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post #1 of 8 Old 03-24-2011, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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My QH turned 17 last week, and we moved barns at the end of January. At the old barn, he was not fed his grain and hay enough, so he lost a bit of his weight. Right now I am trying to find ways to get some weight back on him. He isn't terribly skinny, but he needs more weight and muscle. I'm currently riding him 1-2, sometimes 3 times a week, but not hard, mostly walking down trails. He is being fed about 1-1.5 scoops twice daily and has a bale of hay outside for him to eat all day. He is also let into a different pasture to eat grass while the property owners are home. Just looking for ways to put and keep weight on him, any advice is appreciated :)
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You're doing great by giving him free choice hay. That should always be first. What kind of grain is he getting and how much does it weigh? Also, I know how difficult it can be to get in riding time with school and work and such, but try to ride him at least three days a week. Do a lot of hillwork and trotting. Good luck with him! :]

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My QH turned 17 last week, and we moved barns at the end of January. At the old barn, he was not fed his grain and hay enough, so he lost a bit of his weight. Right now I am trying to find ways to get some weight back on him. He isn't terribly skinny, but he needs more weight and muscle. I'm currently riding him 1-2, sometimes 3 times a week, but not hard, mostly walking down trails. He is being fed about 1-1.5 scoops twice daily and has a bale of hay outside for him to eat all day. He is also let into a different pasture to eat grass while the property owners are home. Just looking for ways to put and keep weight on him, any advice is appreciated :)
my cousins had the same problem with her pony, he lost quite a bit of weight over the winter due to being on medication too. she has been using Graze On in his feed, which is basically just dried grass, its high in calories so my cousins pony has been piling on the weight and looks really good now (:
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Thanks for the quick responses! I've been busy with school and volleyball (45 mins away from home) 4 days a week for the past few months. This is the last weekend so I will be back riding about 3 days a week starting next week :)

I'm not sure what the name of the feed is, but I know it is 12% sweet feed. But each scoop, approx weight/scoops in bag, is about 2.7 lbs.
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Sweet feed has grains like corn in it which is hard to digest and it's also high in sugars and starches which can make him hot. If you have a store down there that sells Seminole I would put him on Equalizer which is grain free and you only give him 1lb a day, which can save you some money. Then you can add beet pulp or alfalfa to put some calories and weight on him. If you can't find a store that sells Seminole then Purina's Enrich 32 is pretty much the same thing as Equalizer. Here's a link to it so you can see the ingredients: Seminole Equalizer - Ration Balancer for horses

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Thank you so much! I will definitely look into that.
Would alfalfa pellets help gain weight as much as alfalfa hay would?
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No problem :]. You could do either/or. I'm going to start giving my horse the pellets because my other horses don't need the hay and one would shoo him off it. Just depends on whichever one you would like to give him!

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I don't know of anywhere in town where alfalfa is decently priced, and I could also put the pellets in his feed and the other horse won't eat it. That's why I asked. Thanks! I will be looking into changing to Seminole Equalizer/Purina Enrich 32 if that will be cheaper and help his weight. :)
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