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    04-30-2013, 12:21 AM
  #31
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Agree with others that he's too thin. Hard to tell from that pic, but appears not terribly so, but his topline & hips make him look angular as well. How old is he? Ulcers & acidosis are another reason horses can fail to thrive even if fed 'enough'.

Yes, you most certainly can overdo 'treats' like apples, carrots, oats & molasses, especially if he has above gut probs, or is insulin resistant or such. Look up safergrass.org & ecirhorse.com for more info on why & what is healthy.
     
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    04-30-2013, 09:06 AM
  #32
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Agree with others that he's too thin. Hard to tell from that pic, but appears not terribly so, but his topline & hips make him look angular as well. How old is he? Ulcers & acidosis are another reason horses can fail to thrive even if fed 'enough'.

Yes, you most certainly can overdo 'treats' like apples, carrots, oats & molasses, especially if he has above gut probs, or is insulin resistant or such. Look up safergrass.org & ecirhorse.com for more info on why & what is healthy.
Thank you
I did find out what he is fed it is awesome .but I was told that his problem was that he does not eat all his food. I will ck with my vet on making a appointment
     
    04-30-2013, 09:43 AM
  #33
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The horse in the background looks a little underweight, too. Can you take over feeding your horse? Even if you can't, if you go there every day, you could add a meal, keep it at home, and take a bucket with you to the barn.

Do you have Southern States Co-Op there? If you do, I recommend the Legends Performance, because it is high in fat. It has done wonders for my horses. It comes in "textured", which is grain, or "pelleted", so ask the vet if the grain is OK, or the pellet would be better. Just be sure to add it slowly, again, ask the vet his or her recommendation.

He looks adorable. My TWH, Sissy was a bit thin after winter, and she looks gorgeous now!

Good Luck, please let us know what the vet says!

Nancy
     
    04-30-2013, 09:52 AM
  #34
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Originally Posted by teresa60    
Thank you
I did find out what he is fed it is awesome .but I was told that his problem was that he does not eat all his food. I will ck with my vet on making a appointment
Then she needs to figure out how much he IS eating, and why he's not eating what he needs. If it's a medical issue, the vet will help you sort it out. If it's a habit, or if he's getting too much feed at one time, or if he just doesn't really like his feed, that's something the person who feeds him will have to help you sort out.
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    04-30-2013, 09:56 AM
  #35
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Originally Posted by greentree    
The horse in the background looks a little underweight, too. Can you take over feeding your horse? Even if you can't, if you go there every day, you could add a meal, keep it at home, and take a bucket with you to the barn.

Do you have Southern States Co-Op there? If you do, I recommend the Legends Performance, because it is high in fat. It has done wonders for my horses. It comes in "textured", which is grain, or "pelleted", so ask the vet if the grain is OK, or the pellet would be better. Just be sure to add it slowly, again, ask the vet his or her recommendation.

He looks adorable. My TWH, Sissy was a bit thin after winter, and she looks gorgeous now!

Good Luck, please let us know what the vet says!


Nancy
I will check on Legends Performance very helpful information. And no I can't be there everyday to feed him I trust the stable owner. Maybe it has a lot to do with winter .I was also told he needs to build mussel
     
    04-30-2013, 10:15 AM
  #36
Trained
He can't build muscle being too thin. If your horse is leaving hay, either he can't eat it or the quality is too poor and he doesn't want to eat it. Either way, this horse needs to see a vet, I can almost guarantee you he needs his teeth done and a fecal worm count, he looks very unthrifty as does the horse in the background. Once you get him vetted and on proper nutrition, he won't look like the same horse. I want to commend you for recognizing a problem with your horse's condition and seeking help to correct it.
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    04-30-2013, 10:59 AM
  #37
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He can't build muscle being too thin. If your horse is leaving hay, either he can't eat it or the quality is too poor and he doesn't want to eat it. Either way, this horse needs to see a vet, I can almost guarantee you he needs his teeth done and a fecal worm count, he looks very unthrifty as does the horse in the background. Once you get him vetted and on proper nutrition, he won't look like the same horse. I want to commend you for recognizing a problem with your horse's condition and seeking help to correct it.
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He does walk very slow I don't think he feels good. I don't care if he needs a lot of help I am happy to have found him .
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    04-30-2013, 06:23 PM
  #38
Trained
Teresa, that is not a lot of help, it's what responsible horse owners do regularly. We buy quality feed, our horses get vet check ups yearly to get teeth floats, fecals done regularly, vaccines, etc. As you get more experienced working with horses, the more you can do yourself and save on costs, however, my horses still see a vet every year or two, they always look shiny, healthy, & muscular. Your horse will look this way too, he just needs your help to be his best.
     
    04-30-2013, 06:31 PM
  #39
Foal
Thanks everyone
I did start a thread in horse health about a update on Diamond
     

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