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post #1 of 24 Old 12-21-2009, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Weight?

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Hows his weight look? His a TB, off the track and was just in a paddock several months before I got him. So he was rather skinny as the paddock lacked grass. But what do you think of his weight. His 16.3 and sits on a weight of around 500 - 510 kg.



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post #2 of 24 Old 12-21-2009, 06:19 AM
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Definitely needs weight, but what makes him look worse is his total lack of topline.

Probably needs around 50-70 pounds to look nice.

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post #3 of 24 Old 12-21-2009, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Definitely needs weight, but what makes him look worse is his total lack of topline.

Probably needs around 50-70 pounds to look nice.
Lack of top line, we're working on it. His back on his full diet now, although hay quality is no longer A (Neither me, nor my parents are happy about this. But there is no A/Prime hay in the whole of QLD at the moment). His being rugged again and we're planning on (hopefully) getting him round a round bale and he'll go back on corn bran.

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post #4 of 24 Old 12-21-2009, 07:26 AM
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No worries on the A-quality hay. I've got a hard keeper and I do with a pretty crap-quality hay. Safe, but not nutritious. ;)

Do you guys have beat pulp? It's almost all fiber and is great for putting on weight. I would also suspect ulcers if he doesn't put on weight-track horses are notorious for them.

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post #5 of 24 Old 12-21-2009, 10:08 AM
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I definitely agree that he needs 50-70 lbs. and muscle. But you know that

I have an extremely hard keeper as well. She's hot by nature, but even when she's not competing, I keep her on competition horse formula feed because that's the only thing that keeps her weight on. She hasn't gotten hotter so I think it's working. Just shop around and see if you can get a competition formula. May help him.

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post #6 of 24 Old 12-21-2009, 01:53 PM
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I agree that I think he looks worse than he may actually be because he has no topline.

I would be careful about the corn. Corn can make horse's hot, and from what i have heard can be hard for them to digest fully. I was told to put my TB on corn and I noticed a huge change for the worse in his attitude. As soon as we took him off the corn he went back to normal after a week or so. Of course every horse is different, but that's just how my TB reacted to it.

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I agree about the corn. It's hard for horses to digest and it's not very nutritious. And also, make sure he's getting his feed every day. Back in the summer, you said he was only getting fed on the days that you ride. That may be contributing to his weight loss and could possibly lead to an ulcer

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I agree about the corn. It's hard for horses to digest and it's not very nutritious. And also, make sure he's getting his feed every day. Back in the summer, you said he was only getting fed on the days that you ride. That may be contributing to his weight loss and could possibly lead to an ulcer
His fed twice a day, he only gets grain on days he rides, other wise his just off his nut.

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feed him every day not just the ones you ride. he needs 50-75 lbs more to look better. hes cute though

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post #10 of 24 Old 12-21-2009, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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feed him every day not just the ones you ride. he needs 50-75 lbs more to look better. hes cute though
Read my post above ^^

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