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post #1 of 31 Old 02-07-2012, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Underweight colt

Okay, I had another thread about him not having one of his testicles dropped yet. I was thinking it was due to him not having the proper health care before I got him. Pictures were requested, so I took a bunch today. He looks better than the day I got him, but I still think he is underweight. He gets a generous flake of alfalfa hay 3 times a day along with a pound of Equine junior mixed with some loose minerals. I am not sure howmuch Equine Junior to give him, I read the bag and it only gave measurements for horses who are not getting hay. He gets that one time a day. And he is going to be 2 in may, he is about 13.2 hands at the moment, should only get to 14.3 tops, he is reining bred and his parents are pretty short. I have also been conditioning his mane and tail. And the farrier is coming on friday, vet soon after, he needs his wolf teeth out. Other than that he is current on shots and worming. Any opinions greatly appreciated.







His mammoth hair doesn't really help, but here he is
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post #2 of 31 Old 02-08-2012, 01:25 AM
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I would use some Omelene 200 on him instead of the junior ...you'll get quicker results for less.. Keep feeding him the Alfalfa with it.. Its what we use on skinny yearlings..I love the Amplify granual even for my 35 year old arab..Works great on all the Purina feeds that blend it. Puts weight on fast and good muscle also.. I like it better than Senior feeds..or the junior feeds.

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I don't know...my horse was on the Omolene 100, and it made him sluggish, and not as healthy looking as he is on the Junior.....switched him to the Junior about 2 months or so ago, and the difference is like night and day. He's not sluggish, was over reactive at first, but has adjusted well to it since then, and he looks healthy for an awkward soon to be 2 yr old Paint/Tb.

But like I said, that's what worked on my horse, all horses are different Find what works for you and go with it!
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I am liking how he is responding to the junior, his coat looks better and he is starting to fill out, and he isn't as sluggish now. Still a little lazy but I think that is just him, he has no problem running and bucking in the pasture, lol
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I am liking how he is responding to the junior, his coat looks better and he is starting to fill out, and he isn't as sluggish now. Still a little lazy but I think that is just him, he has no problem running and bucking in the pasture, lol
He sounds a lot like my coming 2 yr old Paint/TB then. Mine was a little bit too much of a dead head before I switched him, switched him, and he was extremely hyper for a few weeks, but after being on it for 2months now, he has calmed down from what he was like when he first started on it...but he still has plenty of get up and go when he needs it out playing, or doing whatever....but yeah, my little guy is a little lazy as well! Not that Im complaining of course
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I don't mind it either, lol slow is good
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Maybe I need to switch my 19 month old to some "slow" feed.

Actually, he's been a bit better lately. But some days he's just a dynamo!
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post #8 of 31 Old 02-08-2012, 11:31 PM
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OP, did you say he was getting hay only once a day, or grain?

It would benefit your horse if you could at least do 2 or 3 times a day.

He does need weight but he also needs muscle, with both he will turn out much healthier.

Have you had a chance to have a vet look at him to make sure everything is kosher? (teeth, worms at bay, bloodwork, etc.)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #9 of 31 Old 02-08-2012, 11:33 PM
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Well it depends on how you feed it.. This is my stud colt at one year
I like my babys thinner than my girlfriend who feeds more..
HIs half brother as a yearling

His half sister at 6 months

They all had the same sire. My colt is a paint and the other two are Quarters.
My arab mare that will turn 36 this year.


I like the results..but to each their own..Didn't mean to hyjack your thread, but wanted to show you my results.

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Well it depends on how you feed it.. This is my stud colt at one year
I like my babys thinner than my girlfriend who feeds more..
HIs half brother as a yearling

His half sister at 6 months

They all had the same sire. My colt is a paint and the other two are Quarters.
My arab mare that will turn 36 this year.


I like the results..but to each their own..Didn't mean to hyjack your thread, but wanted to show you my results.

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Didnt mean to come off as rude or anything....I think your horses look great, and that's great that the Omolene worked for you and your horses. But in my horses case, something was missing, and once I switched his feed, it was obvious that it had something to do with his feed.

If the Omolene had worked for him, I never would have switched, don't get me wrong though, here shortly I have every intention of switching back :)
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