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  • Extra calories for horses
  • Weight builder vs rice bran oil

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    11-21-2011, 02:50 PM
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adding extra calories

Hi everyone. I have a 7 year old paint gelding that tends to get a little lean during the winter. I feel that there are several reasons for this. First he is just not that interested in food (takes a bite, wanders around, takes another bite, stares off into space) second-he eats very slowly, third his is at the bottom of the totempole in the herd, and finally, I think that he has a faster metabioism. (he has been thoughouly vetted, and appears to have no ealth issues and he is UTD on worming) The situation that he is being kept doent help all that much either. He is pature boarded (along with our mare whi is an EASY keeper) in a herd of nine horses. They are fed hay 2x a day with slow feeder nets (which makes the meals last 6-7 hours). There is really no way to give him extra hay, as this means that everyone else gets extra too (which they don't need) or I have to pull him out and seperate him (then he would be too stressed and not eat any ways). Right now he is at a good weight (maybe even a little chubby due to resting from an injury) but I don't want to see him lean out to much. I have been going out once a day to give him "extra" I usually stay with him for an hour or so while he eats, and put him back out afterwards. I am wondering what is the best thing to give him.
I have been giving him the following, or a combination of the following, always with 1/2 of oil mixed in and a vit/biotin supp.
Soaked alfalpha cubes or pellets
Soaked beet pulp
Soaked performance feed
(not sure how much exactly, but he gets a "bucket" full)
*he doesnt get sweet feed
*the hay he gets is of very good quality
* there are both free choice minerals and a salt block available.
What do you suggest? Like I said, I have an hour to spend with him, and he looks good now, but I don't wasnt him to look overly lean like he did last spring.
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    11-21-2011, 05:21 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Add weight builder by farnam to his feed, rice bran pellets or oil are also great weight helpers.
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    11-21-2011, 05:54 PM
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Banned
Yes, fat. Research the kinds of oils horses can have (there's a wealth of information if you Google it), or just buy Weight Builder or Cool Calories.
     
    11-21-2011, 06:48 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Id say keep him in his own pasture area,
     
    11-22-2011, 07:08 AM
  #5
Banned
I didn't see a probiotic supplement in your feeding regimen.

Probiotics are a must for ribby or senior horses or if you want your horse to fill out a bit.
     
    11-22-2011, 10:27 PM
  #6
Started
Feed fat and fiber, especially fiber. Other than beet pulp I would recommend rice bran.
     

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