Ways to Cover Up His Ribs?

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    08-26-2009, 10:20 PM
Smile Ways to Cover Up His Ribs?

So, I've had my TB gelding for exactly a month and ten days now. When I got him, he was a bit underweight. But, he has gained weight since I brought him home - at least 5-10 pounds. But, the problem is, he's getting fatter, as in, it's giving him a gut instead of covering up his ribs and giving him the athletic look I want. Can anyone tell me how to bring the weight up over his ribs, so that eventually they won't be visible? He's also got some filling out to do along his hip bones, withers, and back.
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    08-26-2009, 11:07 PM
TB's are always going to be a little ribby. That's just the way they are built. My guess on his gut would be he needs some exercise, but enough nutrition that he can build some muscle. A picture would be nice to know if he actually needs more weight or not.
    08-26-2009, 11:12 PM
Muscle. Once he has enough weight, you can start lunging him to help him turn the nutrition into muuscle, which will help him fill out and look athletic
    08-26-2009, 11:12 PM
Yeah, exercise him some to keep building muscle and make sure that he is on a balanced diet. More protein than fat, no sugers, etc.
    08-26-2009, 11:19 PM
Have you wormed him since you got him? It's usually worms that cause ribby horses to have a big belly.
    08-26-2009, 11:20 PM
Thanks guys :)

I do ride him at least five out of seven days a week, for at least an hour each ride. I do a lot of trotting with him, but I'm going to wait to start cantering him a bit more than I do until he is re-shod, which will be tomorrow. When I get some jumps set up, I will be jumping him every other day or so.

Right now, I have him eating 2 quarts of Dumor Performance Feed 14% in the morning, with 3 flakes of grass hay. He gets the same exact amount of feed and hay at night as well. The only difference in the feedings, is that in the morning, I put a very little bit of jello (in powdered form like it is before its made) in his grain, as my farrier said it would help him grow some side wall in his feet because it has gelatin in it. At night he is getting Dumor Weight Booster mixed with his grain.

I'm going to call his previous owner tomorrow sometime to ask when he was last wormed. We plan on worming our horses soon, but I want to make sure he hasn't already been wormed recently before I worm him. He did have his coggins back up to date on June 28. He also had a vet check that same day (of course, lol.). So, I think he may have already been wormed last time he went to the vet for an annual check up.
    08-27-2009, 09:18 AM
You might want to use unflavored gelatin rather than the Jello - Jello is mostly sugar.
    08-28-2009, 10:37 PM
Really? I'll see if I can find some. Thanks, Dee :)

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