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    07-21-2012, 09:49 PM
Is this enough

I have a 17 hand lean thoroughbred who could use 50 or so pounds before winter, and a 16 hand heavier built tb I rescud back in january who was about 300-350lbs underweight (took a while to get rid of the massive worm burden) he could still use a good 150-200lbs im guessing. Anyways I think my 16 hnd tb would look nice at about 1200-1250 lbs ( he's taking at 1188, he looks nice now, no ribs visible but his hip bones are sticking out) and I think the 16 hand would look better at 1300 or so lbs (he is taping at 1196 right now)

They do not get worked much at all and are out 24/7 (in a dry lot at night with local hay in a slow feeder, and turned out to a grass pasture during the day) They are currently getting (excluding the grass they graze)

Am feeding 8-9am
3bs purina senior healthy edge
Smart gain 4

Pm feeding 6-7pm
5 lbs purina senior healthy egde
2 lbs beet pulp (cause they like it lol)
A joint supplment
Smart gain 4
20lbs+ local grass hay (timothy/orchard blend).

I have calculated this to be about 30,000 calories. Is this enough to help them gain weight?

(i have tried rice bran and none of my horses with touch it and can't find a pellted form :(
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    07-21-2012, 09:50 PM
I meant my 17 hand tb would look good at 1200-1250lbs.
    07-21-2012, 10:37 PM
Some TB's remain a bit hippy unless you can get them to the tubby stage.
    07-21-2012, 11:20 PM
I noticed that. Not to long ago I found a picture of my 17 hands sire. He was all tacked up in his racing gear but was hippy like my chance is. Sigh. People just keep telling me he's so underweight when I really know he's not and I am doing everything I can to get those few extra pounds to add up over the hips. Even tried hill work for 2 months. Didnt take a difference.
    07-21-2012, 11:24 PM
Here is the 17 hander.

And the 16 hander (1st picture is when we got him mind you he had a winter coat as it was january so he looks better then he really was, 2nd is most recent)

    07-23-2012, 09:09 PM
    08-02-2012, 06:53 AM
Poo! Just wrote a reply & it disappeared. Gist of it was that your horses both look pretty good. The 17hh boy doesn't need to gain any by the look of it & your chestnut does look perhaps a bit light on but not badly at all.

You have to remember that 'bony' is not always due to lack of groceries. Eg. Injury to sacro, hips, etc is very common with horses started early or doing lots of athletic work such as jumping, particularly race horses. Your chestnut's spine is sticking out a bit, but while it could be because he's underweight, this is often be due to injury, atrophied muscles, etc. You might want to get a good bodyworker come check them out & they may be able to make a bit of difference, at least tell you some good exercises for building them up.

Re what you are feeding, I personally don't like the Purina stuff. Top ingredient being wheat 'middlings', molasses and ground corn being included are the basic reasons. But if you're going to feed this sort of thing, little & often is best, so I'd feed that amount over another couple of meals daily if possible, or if not, drop the amount, esp of the evening feed. I'd also divide the beet pulp ration & anything else you feed equally, so these are fed more little & often too.

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