamucil then you would want to do 2 tablespoons a day for a week and then the rest of the month give it to them 2 to 3 times through out the week.
JSMidnight is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 02:31 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Mid Michigan
Posts: 864
• Horses: 0
I would also deworm the horse.

Many times weight loss and colic are from worms.
Ripper is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Southern Colorado
Posts: 92
• Horses: 2
I don't have access to pasture, our hay currently sucks, they are all utd on wormer and vaccines, and I think I might try beat pulp and corn oil. Thanks :)

" Life is a rodeo, take it as you get it "
Southern Colorado Natural Horsemanship

APHAforlife is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Posts: 3,440
• Horses: 8
I agree with JSMidnight. Start them on beet pulp. It is a forage like hay but is more nutritious. It won't cause colic either. Just make sure to soak it, which helps if a horse is dehydrated.

Do not give a horse corn in any large quantity. It will ferment while they digest it and can cause them to get drunk. If you do give a small amount in a mixed feed, make sure it is cracked corn so it is easier to digest.
Posted via Mobile Device
usandpets is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 09:27 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Posts: 8,318
• Horses: 0
Someone ^ already mentioned calf manna....great stuff for weight gain - it is pricey but it doesn't take much per feeding! I have never seen purina senior fail to boost weight on any horse of any age. But, I noticed you said you feed senior. Maybe feed more of it?
Corn has been fed to horses for generations w/o all of the proclaimed side effects....the poison is in the dose and a large dose for a given horse can be fatal. So, don't feed them a large amount - go in moderation. COB is cheap, packed w calories, and I have never had any trouble with feeding it, and it obviousely contains corn. Corn will add chub in combo w the other stuff. The only thing I worry about w corn is where it is stored - I ensure it is stored where there is zero possibility that my horses could get to it if they got out.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
Missy May is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tips for gaining weight on your horse caseymyhorserocks Horse Nutrition 8 12-13-2011 10:20 PM
Weight Loss with Exercise Tips ohmyitschelle Horse Training 2 01-06-2011 04:29 AM
Summer hits? TaMMa89 Movies, Music, and TV 5 07-21-2009 01:16 PM
Summer Weight Loss Plan UsaHrsRidr2000 General Off Topic Discussion 5 06-22-2007 12:45 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome