What to do over the winter??

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        10-26-2011, 05:36 PM
    Question What to do over the winter??

    Okay so my gelding is 17, will be 18 in March. He's always been a harder keeper, especially over the winters. He seems to already be starting to lose weight, even though it's only gotten down to the 40's at night. He does get more ribby when ridden a lot, he's been ridden about 5x a week, but not hard at all. He gets a little over one scoop of senior feed twice a day along with beet pulp. Right now he has free choice hay and probably (hopefully) will continue to have that through the winter. Should I start blanketing him to keep him from burning calories to keep warm overnight? Or is there something else I could do?
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        10-26-2011, 10:53 PM
        10-26-2011, 11:12 PM
    Has he grown a thick coat? If not, yes put a blanket on him at night so he doesn't burn unnecessary calories. Make sure you're feeding him enough of the senior for his size. It goes by weight, so a scope can mean anything.
        10-26-2011, 11:17 PM
    I've measured it out before but don't remember exactly how much one scoop weighs.. I will try to figure that out next time I go out there. He has a pretty thick coat every year and it's already coming in thick.. We've slowly been upping his feed to help him maintain his weight, but I didn't know if there were any supplements that would help or if putting his blanket on him would make much difference? Usually I only put it on him if it's supposed to get below about 30 or 35. (It never gets any colder here than the low 20s-upper teens)
        10-26-2011, 11:22 PM
    Senior feed is mostly protein, so maybe adding a fat supplement would round things out. Do you have Farham Weight Builder in your area? It's 40% fat and fairly inexpensive compared to other fat supplements. If not that, then something like Nutrena Empower or Omegatin.
        10-26-2011, 11:31 PM
    There is actually another boarder at my barn who has been giving her horse that while she is recovering from a really bad colic case and it's helping her gain weight back.. I should have thought of that. If I can't find it in town I could get it online though!
        10-26-2011, 11:33 PM
    Goofball! Agway carries it if you have those near you.
        10-26-2011, 11:37 PM
    Well I was open to all opinions on things I could do :) I've never even heard of Agway.. Haha. We have tractor supply and 2 local places. So pretty much any fat supplement would help him gain and keep on weight? Right now you can faintly see his ribs and you can feel them, and he's never quite been as "big" as I'd like him to be :/
        10-26-2011, 11:54 PM
    Okay, so what do you think about these two? The second is cheaper and provides more calories.. What else should I be looking for in a supplement?

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        10-27-2011, 12:20 AM
    I agree with fat. But really, oil will work just as well as the more expensive formulated supplements.

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