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    12-09-2011, 09:40 PM
How can he improve?

This was taken yesterday (8th Dec). He has gained a TON of weight and he's even got a hay belly. But he still looks poorly to me in his pictures.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking of trying SmartShine to see if adding omega oils would help his overall condition.

I also work him at least 3 days a week. He'll be working more soon as I'm looking to lease him

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    12-09-2011, 11:40 PM
He looks like he could use a good worming.. I would recommend Equimax. Other than that, adding ricebran can help add a bit of weight and add some shine.
    12-10-2011, 12:02 AM
He was just wormed by the barn.. maybe I'll have the vet check his stool like I planned on doing.

Okay :)
    12-10-2011, 10:23 AM
Unfortunately, you're pretty much stuck with the current condition of his coat until he sheds out. He lacks in muscle mass everywhere on his body. What is he getting as a protein source? I'd add 1/2# roasted soybeans (chips or flakes). It's a cheap high quality protein and is also a high fat feed that will help his new summer coat. After that, work.
    12-10-2011, 03:22 PM
Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
Unfortunately, you're pretty much stuck with the current condition of his coat until he sheds out. He lacks in muscle mass everywhere on his body. What is he getting as a protein source? I'd add 1/2# roasted soybeans (chips or flakes). It's a cheap high quality protein and is also a high fat feed that will help his new summer coat. After that, work.
Okay! And yes he has very little muscle, so we've been working on getting that. I'm also trying to get some lessees so that he can be worked more often than 3 times a week for 2 hours.

Right now he eats "2 scoops" Triple Crown Senior and free choice orchard grass hay.

Thank you so much, your advice actually makes sense. Lots of people fail to see that he is not where he should be.
    12-10-2011, 03:48 PM
Is he on a probiotic?

We use them for our horses and they have made a world of difference in their weight and coat condition.....

I HIGHLY reccomend you put him on one if he isn't on one already.

Seriously, give it a will be surprised.
    12-10-2011, 03:52 PM
He was for 30 days back when he was on stall rest but I will put him back on it!

    12-10-2011, 04:11 PM
The Senior has added pre and probiotics.
    12-10-2011, 05:26 PM
He looked healthier this summer and was gaining well just on 8 flakes per day and oats with flax seeds. Then I moved and he was on sweet feed and free choice hay, then we added senior.. now it's all senior.

And I used to ride him everyday for an hour when I lived closer (12 minutes away) and had my own car. Now I live 40 minutes away and get out there 3 times a week. So hopefully a lessee happens soon!

I did have him on probiotics during stall rest, then took him off but I was wondering if he was getting everything out of the senior feed.. because it is great quality and has a lot of good stuff in it. He has gained weight since he's been here but he looks worse and worse.
    12-10-2011, 10:59 PM
What areas are you seeing the decline in that concerns you?

We don't know how he looked before, so it's hard to make an accurate judgement....

I know you said that he was wormed recently, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a worm problem. Some worms are resistant to some wormers, and some wormers don't kill all types of worms. An example would be tapeworms. Ivermectin and pyrantel DO NOT kill these type worms, and for people who live in areas where these worms are common, like me, they need to worm for tapeworms twice a year using a wormer with the medication praziquantel.

I don't know how he looked before, but judging from this pic alone I see what looks to be a very round belly, but with still a little more of the hip bone poking out than I PERSONALLY like to see. He doesn't look to be in HORRIBLE condition....just needs some muscle and a bit more weight.

He is a very very pretty boy, by the way!!!! I LOVE paints!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

In my opinion he needs a tad more weight, alot more muscle and a fecal egg test done to see how his wormer is or is not working.....

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