HELP with a Hard Keeper & a HayBell/Ribby Horse - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 8 Old 08-06-2013, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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HELP with a Hard Keeper & a HayBell/Ribby Horse

I have an Appaloosa Stallion who gets fed:
1 Quart of Alfalfa Cubes (Broken Down)
4 Quarts 12:12 (12 fat: 12 Protien)
And 2 tablespoons CalfMana
Along with 3/4 a bale of hay twice a day.

He's still ribby and he's not even breeding. He is also up to date on worming.

I also have a Quarter Horse/ Paint X who is the complete oposite! He has a hay belly but yet shows some ribs, only like two or three and they arnt bad. Even still, I would like for him to not look so out of shape because of his hay belly. I have heard it could be my hay and that he needs someting for his digestion.
He currently is fed:
2 Quarts of Alfalfa Cubes (Broken Down)
3 Quarts 12:12 (12 fat: 12 Protien)
And 2 tablespoons CalfMana
Along with 1/2 a bale of hay twice a day.

Any help on them would be WONDERFUL! Thanks :)
(Pictures are from a while ago! Not upto date, sorry)
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-06-2013, 12:48 PM
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The Appaloosa looks in good shape, perfect weight, the other picture of the other horse is too small for me to see on my phone.
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I dont know how to add more pictures.. but the stallion (Kenny) slimmed down a lotttt..
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-06-2013, 01:01 PM
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From what I can see, I agree with Ware. The appy appears to be in good condition, but there is only so much we can see from a picture.

You say he is UTD on worming, but when is the last time his teeth were floated? Bad teeth can cause an otherwise healthy horse to have a hard time keeping weight.

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-06-2013, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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His teeth we checked and were fine.. I bought him 2 months ago and was all set on everything
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-12-2013, 03:18 AM
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Hi, welcome.

Agree with others. Appy looks good, black horse pic is hard to tell. Neither appears to have a hay belly at all.

I'd start by ensuring they're effectively wormed. You may be diligent but sometimes pastes don't cut it.

what is the 12:12 stuff? Is it grain based or otherwise high starch/ sugar? If so I'd consider an alternative that's healthier, more digestible energy, such as beet pulp, rice bran, soy meal/hulls, etc.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-12-2013, 03:25 AM
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Tape worm? Most wormers don't cover them.
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