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        07-25-2013, 06:09 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Depending on if you get shredded or pelleted beet pulp, it will more than double in amount when soaked. We get shreds that have been rolled to break them into smaller pieces. Those will be 4 times as much when soaked. I would start with 1/4 to 1/2 scoop. That would make between 1 and 2 scoops wet. You don't want to make too much because it can spoil in time when wet.

    You can't feed too much beet pulp. It won't cause colic like grain or founder like alfalfa. If the horse eats it all, great. If not at first, they will when they get used to it. If you can, split up into two feedings every day.

    Beet pulp is like that half way point between grass and grain. It give good nutrition without the health concerns of grain.
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        07-25-2013, 07:46 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Your horse needs calories and proper nutrition. Alfalfa pellets will help give some quality forage, but you need to find a quality grain to give him the nutrition he needs to grow properly.
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        07-25-2013, 08:01 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I'll likely just do the pelleted because we've done beet pulp with our other horse so I know it more than anything but I was just wondering how much to give him. So if I did half a scoop a day then just do 1/4 morning and night? If I add a little molasses would that help to make him eat it more? We tried that with our mare and she slopped it up like candy.
         
        07-25-2013, 08:21 PM
      #14
    Started
    A 2 yr old is going to be lanky. He's still got 2 -3 yrs of growing to do. There is too much sugar in sweet feed. Feeding him every other day is no good either. Everyday at least 2x a day.

    Tractor supply does carry Purina and nutrena along with their brand. Most arabs are pretty easy keepers. I'd go with a ration balancer and some alfalfa pellets along with it. If he isn't picking up weight, and you want to do it slowly, you can add a little rice bran or flax.

    Don't let the price tag on the ration balancer fool you. It's cheaper in the long run by far. Your feeding a full sized horse a measuring cup full as opposed to a few lbs of other types of feed.

    Whatever feed you choose you need to follow the directions on the bag. If you don't feed the appropriate amount for his size, age and work load you are short changing him nutrition.
         
        07-25-2013, 08:56 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Pulling your pics over here from the color thread. Your horse isn't just "slightly underweight" or "lanky". He's badly underweight, IMPO, and needs food poured into him. He also is in desperate need of a farrier. How long have you had him? Your barn says almost a year, is that correct? Personally I would be getting a vet out, having him looked over and a fecal done for worm count.


         
        07-25-2013, 08:59 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horselove366    
    I'll likely just do the pelleted because we've done beet pulp with our other horse so I know it more than anything but I was just wondering how much to give him. So if I did half a scoop a day then just do 1/4 morning and night? If I add a little molasses would that help to make him eat it more? We tried that with our mare and she slopped it up like candy.
    Feed NEEDS and is designed to be fed by weight not by scoops.
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        07-25-2013, 09:02 PM
      #17
    Foal
    His feet were done a few weeks ago. I realize how underweight he is, hence why I'm trying to figure out what to get into him.
         
        07-25-2013, 09:04 PM
      #18
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by NdAppy    
    Pulling your pics over here from the color thread. Your horse isn't just "slightly underweight" or "lanky". He's badly underweight, IMPO, and needs food poured into him. He also is in desperate need of a farrier. How long have you had him? Your barn says almost a year, is that correct? Personally I would be getting a vet out, having him looked over and a fecal done for worm count.


    Yikes, that's a little worse than I was expecting. You need a vet out to look him over and you need a farrier. He isn't just kinda skinny. NDAppy is correct, he really needs food poured into him fast, before winter rolls around and he gets emaciated. Don't buy cheap crap food, go out and find a better feed and WEIGH it, it's never by scoops.
         
        07-25-2013, 09:05 PM
      #19
    Started
    If that's the horse he needs groceries on a regular basis badly. He needs his feet done badly and a good worming also done on regular basis won't hurt either.
         
        07-25-2013, 09:14 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Well I'm going to have my parents take me out to the feed mill tomorrow and I'm going to get him that beet pulp, by weight how much should he have then?
         

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