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post #1 of 14 Old 02-15-2013, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 14 Old 02-15-2013, 10:54 PM
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What's his diet like?
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-15-2013, 10:55 PM
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Free access hay.
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Pasture 24/7 and hay. We had a round bale but now we're feeding flakes from square bales.
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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 hes back to slim and trim again.
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Yeah, mine gets to a good weight in summer and gets thin in the winter.
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Your pasture is year round grass? Idk where you're located.
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No, I mean he's turned out 24/7, we don't have a whole lot of grass but some.
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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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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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