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post #1 of 27 Old 01-25-2013, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Weight gaining supplement?

Do any of you use a weight gaining supplement for your horses? My horse is underweight and I'd like to see him fatten up quite a bit...what supplements do you use/recommend?

I have had teeth floated and he has been wormed, so neither of those are the issue for him being underweight. He just wasn't being fed enough at his previous home. He now has hay all day in his paddock and when he is stalled at night he is fed a scoop of grain and even more hay so he is being fed quite well now :) I'd just like to see him gain weight faster.
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-25-2013, 07:18 PM
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This won't be the answer you want to hear, but different things work for different horses. It also depends on what is currently not in your horse's diet. With my TB, I have tried:

Omegatin
Empower
Smartgain
Farnam Weight Builder
Cool Calories
Beet pulp
Rice bran
Alfalfa cubes
Cocasoya Oil

The only ones I had luck with were Omegatin and SmartGain. Even then he was still a little ribby. I recently went a new route and tried Platinum Performance. It's not technically a weight gain supplement, but he does seem to be filling out on it.

Ironically I think what works best for most horses is lots and lots of hay. For the extra money these supplements costs, you could feed a extra bale each day.
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post #3 of 27 Old 01-25-2013, 07:44 PM
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I had the best luck with "Hard keeper solution", I tried cool calories and he actually seemed to lose weight on it. I also add rice bran to his feed which seems to help a lot and he LOVES the taste.
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post #4 of 27 Old 01-25-2013, 09:44 PM
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Alfalfa and canola oil, 8oz a day.
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post #5 of 27 Old 01-25-2013, 10:33 PM
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I had amazing luck with Nutrena Empower BOOST supplement. I also feed free choice hay and regular Nutrena pelleted feed.

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post #6 of 27 Old 01-25-2013, 10:38 PM
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I used wight builder I work great for my friends old horse

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post #7 of 27 Old 01-25-2013, 11:08 PM
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The Step Eight program works great, but I think if you talk to a nutrition.specialist, he will be able to give you a plan that is best suited for horse. Nutritionists should be coveted!
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I had a old gelding that was a hard keeper a friend of mine sells FAST TRACK and that put some weight on him
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post #9 of 27 Old 01-26-2013, 01:24 AM
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Tc senior works great for putting on weight.not grain based either better then weight supplements.alfalfa also helps.
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post #10 of 27 Old 01-26-2013, 01:22 PM
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I used the Manna Pro Fat Supplement, and it worked wonders for my old guy. C: Here's a before and after comparison of my horse, if you're curious. http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...86807742_n.jpg
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