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post #11 of 23 Old 08-15-2011, 09:48 PM
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I like Farnam Weight builder. It's 14% protein, 40% fat and has amino acids, minerals, biotin, etc. It's reasonably priced and gets good results with most horses.
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post #12 of 23 Old 08-16-2011, 12:32 PM
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Lovely to see more Okies in this forum! I don't know where you are in Oklahoma, but you can get beet pulp in either shredded or pelleted forms at Tractor Supply - it's about $12 for a 40# bag. I use it along with alfalfa pellets and Omega Horseshine for my horses. I have a mare that is stubborn about gaining weight and I've just about decided that if she's not going to cooperate on that diet, I'll add Purina Amplify to her diet (vet's suggestion.)

In this horrific heat we've had this summer, all of our horses have lost weight. Hopefully they will gain it back now that the heat is starting to moderate a bit - 104 is a darn sight better than 114!

We used to feed our horses sweet feed - it made them so hyper that they actually lost weight, instead of gaining it like we wanted them to. Switched to a virtually grainless diet, and the weight is much better - and so is their attitude.

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leapoffaithfarm: How much weight did your horse lose to the heat? How long did it take him to gain back the weight?

mramsey: Do the hay cubes help? I was thinking about starting him on that or alf cubes. My gelding is kind of like your horse. Takes him a bit to get it all finished. He is in his own run so there's no bullying or competition that he has to worry about. Would help to understand if I said he's a running bred QH that probably came straight from the track. Bought him from an !!HONEST!! horse trader. Hahaha. Dirty word, sorry.

farmpony84: Im feeding him two large flakes of quality grass hay, 2x scoops of purina omelene 200(I think, its the red bag) and 2 scoops of rolled oats. This is what he's eating now and he's skinny. I've had him for about a year come this winter. Ive had everything checked out and up-to-date on him in this time. I just don't know what it is.


dee: Do the alfalfa pellets have a high weight gain/stability outcome for you? I'm looking for just about anything that'll help him, aside from sugar packed sweetfeeds. What does the Purina Amplify consist of? Is it or does it have grain in it or is it the pellet type of food with all of the good nutrients and vitamins in it? I really want to help my gray boy out.

On another not, I'm probably going to take all my horses off of grain. Gradually of course. I've got a High Brow Hickory/Dash for Cash bred 4yr old filly who is absolutely NUTS! She is the spookiest, most reactive horse you'll ever meet. She wasn't frightened so badly the other day by a coloring book flapping in the wind, she wouldn't eat in her little shed for a day or so. The book wasnt left intentionally. My sister left it there. I'm sure knowing how a horse is, it'd would have colored the pictures itself. lol. She did have a rough start though and wasn't *handled* until late into her two year old year. She does kind of calm down when she's been on a round bale for a few weeks. My gray gelding is the same way. He's not cow/speed bred though. He's run, run, RUN all the way. He's the tall, leggy, appendix type. Other than the additudes of your horses, what are the other positive effects of no grain? Is it easier financially?

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dee: Do the alfalfa pellets have a high weight gain/stability outcome for you? I'm looking for just about anything that'll help him, aside from sugar packed sweetfeeds. What does the Purina Amplify consist of? Is it or does it have grain in it or is it the pellet type of food with all of the good nutrients and vitamins in it? I really want to help my gray boy out.
My horses do great on the alfalfa pellets - they aren't worked very hard, though. On the days that they do get worked, I cheat a bit and throw in a quart of plain crimped oats. They think they are getting a treat!

We have a couple of high strung horses that will actually lose weight on grain - it just makes them more hyper, and I guess they just "worry" the weight off! We have one really nasty spooky mare that we don't dare even give alfalfa to. She's stuck with timothy hay pellets, because even the alfalfa is too hot for her!

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You might try Fat Cat. It's made by Vapco. It has 24% protein and lots of omega 3 & 6. My old man gets a little lean through the winter (he is 29) and this is the one product I've found that keeps him looking great.

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ANY horse can benefit from a probiotic, but for underweight or senior horses, it is a MUST!!!!!!

We used Cool Calories and a probiotic and it fattened our OTTB up so much people thought he was an Appendix QH.

Tried Platform Weight and Farnham Weight Builder...they did nothing for our boy.
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post #17 of 23 Old 08-17-2011, 02:44 PM
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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.
That is what our vets are saying. Heat, rain and bugs. The horses simply don't 'feel' like eating.

I love summer but fall is rather enticing right now.
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Try SafeChoice, it has always worked amazing for any horse I have ever seen it fed to.

Also, I would not go the alfalfa cubes way, one they are not really all that high in fat and they will make a horse hot.

Another feed you may wanna check out is Empower, I would not recommend this feed to be fed to an already hot horse. It is kinda high though last time I fed it price per 50lb pag was $25, but it is a very high in fat good feed!

Also, I have used weight builder on my mare and I can never finish a bucket with her before she is OVER WEIGHT! haha

I also love beet bulp, but it is more of a filler then anything else, it is not all that high in fat.
Alot of people like rice bran, me I am not that big of a fan, I did try some rice bran pellets but my mare would not eat them.

Good luck, also once you change from feeding that crappy sweet feed you will probably see a huge change with in days in yours horses behavior and appearance.

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Another feed you may wanna check out it Empower
Alot of people like rice bran, me I am not that big of a fan, I did try some rice bran pellets but my mare would not eat them.

Psst - Empower is a rice bran pellet.

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I am sorry I meant the rice bran in powder form or whatever you wanna call that sand looking stuff! :) my correction.
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