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    05-23-2010, 12:35 AM
I agree with Ryle. It is not a jab at you personally, but if you can't afford to provide enough forage/hay (2-3% of body weight so for an 850 lb horse that is 17-25lbs of hay per day) and you're worried about the cost of a vet exam then you have no business taking in this new stud colt.

If he does have a health problem, it is going to cost hundreds of dollars likely and no matter what the cause of the weight loss, you're going to be spending even more to get him back up to weight. Regardless of the reason you have this horse (rescue, family couldn't keep him, couldn't resist him) it sounds like you're not in a position to take proper care of him. If I am reading your posts wrong then all apologies and get him on a higher forage diet and a visit with a vet.

Good luck.
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    05-24-2010, 02:06 AM
I agree with the others. Increase forage BIG TIME even if it means reducing concentrate. Along with baled hay maube think about adding TA cubes (SOAKED) to the diet. Where I am it's slightly cheaper than feeding good quality hay. Consider having this colt castrated. Some colts are not good keepers and I'm pretty sure you will see a big improvement in attitude also.
    05-24-2010, 08:58 AM
Green Broke
Maybe if you are struggling keeping weight on this horse them maybe feed him cubes or nuts, try it they are concentrated so have more in them than equivalant mass in grass/hay.
Get the vet out to him though, just incase, young horses rarely have rapid weight loss problems. If you are worried about the price then why do you own a stud?
    05-24-2010, 09:10 AM
Green Broke
If you aren't able to afford the feed the horses NEED (and it is a need - they need the forage in an amount far above what they are currently getting), you need to reduce the number of horses to what you can afford, it really is that simple.

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