Weight loss in winter

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  • Weight loss in winter
  • Horse is fat on grass, but in winter on hay gets very skinny

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    02-15-2013, 10:49 PM
Weight loss in winter

My horse always drops weight in the winter. He doesn't get underweight, but he gets skinny and I can't seem to get weight on him. Any suggestions?
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    02-15-2013, 10:54 PM
What's his diet like?
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    02-15-2013, 10:55 PM
Free access hay.
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    02-15-2013, 10:57 PM
Pasture 24/7 and hay. We had a round bale but now we're feeding flakes from square bales.
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    02-15-2013, 10:58 PM
Nothing helpful to add I wish my gelding would drop weight in the winter instead he turns into a fat pig!! Then I spend half the summer riding the tar right out of him so he's back to slim and trim again.
    02-15-2013, 10:59 PM
Yeah, mine gets to a good weight in summer and gets thin in the winter.
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    02-15-2013, 11:01 PM
Your pasture is year round grass? Idk where you're located.
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    02-15-2013, 11:03 PM
No, I mean he's turned out 24/7, we don't have a whole lot of grass but some.
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    02-15-2013, 11:07 PM
Ok. I'm not being mean, but free access hay. It's honestly the best thing. I understand there may be medical issues that this isn't good for. But in general it's best. Feeding flakes is fine as long as they don't go long between throwing hay.
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    02-15-2013, 11:30 PM
It may be good to supplement with a good pelleted feed. We have one horse that gets double rations of senior feed in the winter months and two that we increase maybe 50%. They are free to go in and out 24/7 and get a healthy feeding of grass hay am and pm. Our pasture will not keep weight on in the winter.

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