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    02-18-2014, 04:30 PM
  #11
Foal
We generally keep our horses a little fat. She's about 100 under.
     
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    02-18-2014, 04:36 PM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by dreambig92    
We generally keep our horses a little fat. She's about 100 under.
Even at 100 under, I don't know that I'd work one of mine. 50..yeah, I'd start working and exercising to build muscle.
     
    02-18-2014, 07:35 PM
  #13
Trained
100lbsis not scary under weight.I would feed ultium, it already had amplify in it and doesn't make them hot
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    02-19-2014, 04:20 PM
  #14
Foal
We started her on the amplify yesterday, and she's really not liking it. Prefers the hay, I dropped a few treats in to see if that would help and she just picked the treats out. Is there any way I could make it taste better?
     
    02-19-2014, 05:04 PM
  #15
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Not really - that is the trouble with supplements. Try introducing it really slowly just a tiny bit at a time
Since she doesn't sound that underweight - hard to tell without photos - I think you'd have done better to have fed just the Ultium,
     
    02-19-2014, 08:16 PM
  #16
Yearling
I would say just feed the Ultium also, already has the Amplify in it and is a good feed
     
    02-19-2014, 09:08 PM
  #17
Yearling
Am I misunderstanding or is your horse only receiving 4 flakes of hay a day total?

Personally...if she is, she needs more hay, period.
Alfalfa of not, she needs more hay in front of her and she will gain weight.

I am also unsure of how you are feeding Amplify...but it is not a grain/feed source but it is only to be top-dressing your daily grain/feed ration.
It is a 30% fat nugget and is unpalatable to many horses fed by itself. Also recommended to be started fed in small amounts and build on the amount slowly.

Horses don't normally get "hot" from a cool calorie such as fat.
Yes, there is a protein amount associated with Amplify, but this supplement is normally fed in such small quantities...


Also remember the only way any horse can gain weight is to increase their caloric intake more than they are expending.
If you are working this horse daily, she needs more calories in than out due to that.
Still think to start weight gain by increasing her hay amount fed daily. She doesn't need "alfalfa" only, she just needs to eat more hay of the lesser quality...
I honestly would be looking for a "working lightly" horse to be consuming a minimum of 6-8 good size flakes of quality hay a day...as much as they will eat and clean up, not waste.
If after increasing hay consumption the horse is still not gaining, then look to add additional feed/grain sources of nutrition.
I am also thinking you have already addressed teeth, worms, ulcers and such...

Good luck.

If I misread and misinterpreted your writings, my apologies.
     
    02-19-2014, 09:13 PM
  #18
Showing
I've always been able to get weight on a horse by feeding more than enough timothy hay and oats which start at a cup and gradually increase to 2lbs 2x daily. Once the weight is on the grain is cut back to 1 lb once daily. That may be halved with either senior pellets or alfalfa pellets. The horses are out 24/7, their choice so they move around a fair amount.
     
    02-20-2014, 02:21 AM
  #19
Foal
She has hay in front of her 24/7 with the 4 flakes a day, she is 14.2hh. She has been picking up weight (and shine) without the amplify, but it was suggested we added that or rice bran to her diet, and after researching, we chose amplify.

Also, our area is in high drought and grass/alfalfa is $21 a bale while any form of only grass hay is $30+. We have had her 3 weeks and can see some weight gain with how she has been eating.
     
    02-20-2014, 02:22 AM
  #20
Foal
Here is a link to the pics I've posted of her.
my adorable quarter pony
     

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