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post #1 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Under Weight

Going to pick up a qhx mare that is somewhat under weight. Does anyone have some suggestions as a feed/supplement combo that will help this girl gain weight and maintain her for training?
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 12:18 PM
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I dunno exactly what supplements you can get, but when my mare lost a lot of weight earlier this year, I bought F-R-M's Endurance Gold feed and F-R-M's Cool Balance pelleted feed. It really helped my mare to gain her weight back (with the added help of the green grass). I don't use supplements... so I can't help you there.

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 01:28 PM
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Adequate forage and any number of supplemental feeds will work, it just depends on what feed manufacturer's products are available in your area. Choose a feed that is designed for performance and start out slowly with it (sudden diet changes can cause colic) and work up to the recommended amount on the bag.

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post #4 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 05:05 PM
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I would try puttin her on some beet pulp its a really good weight gainer :)

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post #5 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 05:05 PM
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I would try puttin her on some beet pulp its a really good weight gainer :)

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post #6 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 10:10 PM
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We had a rescue TB once and the vet told us to put her on beet pulp, 1 cup of oil(any kind, but corn oil gives energy too), and free choice hay, with turn out. It worked really well.

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post #7 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 10:29 PM
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We kind of have the same problem, except for that i am trying to get some weight off my horse, not gaining it. lol ,, Good Luck, lots of ppl have great ideas .. xxx <3
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 10:48 PM
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Brewers Yeast.

The horses love it and they gain chub off it in a slightly healthier way. Not only that, it doesn't make them run hot.
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post #9 of 16 Old 05-03-2008, 11:13 PM
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Fattening up a horse should not have to cost a fortune and should not happen extremely fast. Blu was neglected and abused so I have gone through the weight issues before.

Corn Oil is normally cheap and easy to feed. If you are graining already, just put in about 1/4 cup into the grain.

Beet Pulp works wonders too and its not all expensive. It comes in pellet and shaving form. All you have to do is soak it in warm water overnight and feed it in the morning. You can also mix this with grain.

Good old hay does just as good but it may take a little longer. I normally grain Blu over the winter. But this year I didn't much. All he got was his alfalfa/grass hay and he maintained healthy weight.

Sometimes food and rest is all a horse needs. Good Luck! I hope this helped!

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post #10 of 16 Old 05-04-2008, 10:17 AM
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My MFT was underweight when I got him. Be sure to ask for a few days worth of grain your horse is currently getting to mix with the feed you will give. This will help reduce the risk of colic.

If your pastures are in nicely, turn him out for the day, offer a good quality hay with some grain and for a supplement, I used DAC-Bloom. Not only did it help put weight on my gelding, his coat is super shiny and it does not make them hot. Your hay and pasture are the most important parts.

Good luck and enjoy!

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