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        12-04-2012, 07:26 PM
      #51
    Trained
    It's a personal preference, poppy, im not a big fan of the safe choice, and my Snipper neither...she did better on the life design

    OP, he doesn't look bad at all now, has obviously gained already. I'd keep doing what you did so far and give it another month. (The"weigh your feed and change slowly" is an automatic thing)
         
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        12-04-2012, 07:43 PM
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    Green Broke
    Thank god you thinks he's gained already. Right now I feel like he looks worse then before. I know he isn't terrible looking but is in need of about 100-200 pounds.
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        12-04-2012, 08:30 PM
      #53
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    Max 100, I'd say.
    You could Google the Henneke body conditioning score, download it and "measure" him like, every two weeks. It's hard to tell sometimes if they gain, or lose, when you seem them every day.
         
        12-04-2012, 08:32 PM
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    Green Broke
    Yes, it is hard because im wuth them everyday. I will try that. Thanks!
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        12-05-2012, 04:56 PM
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    He is looking better so you must be on the right track.
    The blood tests arent for showing vitamin & mineral deficiencies - though they will show up anaemia though in horses its caused by something like blood loss (encysted worms, ulcers etc) rather than diet - they will look for other things that can cause weight loss such as thyroid problems, liver and kidney function, pre-cushings, blood sugar irregularities. Horses with controlled IRS by diet wont get laminitis but they do tend to feel the heat and the cold more than normal and can struggle to keep weight on because their glucose intake isnt being used properly
         

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