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    08-14-2011, 11:19 PM
Weight builder

I have a 16hh+ quarter horse gelding who needs to gain about 200-300 puonds before winter. He's about 6 or 7 so it's not his age, snd I've had his teeth done recently. He's just skinny. He's been wormed, vaccinated, the works. I'm thinking about putting him on some kind of weight building supplement. What is the best brand of weight builder to use? Or is there another type of feed or supplement that I can use?
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    08-14-2011, 11:27 PM
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Try a complete feed. Triple crown senior did wonders for my ex reiner.. he's now 25, retired, and no longer gaining weight. The triple crown was fantastic for the first 2 years.
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    08-14-2011, 11:33 PM
I had my horse on weight builder for about a month. I just put him on beet pulp a few weeks ago. I saw little difference from the weight builder, and I even gave him the largest healthy amount. On beet pulp, he has already gained weight! He gets about 3lbs/day soaked.

What do you currently feed?
    08-14-2011, 11:41 PM
I'm using a 12% sweet feed, and plenty of grass hay. It's not a name brand feed. It's a feed made here in oklahoma. Where would I get beet pulp and how much is it?
    08-15-2011, 12:51 AM
You can get beet pulp at a local feed store. It's not too expensive, but I know prices went up where I live and I think we are paying $15 a bag. You can either get beet pulp shreds or pellets, they are the same thing. We've fed both but personally I find shreds easier because they soak in a lot less time.
    08-15-2011, 02:02 AM
Hey! I'm in OK too! Where are you? I'm in a tiny town 25 miles from Tulsa :)

I would recommend taking the horse off sweet feed. Its sort of like candy- tastes good, but not really a meal. You can find a ration balancer, which is sort of like a supplement to grass-fed horses. They're quite expensive though, so if that is not in your budget I reccomend a pelleted feed. ADM's Patriot is a good, cheap ($12ish a bag) complete feed, and it tends to keep weight on horses. I've also fed Safe Choice by Nutrena for a harder keeper, and Purina's Strategy.

You can buy beet pulp in either shreds or pellets. Technically, you don't have to soak it, but my horse eats it better that way. You can find it at Tractor supply and pretty much any feed store/mill.

ETA: I just paid $11 for shredded beet pulp (25lb bag, its just really light weight. Of course it weighs more when soaked) and I think pellets were about $14 for a 40lb bag.
    08-15-2011, 03:27 AM
What does his current diet consist of?? I have concern that a young horse needing to gain that kind of weight gain. Either his diet is not optimal or he has some underlying reason for his poor weight.You have addressed his teeth & worming but ulcers are another consideration.
you may be wanting to consult a vet re: His heath & feeding program

As far as beet pulp it is a inexpensive & good supplement feed for helping with weight.Once your horses get a taste for it most just love it.Good feed to mix with your grain & complete feed or supplements without really upsetting the balance of things,Alone it doesn't really meet alot of nutitional needs.
    08-15-2011, 01:18 PM
One of my horses that was always an easy keep started loosing weight this summer due to the fact that we have had some horrid heat. Everything is current (teeth, worming and no ulcers) I tried the weight builder supplement and was not that impressed with that but someone recommended Calf Manna and WOW the results are amazing. I only give him 2 cups of this stuff everyday in his feed and he has just about put back on the weight that the heat took off.
    08-15-2011, 01:33 PM
I have the same problem with my gelding. He is now six. He is a 3/4 QH, and 1/4 TB registered paint. He wont put on weight and always seems quite lean (can always see 2-3 ribs) I bet he would look amazing with a few extra hundren pounds. Teeth done, vet checked, UTD on all shots and worming-generally very healthy. But he doesnt seem to wnat to eat. IT takes him 10x longer to eat what everyone else does-he takes a bite, looks around, takes anouther, wanders around, takes another has a nap.. He is in a huge fied with lot of grass and gets hay cubes too-everyone else is FAT. Sorry to Hijack, I m curious to what the responses will be. HE had free choice hay and soaked beetpulp and alfalfa pellets with 1 cup of oil all winter, and was still lean.
    08-15-2011, 01:40 PM
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I am curious if you are not feeding him enough? Not every horse takes the same amount of hay and grain to maintain it's weight. It may need that he needs more. May I ask how much and how often he is getting fed at this moment?

I have used the weight gain product and had good results. I have also used a supplement called Athlete, I think it was a purina brand. It came in a 50 lb bag and you mixed it with the regular feed...

You can also use hay additives and other types of supplements and weight gain feeds, however if it's a simple matter of upping his feed intake, that would be the cheaper route...

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