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post #1 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Wont Put on Weight!

So I Bought my mare about a year ago and she was kept in a stall before i bought her. When she came to us She was slightly underweight and we kept outside with other horses. She got sick last summer and lost alot of weight. She picked up beofre winter but now she still is underweight. She was growing like a weed before she got sick and then she stoped. I havent measured her lately but i Cant figure out why she wont put on weight. I think she might be growing again but im not sure. Shes 4 this year.

Daily Feeding Schedual-
(Now kept in a stall and taken out nightly for a short workout)

3 flakes of good quality alfalfa hay
4lb of SafeChoice Grain

3-4 Flakes of good quality alfalfa hay
4lb of SafeChoice Grain

we had her on only 4lbs of grain but she was not improving at all. so we bumped her up.
She gets very bored with her food and will not sit and eat, She will take a bite and then pace her stall. But she is very protective when fed around other horses. How do you get a horse to eat if they dont want to?

When she was kept outside She would just stand next to the feeder while all the other horses ate. Im not quite sure what to do.
The only thing i can think is that all this food is just going stright up and shes growing again.

She was 14.2 before winter and shes a Arabian NHS cross. (Normaly quite tall horses)

Any ideas?

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post #2 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 10:25 AM
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Does the feed already have molasses on it. if it doesn't, you can add some to it to make it a little sweeter and more appealing.
Do you regularly worm?
I know she is pretty young but it might help to have a vet look at her teeth.
You might want to look into the possibility of ulcers too.
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post #3 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 10:51 AM
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Has her mouth been done by a quality denstist/vet?
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post #4 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 11:07 AM
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once her teeth etc are checked out you could think of giving her a pre and pro biotic feed supplement to help her stomach bugs work more effectively. i have a 30 year old who was having terrible weight gain issues (hes anglo arab) as in i couldnt get any weight on him at all and my vet suggested corn oil from the supermarket, here its about 2 per litre. 100 mil a day in his feed gave him an extra 900 calories a day..made a huge difference, and if yours is a riding horse, the oil is slow release energy so you shouldnt have problems with too much fizz. i thought it was the end for my boy..i was putting so much food down his neck and he was still a bag of bones, 2 years on he is glossy and shiney and though he will never be a fat horse he no longer looks like a rescue/ abuse case!
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post #5 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 11:28 AM
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Is it possible that he could get free choice hay?
Is he getting any grazing time?

You could put veg oil in his feed and definitely get the vet out to check his teeth, if it's been over a year they are going to need to be done
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post #6 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 11:54 AM
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What about having bloodwork done and checking for ulcers?
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post #7 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 08:37 PM
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You have this horse in a stall, you are feeding it 8lbs day of protein type supplement and alfalfa. That's a pretty rich diet for a horse that's not doing any worrk and standing around in a stall. She's better off outside where she's moving around. When a horse walks it pumps blood from the hoofs back to the heart which improves digestion. Standing in a stall doesn't do the same. If her teeth are at issue, once that's looked after you soon start to see improvements. The sharp points create ulcers in the cheeks which get painful. The horse will eat barely enough then quit eating.
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post #8 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 10:15 PM
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Put her outside for turnout and just bring her in for feeding. When turned out, put her on free choice grass hay, timothy, or an alfalfa mixed hay (40% or less alfalfa).

Put her on a better quality feed, like Triple Crown's Lite or Low Starch. SafeChoice is really not a good feed. It's high in starch, which can cause negative behaviors (like the stall pacing due to too much energy/anxiety) and isn't a fixed formula.

Or, you can make your own feed using a good vitamin supplement like horsetech.com's High Point, Uckele's Equi-Base Grass, or SmartPak's SmartVite line. Mix that with 2-3 lbs (dry weight) of shredded beet pulp, 1 cup of flax meal, and a calming supplement. For her second feeding, repeat the beet pulp and flax meal. If she won't eat the beet pulp, add some alfalfa pellets or whole oats.

The last option would be to use a good ration balancer feed like Triple Crown's 32% Supplement, Buckeye's Gro-n-win, or Progressive's Grass Balancer. You only feed 1-2 lbs of these for full nutrition. For extra calories, add 2 cups of flax a day, beet pulp, whole oats, etc.

Getting your horse on a more natural diet that gives her more forage (hay) to eat all day long will help improve her mental and physical well being. If you cannot provide free choice hay, then use small mesh hay nets, and give her more turnout time.
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Any chance you have Pennfield feeds in your area? I put my TB on their Fibregized Omega beet pulp as a supplement to his feed. Four months later throw an extremely cold winter, I have what I would describe as a slightly pudgy well muscled TB. They call it miracle in a bag and it's true.

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post #10 of 30 Old 04-20-2011, 10:32 PM
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I was going to suggest checking for ulcers also.

My horse would have small episodes of colic, would sweat for no reason just standing in his field when it was 50 degrees outside, he was chewing on wood a lot and he had runny poop. Just some of the symptoms my horse showed and now since being treated all of that has went away.

Keeping horses in a stall all the time are more prone to ulcers. so it's definatly something to look into.
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