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post #1 of 9 Old 06-14-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Gaining weight without gaining energy...?

I have an 8 year old Appendix that is almost too much for me to handle some times due to having too much energy. I really don't know what to do. When I ride him I can normally tell how he is going to behave when I lunge him. If he starts bucking and carrying on I can tell it might just be a better idea to lunge him for a while rather than ride.
I know that part of it is due to his age and breed, but I think some of it may also have to do with his feed. Right now he is on a 12% sweet feed only because when I first bought him that is what the woman at the store told me I should buy...She also didn't mention at the time it was on of the more expensive brands...I'd like to get him off of the sugary molasses feed and on a type with more nutritional value.
He really only gets fed when I work him though, so again, I'm not sure how much of his excess energy has to do with his feed. I work him a couple times a week. Ideally I'd love to feed him twice a day, but because I board him it really isn't an option that I have.
I know I'm rambling a bit lol so I am just going to shut up now and see what advice I get
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-14-2013, 11:19 PM
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What is he getting for hay/grazing? (Type, quality, weight, frequency of feedings)
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I had a hot Thoroughbred that was a hard keeper. I'm not sure if this is available in your area, but I recommend Buckeye feeds. I gave Bagheera 1lb of Grow and Win and 1lb of Ultimate Finish every day. It put just over 100lbs on him in just a few months. Plus, their feeds are mostly sugar free, easy to digest, and have a fantastic nutritional content. That, and lots of good quality hay and free choice forage.
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the pasture he's in now has great thick grass. he gets to stay out all day and night and eat as much grass as he wants. Right now he is actually at the PERFECT weight, but I'd like to ride him more and I don't want him to lose any weight, which probably means feeding him more, which comes back to my original problem.
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Yes get him off the sweet feed. Do you know what brands you have access to?
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Yes get him off the sweet feed. Do you know what brands you have access to?
Not nearly as many options as I'd like to have. There is a tractor supply about 20 minutes from me and that is the closest option. They have two different pellet types, one is a 14% protein, I don't remember what it's called, something about life stages. I have been told though the higher the protein level the more energy.
The other is a 12% Producers Pride. I got that one for now, just to get him off sweet feed. I just started mixing it with his left over feed. Idk if I should leave him on that or get something a little more high quality.
There is a store about 40 minutes away that sells Purina horse feed. I wish it weren't so far away.
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I tried to do some research on it and I would stay away from it if you can. It also has pretty no fat so if you want to keep his weight I don't think that would be the best route. I wouldn't say higher protein means more energy per say. Find out more about that feed. If Purina is your only best option then I would hit the road and go get some.
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Yup. It's the sugars from raw grains that makes a few batty. Nasty stuff, sugar. Think kids on candy. You simply can't expect them to behave.

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I tried to do some research on it and I would stay away from it if you can. It also has pretty no fat so if you want to keep his weight I don't think that would be the best route. I wouldn't say higher protein means more energy per say. Find out more about that feed. If Purina is your only best option then I would hit the road and go get some.
Maybe I'll have to do that then. There also was an equine store about 30 minutes in the opposite direction, but the prices are outrageous. I just can't afford $40 for a bag of feed. The Purina one though is half that. So maybe I'll do some research online and see if I can pay them a visit next weekend.
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