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post #11 of 18 Old 03-06-2012, 06:18 PM
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Talking weight gain

I am surprised no one has asked what the horses breed is or age what his/her work load is. These are important factors in trying to help with a weight issue.
a good grain when looking to help with weight issues and what I use is Natures essentials by Purina feeds AMPLIFY its great for weight gain and also for show conditioning skin and coat stallions etc. I use this product with my draft crosses.

I also found that Calf Mana 1 cup a day in feed works very well on TBs or hot horses.

Can feed all the hay you want but if the hay your buying doesnt have the needed nutrients its not going to help.

Check with your local Agricultural department to see about having your hay annalized for nutrients content.

Good luck TRR
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Is he UTD on deworming? Does he get a psyllium supplement once monthly?

Him having worms or having sand in his gut could be causing him to not gain/lose weight.

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post #13 of 18 Old 03-06-2012, 09:15 PM
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Enrich 32 also has very high protein though and is designed for horses who eat a lot of hay. So, if he already has enough hay, that's what I'd try.

My mare is not an easy keeper and it has worked for her.

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I have my filly on beet pulp, it is a cheaper way to put the weight on, I feed 6 quarts of soaked beet pulp along with the horses regular amount of grain. I also suggest Corn oil as a cheap fatty supplement.
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-07-2012, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar View Post
My horse is loosing weight and is getting 5-6 flakes of hay a day and a small amount of grain, has been worked, no ulcers and no apparent teeth problems but is getting them done in the next month or so.

What grains that are not to high in sugar or coated in molasses helps gain weight, he gets 1/2 scoop grass pellets and 1/2 scoop of oats.

Any suggestions would help.
The hay amount depends on the weight. Some flakes weigh less than others in the winter my horses get 20-25 lbs hay a day in the winter. In the summer 15-20 depending on the horse. I have a couple that are not gaining like I wold like as I am feeding grass hay at the moment so for those I am giving 3 lbs of alfalfa pellets and they get 3 lbs of a complete feed as well.
So I would try adding a complete feed I am not real big on oats. I also top dress with Equipride you give 1oz to every 100 lbs or as how loose their manure is.
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post #16 of 18 Old 03-07-2012, 10:14 PM
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I would just like to ad that regardless of the number of flakes or weight of the hay, keep hay in front of the horse at all times. If he is without hay, he doesn't have enough.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-10-2012, 02:07 PM
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I don't have access to a lot of specialty feeds where I live. Complete feed pellets and rice bran are about all that is available. I have used corn oil successfully for weight gain. I know corn oil is supposed to cause or encourage inflammatory diseases, but for me it has worked so far.
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-11-2012, 04:49 AM
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Extruded Barley worked for me on my 8yo thoroughbred along with meadow chaff. He was big and thick in no time. And it didn't heat him up either which was something short of a miracle as he seems to be heated up by the word "food"
Also ezi-beet or something of the likes should help.

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