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post #11 of 12 Old 08-18-2011, 12:09 PM
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LHP, and OP: the equine digestive system is quite different from the human one and upon reading most recent literature on weight gain, maintenance and performance the number one thing recommended is fat. Oats, sweet feed and corn are all high in starch (a complex sugar) and sugar. Not fat.

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I wholeheatedly agree with that statement when the animal in question is mature and fully developed. On an immature, undermuscled, underdeveloped horse, you cannot build up meat and support skeltal growth with fats.
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I wholeheatedly agree with that statement when the animal in question is mature and fully developed. On an immature, undermuscled, underdeveloped horse, you cannot build up meat and support skeltal growth with fats.
This horse is 4yo is it not? Therefore it's certainly way past foalhood, but not mature & fully developed for a couple more years. That also means that OP may also need to consider that perhaps it's not really in need of a lot of extra calories, that perhaps it's just going through another 'gangly' stage too.
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