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post #1 of 9 Old 08-24-2013, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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how do i put weight on my horse?

I have had my 15.1 gelding for 3 months now and when I first got him he was in good condition(weight,shape etc) but after about 2 months he was beginning to loose weight so I filled his hay nets slightly more and all his worming is up to date vaccinations and teeth he is fed 3 feeds a day because of this and has 1/4 of a scoop of calm and condition, high fi original chaff and regular conditioning cubes 1/4 scoop. Does anybody have any tips of feed he can try to put weight on him and he is in medium work and is a tb/arab thanks :)
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Has a vet checked him out? Could be anything frm teeth to ulcers.
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Might be worth it to ask the previous owners what their feeding regimine consisted of.
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Hi,

How much hay does he get for starters? What condition is he in now - put on weight in the last month? Were feed changes sudden? Is he stressed or other probs?

I'd start out giving him more/free choice hay, keeping hard feed to little & often low carb/starch/grain feeds. Consider treating for ulcers & giving a probiotic. Ensuring his nutrition is well balanced.
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How much hay does he get for starters?

I'd start out giving him more/free choice hay, keeping hard feed to little & often low carb/starch/grain feeds.
This. Assuming no medical problems, if you want him to gain weight, give him all the high quality forage he'll eat.

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Hi there,
I have a Clydesdale mare. She's 11 years old and 16.2hh. I ride her about 3-4 times a week, but nothing super vigorous because I'm not at that level yet. How much hay should she be eating? Especially now that the weather is getting colder.
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Hi there,
I have a Clydesdale mare. She's 11 years old and 16.2hh. I ride her about 3-4 times a week, but nothing super vigorous because I'm not at that level yet. How much hay should she be eating? Especially now that the weather is getting colder.
2-2.5 % of her weight. If she is aproxximate of 1500 lbs (guessing by breed standards) she needs at least 30 lbs of forage a day. Best is free choice, or feeding them often enough that they never really run out of hay. You can up it to even 37 lbs a day to make sure she has plenty.
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^2-3% of her *ideal* weight. If she's thin, feed more, if she's fat, stick to 2%. Horses need small amounts going through their system constantly & going hungry isn't good for them.
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I would feed rice bran to your horse to help it gain weight, if as others have posted, the vet says he is healthy. I would feed him 1/3 a cup at each feeding. I feed it to all of mine everyday to help with digestion and it keeps them super-shiny.
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