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post #1 of 20 Old 07-14-2011, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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feed to hot for horse??

Hi new here and too horse have an arab cross that someone left in my pasture she is about 12 years old and was skin and bones she is putting on weight very slowly but have noticed that now after her feedings she sweats bad she is feed alfalfa pellets and equine (spelling) mixed it is making me nervous and we have very little grass left as it is burning up here in alabama need to know if i need to worry bout her my other 2 horses r feed the same thing and r fine she does get free choice of hay but she is very picky eater and hay is crap around here and does not eat it like the other 2 horses i think she was stalled before because she does not look for forage like the other 2 horses dunno anything bout her but have had her for about 5 months now and she is not putting on weight like i would of hoped. What are probotics keep reading about it bout not sure what it is vet has been out 3 times had her teeth floated has been wormed regular with ivamectin she had tape worm and was treaded for that as well will she ever gain weight? i always get darn hard keepers. FRUSTRATED and do not wanna give up.
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-14-2011, 06:38 PM
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Hi new here and too horse have an arab cross that someone left in my pasture. she is about 12 years old and was skin and bones she is putting on weight very slowly, but have noticed that now after her feedings she sweats bad. she is feed alfalfa pellets and equine (spelling) mixed it is making me nervous, and we have very little grass left as it is burning up here in alabama. need to know if i need to worry bout her my other 2 horses are feed the same thing and are fine she does get free choice of hay but she is very picky eater and hay is crap around here and she does not eat it like the other 2 horses. i think she was stalled before because she does not look for forage like the other 2 horses, dunno anything bout her but have had her for about 5 months now and she is not putting on weight like i would of hoped. What are probotics keep reading about it bout not sure what it is vet has been out 3 times had her teeth floated has been wormed regular with ivamectin she had tape worm and was treaded for that as well will she ever gain weight? i always get darn hard keepers. FRUSTRATED and do not wanna give up.
I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head with whats wrong with her....the hay is cruddy and she's not eating it. Unfortunately, if you want to get her fat you're going to have to sacrifice money in order to get here there.

The cheapest option, IMO, is to load up on the alfalfa cubes and the pellets. Or try the timothy pellets. I have no idea what that other thing is, equine, since that means horse haha but if you get it at tractor supply, are you talking about the Purina Equine Senior feed?

You also didn't mention how much of everything she gets....thats important. How many scoops of each, and how many times per day?

As far as foraging, a horse knows how to forage whether in a stall or not. My Thoroughbred didn't even know what grass in a pasture was till he was 11, and he forages more in his stall than when he's turned out.
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sorry bout that.



I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head with whats wrong with her....the hay is cruddy and she's not eating it. Unfortunately, if you want to get her fat you're going to have to sacrifice money in order to get here there.

Not due to money it's due to what available in my area (alabama) she is feed brumuda mixed.

The cheapest option, IMO, is to load up on the alfalfa cubes and the pellets. Or try the timothy pellets. I have no idea what that other thing is, equine, since that means horse haha but if you get it at tractor supply, are you talking about the Purina Equine Senior feed?

Yes it is Purina Equine Feed. There is no tractor supply around here at leat i have not found one yet and i give her alfalfa pellets mixed with the equine 1 pound of each 2 times aday.

You also didn't mention how much of everything she gets....thats important. How many scoops of each, and how many times per day?

As far as foraging, a horse knows how to forage whether in a stall or not. My Thoroughbred didn't even know what grass in a pasture was till he was 11, and he forages more in his stall than when he's turned out.
she will not leave the gate all she does is stand by the gate all day and night which is y i thought maybe she did not know any better.
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-15-2011, 03:49 AM
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is the gate where you feed? My horses stand in the feeding area when the grass is "off" as in dying from no rain but when it rains and the grass grows they are mostly out in the pasture foraging. when i see my guys standing up around the feeding area i know that the grass is gone. but that may just be my crazy guys LOL
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post #5 of 20 Old 07-15-2011, 03:50 AM
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OH PS i had a little skinny arab I fed her Stradigy and put`
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post #6 of 20 Old 07-15-2011, 03:52 AM
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put a little extra fat in via veggie oil and the extra oil got her gaining and she looks great now. you can use cool calories too it's prolly cheaper than the veggie and olive oil i used :)
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post #7 of 20 Old 07-15-2011, 08:58 AM
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I feed Strategy to my Arabs, they also have Strategy Healthy Edge.
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post #8 of 20 Old 07-15-2011, 09:26 AM
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My Mum's horse had lice, was under-weight, had worms and a bad jaw that had not been looked after.
She is also an arab cross. :)
Is it summer or winter where you live? Jewelz looks good in summer, infact she looks kind of ''chunky''. In winter, she losses all her muscles and alot of weight.
Mum was feeding her some sort of horse weight gainer mix, which worked rather well, untill mice found it and ate it! >:(

This winter, she is not as bad. It is colder this winter but she is rugged, gets her teeth done every 6 or so months due to her jaw, does not have lice & is wormed. Here are some before and after photos!

Last winter when we got her:
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-15-2011, 10:44 AM
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You can go to the Tractor Supply website and put in your zipcode to do a search for your area. I didn't know where you lived so before I suggested it I just used a Birmingham zipcode and came up with quite a few.

I know all about having limited, and crappy hay, but I would bet you theres some good quality hay lurking somewhere. I would look for O&A or alfalfa, but if you can't find it baled I know Tractor supply does carry O&A as well as T&A cubes, and also straight tifton pellets which is a decent quality grass hay.

She probably stands at the gate because she's waiting for food, or attention. Or she may have come from a stall situation and wants to come in.
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-17-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thank You for your help i am looking into it now. She is an attention HOG. She has gained weight but not as fast as i would like and its hard when she will not graze and i do not feed her where she stands i feed her by the shed which is all the way on other side of pasture as is her hay, just trying to figure out y she does this. She will graze if i let her out and stay with her but other than that she will just stand by gate waiting for me or my daughter i feel bad for her she has no relationship with my other 2 horses she could care less bout them. This is the weird part when i leave in my truck she chases after us and will stop at end and will wait there until we come home is this normal? I am worried as winter is coming and need to get weight on her NOW. vet told me never give her alfalfa as horses here In Alabama r not use to it and it is way to rich for her in the condition she is in. We checked her stool no worms anymore and no lice she is healthy other than I can not get her to pick up weight.
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