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    04-15-2011, 01:11 AM
Green Broke
Keep up with the soaked senior feed and alfalfa cubes. Add to each meal 1 cup of flax meal for extra fat calories. To two meals, add a digestive aid like Fastrack or similar.

If she'll eat more feed, and you're at the max recommended senior feed for her target weight, then you can add as much alfalfa cubes as you want. Make a 4th and 5th meal of more of those. Or if you don't want to add more alfalfa, you could try soaked beet pulp shreds with a little alfalfa for flavoring, or Timothy/Alfalfa mixed cubes.

Make sure she's thoroughly dewormed as well.

Good luck!
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    04-21-2011, 05:12 AM
What I was told was to crumble up 5 slices of plain bread in its feed at it fattens them up because if you feed it lots of carbs it fattens them up quicker than if you where to feed it fatty foods,
Hope this is of some help to you :)
    04-21-2011, 08:28 PM
Green Broke
Wheat based products are not a healthy choice for horses, and 5 slices of bread is hardly any calories. You'd have to feed the horse a whole loaf a day, or at least a half of a loaf.
    04-22-2011, 08:34 PM
When I got my little Arab she was pretty under weight. I started giving her about a 1/4 cup of olive oil with her evening feeding and I swear it seemed like that's when her weight really came on. It seemed like almost overnight she went from a body score of 3 to a solid 41/2. (5 is supposed to be perfect) she rounded out over her her hip bones and the spine no longer stuck up at all. I feed her probably a big coffee can and a half of stradigy mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with 14% sweet feed twice daily plus severall carrots and our pastures have been green for aobut 2 months. So she has all the grass she wants to eat. I really think the olive oil was what made her turn the corner into being a healthier weight. You could use any veggie oil :)
    04-25-2011, 11:04 AM
When I moved to Florida my Belgian mare developed a liver problem. Could be there was something in the hay, not sure. She lost a lot of weight. You don't want to see ribs on a Belgian or anyother horse. Vet looked at her and told me to put her on Red Cell and Empower plus her feed. Red Cell is a vit. And the Empower puts the weight on. She gained very rapidly. Red Cell is a supplement and can be continue forever. Look Luck
    04-28-2011, 01:35 PM
Putting weight on your horse.

I have had several of these rescue type horses in the past and the best solution that I found was similar to what the vet suggested to you. I added 6lbs of Total Equine to the alfalfa pellets and soaked them in water with baking soda and whole flax seed. This seemed to work best for most cases. If your horse fails to eat the wet mash then just add a bit of pancake syrup to the mash. This mix should do the trick and add weight at a rate that is healthy for the horse.
    04-29-2011, 03:52 PM
Pancake syrup? LOL. Thanks everyone. I'm also dealing with his White Line Disease. My farrier gave me some copper sulfate and vinegar, so I've been soaking his feet. I hope it works.

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