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post #1 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Weight issues

I have a 10 year old Gaited Appaloosa...He recetly got a tape worm ...the vet has given him some meds and he is back on track with gaining his weight back....I understand that a horse can loose 200 lbs in 2 days and take 2 months to gain half back...He was eating just some all purpose pellets, I am slowly switching over to oqts because i know its the best feed you can give a horse, just dont like the fact they tend to swallow them whole...He loves corn and i give him some during deer season when we have it, I was thinkin of mixing thie 2 together since corn has a high fat content...has anyone here ever delt with weight loss due to an illness and what did you feed your babies to get them back to a healthy weight???
I am wondering if there is something i could do extra to help him gain his weight back...I miss riding him!!!!
An older Farmer from the area said he would pour a little used cooking oil over the feed everytime he fed a poor horse because it has an extremely high fat content....

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 09:55 AM
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I think you should try to find him something like Triple Crown's Complete or Senior pelleted feed. Its easily digestible and the Senior will help him put on some weight. Also, you might want to try some rice bran, soak it in some warm water and make it like oatmeal consistency.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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you know

i never thought about senior pelleted feed...lol...i have never owned a horse ovr 5 years ....when is a good time to switch them over?? i know that is off topic but i have never thoguth about it till you mentioned it!

thanks for the reply!

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-18-2008, 10:49 AM
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My mare was sick earlier this year and lost like, 200 pounds... now that the grass is growing, she's gaining it back quickly, but I'm feeding her F-R-M Prime Time 10 and F-R-M Endurance Gold to help her along... I've seen some weight gain just by using that feed alone.

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Several points I want to make so I'm going to line them out and then fill in info on each so I don't forget anything.

1. Tapeworms are not known for causing weight loss and unthriftiness in horses. If you treated for tapeworms then you also treated for all the other common parasites since the only two dewormers on the market that are effective against tapeworms are pyrantel at double the normal dose or praziquantel which is only available in combination with ivermectin or moxidectin. It's more likely that you had a strongyle issues than a tapeworm issue.

What kind of deworming program do you have your horse on? What area of the country are you in? How is your horse kept--pasture, dry lot, stall?

2. Oats are not the best feed for horses. Their balance is adequate though not perfect, but they are not as easily digested. A pelleted feed would be a better choice because they are balanced for horses' and are processed to be more easily digestible.

3. Corn is not high in fat...it's high in carbohydrates which are not good for a horse just like they are not good for humans. In small amounts they can be fine though you need to be very very careful because if they haven not been handled correctly they can contain a fungi that is deadly to horses. And if you want a mix of oats and corn you need to feed a premixed feed because by mixing the two you throw off the balance that you are working for by feeding just oats. With a premixed feed, the producer adds a pelleted vitamin/mineral to provide a balanced diet for your horse.

4. There is no reason to put a 10 year old horse on a complete senior feed and every reason not too if you don't want to be pouring large quantities of feed into your horse daily for weight gain. Complete senior feeds are not calorie dense because they are designed to be fed at rates of around 14-16 lbs per day. A more sensible way to put weight on a horse that can eat hay/grass is to use a pelleted feed that is designed for performance horses because these feeds are more calorie dense and don't have to be fed at as high a rate to provide the same amount of digestible energy. It is cheaper to feed a horse 4-8 lbs of a pelleted performance horse type diet than more than twice that amount of a complete feed daily.

5. Yes, fat provides lots of digestible energy for putting on weight or perfomring, but you should NOT feed used cooking oil. If you are going to add fat to the diet it's very easy to add 1-2 cups of vegetable oil to the diet a day. But you need to start slowly and build up to the 1-2 cups per day otherwise your horse may turn up his nose at his food or develope diarrhea.

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yeah, you should never feed used cooking oil.
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