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post #1 of 6 Old 04-17-2012, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Adding weight

Right now I have a TWH mare in need of some weight. She for some reason lost about a 100 pounds over the winter and coming into the spring I have really noticed the weight loss as she lost her winter fuzz. She isnt to bad looking but definitely not where she needs to be. I would say she needs close to 100 to 150 pounds to be back in good condition. I am curious as to why she lost so much and my other mares look in decent condition. Now I do know she is at the bottom of the pecking order and that is why she is the smallest weight wise as the others are getting more than her. I have had all the horses on free choice round bale hay for 8 days now and I believe they are all looking a whole lot better! I have switched to a better feed as of lately and Now am using Purina Strategy which I have read in several places seems to be a good feed. Along with that I am feeding rice bran as I heard it was a great way to get weight on them. Anyone think there is anything else I should be doing? How long does it take to get weight back on a horse feeding like this? Thanks in advance for any help!
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Putting weight on should be a slow process. Possibly your horse didn't get enough hay over the winter. I would however have a vet check her out to rule out any other causes.

Before adding other supplements have your horse on free-choice hay all the time. Rice Bran is good for putting on weight however the calcium phosphorous ratio is wrong in the feed. This isn't a big concern if your not feeding that much rice bran and your horse is getting calcium from other sources. If you are not sure about how much calcium your horse is getting you can consider adding a calcium supplement. Again give your vet a call and ask for their opinion.

I don't know anything about Purina Strategy.

All feed changes should be made gradually.
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Putting weight on should be a slow process. Possibly your horse didn't get enough hay over the winter. I would however have a vet check her out to rule out any other causes.

Before adding other supplements have your horse on free-choice hay all the time. Rice Bran is good for putting on weight however the calcium phosphorous ratio is wrong in the feed. This isn't a big concern if your not feeding that much rice bran and your horse is getting calcium from other sources. If you are not sure about how much calcium your horse is getting you can consider adding a calcium supplement. Again give your vet a call and ask for their opinion.

I don't know anything about Purina Strategy.

All feed changes should be made gradually.



Yeah I think the hay was the issue over the winter I agree there. I will have the vet out to look at her soon. I had a ex horse breeder come out to the house a while back and he said man that mare is wormy! I have sinced wormed her and a month later wormed her another time using a different wormer.
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Yeah I think the hay was the issue over the winter I agree there. I will have the vet out to look at her soon. I had a ex horse breeder come out to the house a while back and he said man that mare is wormy! I have sinced wormed her and a month later wormed her another time using a different wormer.

How did he know she was wormy???
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Keep in mind, there is a time period 3-4 weeks after winter, when horses lose some additional weight. The amount depends on horse breed/condition and can vary from 20 to almost 150 pounds. If the horse is not too skiny (ribs with no fat between them) then I would not worry. With proper nutrition, they should be fine by the end of April.

I agree with the Calcium/Phosphorus ratio problem when feeding Rice Bran. If you need some more energy, thus gain weight, consider using Fat Acids (Oil) as this is pure energy source and doesnt ruin your nutrient composition. 3-4 oz daily should be enough.
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Keep in mind, there is a time period 3-4 weeks after winter, when horses lose some additional weight. The amount depends on horse breed/condition and can vary from 20 to almost 150 pounds. If the horse is not too skiny (ribs with no fat between them) then I would not worry. With proper nutrition, they should be fine by the end of April.

I agree with the Calcium/Phosphorus ratio problem when feeding Rice Bran. If you need some more energy, thus gain weight, consider using Fat Acids (Oil) as this is pure energy source and doesnt ruin your nutrient composition. 3-4 oz daily should be enough.

Thanks! All of them are starting to look a good bit better, I think what has helped the most is free choice hay!
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