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post #11 of 39 Old 04-29-2013, 10:05 AM
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Much to thin. If you can answer everyone's questions about his diet and environment we should be able to help you.
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Much to thin. If you can answer everyone's questions about his diet and environment we should be able to help you.
As u read i just got him ,he is staying at a great Stables they have had him for three yrs. I will ask what they are feeding him. Because that comes with boarding .I have been making him homemade treats with apples,carrots,oats and molasses . Can I give him to many at once ?
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post #13 of 39 Old 04-29-2013, 10:33 AM
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I agree that he is too thin, but will add that I have a mare that looks almost as thin but she is 24 and is just hard to keep weight on her. Age will make a difference.
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post #14 of 39 Old 04-29-2013, 10:34 AM
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I'd say it's not such a great place if he's been there and looks like that. Sorry.
I wouldn't ask how much and what they're feeding him, I'd OBSERVE like does he have hay available at all times, and what quality hay. Is he by himself, or stalled, or lives in a herd. Does he get any other feed apart from hay. If so, how much. Don't ask, weigh it yourself.
How old is he, when was he dewormed last, did he have his teeth checked?
You posted such a nice pic of you and him( love the kitty and the other " decorations"), but it would be so much nicer if he was round and shiny.
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Diamond is 16 yrs old he is turned out 2 pasture daily with other horses. Stall is always clean with water and hay.she told me he was on supuments. All the other horses r not thin she boards 18horses and gives riding lessons. so there is alot of activaty at the stables. But I am very worried about Diamonds weight.
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Here are some resources for learning about equine nutrition.

thehorse.com is a website with a lot of invaluable information. Under the Topics tab, they have a nutrition section.

The Horse Nutrition Handbook by Melyni Worth is an easy to understand primer on nutrition. It helps you figure out how many calories your horse needs and how many calories are in common feeds. It also does an excellent job explaining different nutrients and how the horse uses them.

FeedXL.com is a wonderful tool for formulating a diet, and they have newsletters about nutrition. You can also discuss particular concerns with a nutritionist.

There are many others out there, but these are my top three.

All that said, you do need to know what he's being fed currently, if he's being fed in a group, and his medical history. Once he puts on a bit of weight, the proper exercises are also important for helping him rebuild those atrophied muscles.
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I will ck them all out
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Have a vet check him out. Teeth first. If he cannot chew properly he cannot utilize his feed, no matter how much he gets. He might have worms.
Hay in stall....2 lbs of hay IS hay. But nowhere near enough. Pasture is just now starting to come up. Winter grass has next to no nutritional value.
He might be a hard keeper. Other horses do just fine on hay and grass, hard keepers need more/ better feed.
To give you detailed help we need to know what he currently eats. And how much. By the lb, not flake and coffeecan as measure.
Parallel to that schedule a vet appointment and have him checked out.

And use the info affored has given and read all you can to become an informed horse mommy
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Have a vet check him out. Teeth first. If he cannot chew properly he cannot utilize his feed, no matter how much he gets. He might have worms.
Hay in stall....2 lbs of hay IS hay. But nowhere near enough. Pasture is just now starting to come up. Winter grass has next to no nutritional value.
He might be a hard keeper. Other horses do just fine on hay and grass, hard keepers need more/ better feed.
To give you detailed help we need to know what he currently eats. And how much. By the lb, not flake and coffeecan as measure.
Parallel to that schedule a vet appointment and have him checked out.

And use the info affored has given and read all you can to become an informed horse mommy
I just Emailed the girl that cares for him to find out what he is given daily .Do you think it could be his age? I will also find out who his vet is .
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I just Emailed the girl that cares for him to find out what he is given daily .Do you think it could be his age? I will also find out who his vet is .
Wait, is this your horse? As in do you own him? If so you should already know who his vet is as you should have had a PPE before purchase. His age should have nothing to do with it. Desert can attest to that with my 20 year old. Proper diet and she plumped out. Some horses are hard keepers no matter their age.

Who cares for him? One person? Or a boarding barn? I'm thinking this poor guy hasn't seen a vet recently and that should be your top priority right now.
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