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post #1 of 9 Old 11-21-2011, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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12 year old tb skinny...

I recently rescued a 12 year old tb. Never raced. Was trained in the past Im thinking because man can she jump. Anywaya that's not why im posting. When I got her she was very skinny. I got her in June and fed her hay grain and kept her at pasture with grass. She gained some nice weight and her coat was really looking good so I began trining her very lightly so she wouldnt lose weight. But recently, she has been losing, and not her tummy. She has a very filled out belly but losing around her withers and butt bone. I was thinking of putting her on a weight gain supplement but thought to ask advice first. Any thougts????
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-21-2011, 10:33 PM
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Lots and lots of good quality hay.

Low starch/low carb feed. (senior anything seems to help put weight on)

For a fat supplement. I'd had a lot of success with SmartGain and Omegatin.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-22-2011, 03:49 AM
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I recently rescued a 12 year old tb. Never raced. Was trained in the past Im thinking because man can she jump. Anywaya that's not why im posting. When I got her she was very skinny. I got her in June and fed her hay grain and kept her at pasture with grass. She gained some nice weight and her coat was really looking good so I began trining her very lightly so she wouldnt lose weight. But recently, she has been losing, and not her tummy. She has a very filled out belly but losing around her withers and butt bone. I was thinking of putting her on a weight gain supplement but thought to ask advice first. Any thougts????
Well Sashagirl I can share what My TBs get.
they are both mares one is 9yr the other one is 3yr both came at a body score of 3.
They get a 10lb pat of alfalfa day in the am (each horse)
Mid day they get 1 full coffee can of strategy one full BIG coffee can of stock and stable sweet feed add to that suppliments from smart packs "smart gut" pellets and I scoop of cool calories.
Evening time same amount one big can strategy -1 full can sweet feed cool calories one scoop
Plenty of cool fresh water, a mineral and a salt block near the water tub

Basically they should tell you this when you get these horses but they NEVER Do that they are going to eat 4 timed what you fed your former quarter horse or paint and whatnot...... I go through 2 bags of feed every day with 4 horses total (plus one calf)
Good luck babe

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post #4 of 9 Old 11-22-2011, 06:04 AM
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Cool calories and a probiotic supplement turned our 6 yr. Old OTTb from a body score 2 into a fat pig that gets mistaken for an appendix!!
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-22-2011, 06:11 AM
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Has a vet looked at her? I would start with having a fecal count done - you may be dealing with worms and/or not a dietary problem. Can you post some pictures of her?

I'd like to know the feed and quantity you are using, as well - how often and at what time also.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-22-2011, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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yes the vet has seen her. And the guy where I board her has wormed her about twice a week.
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She gets wormed twice a week? Like 8 times a month?
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-26-2011, 06:34 PM
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IRIDEHORSES Yes of course that's a very astute observation, the worming and to the OP just because someone is worming her does not mean she doesn't have worms....
There are a lot of problems with worms becoming immune to the wormers if the horse spits part of the wormer out (and what horse doesn't!)
You have to change wormers every so often.....
ALSO MY TB had ulcers. Like 90 something percent of TBs Do have ulcers.(my race track trainer says they ALL have ulcers and he's been training TBs for about 50 years) I couldn't get a pound on her until I started giving her the smart packs ultra digest in her feed. It has a lot of probiotics, antacids, stuff for hind gut and a lot of other stuff to help with digestion. It has made a world of difference with my formerly skinny TB :)
Good luck!! Let us know how it goes

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1) Have the vet out to check her, specifically teeth

2) Have the vet test her poo for any worms, called fecal egg test

3) Worm her, even if the fecal egg test comes clean

4) Get her on a high fiber and fat diet, not high sugar diet, such as sweet feed. I would recommend rice bran and beet pulp.

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