Just wanted to share my jaw drop moment!

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    03-09-2011, 07:33 AM
Green Broke
Just wanted to share my jaw drop moment!

A bit of back story before I begin. I have had each of my horses for roughly 12 months now. Most of them have come to me in varying degrees of underweight.

I will admit right from the start that for the first few months of attempting to feed them up I was basically going in blind. I didn't really have a clue how to feed a horse to put weight on them. I have done hours and hours of research trying to figure out the best way to feed them to get them healthy in all ways. Weight, minerals, etc.

Now when I first started figuring out how to feed them I weight taped them all. I know it is not the most accurate way to weigh a horse, but I figure that if I am using the same weight tape everytime it will at least give me a gauge of how much weight they are actually putting on.

While my intentions were good to tape them regularly it kind of fell by the wayside and I have just been watching their weight gain with eyes and hands. They all look healthy and shiny now, their ribs and hips are covered, etc.

But until today I didn't realise just how much they had put on, or just how underweight they were.

Today was de-worming day. In an effort to make sure their dosage was as accurate as possible, I taped them again.

Rex has gone from 570kg to 625kg

Phoenix has gone from 500kg to 560kg

Kody has gone from 500kg to 570kg

And finally,

Hugo has gone from 540kg to 650kg!!

Sorry for the rambling and all the photos, but I am just so excited that the results are really shining through now!!
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    03-09-2011, 07:58 AM
Excellent job - you need to share your formula!
    03-09-2011, 08:03 AM
Great job! Beautiful horses!!!
    03-09-2011, 08:47 AM
Green Broke
Thanks guy!

Iride - Each of their diets is individually tailored to them, but they are all on Speedi-beet (beet pulp), lupins & rice bran. The 3 older boys (Kody, Hugo & Rex) also get a senior feed as well. They also have 24/7 access to good quality grass hay.
    03-09-2011, 09:06 AM
They all look fantastic, you can even see in their expressions how much happier they are too!
Well done!
    03-09-2011, 09:29 AM
What a difference! I agree with kpptt2001, they do look happier. You not only restored their health, but their spirit as well!
    03-09-2011, 01:02 PM
Green Broke
Thank you! They are all definitely more vibrant and spunky than they were
    03-11-2011, 08:11 AM
Green Broke
Just wanted to share these transformations too.

Romance has probably put on a little more than she needed too. She has gone from 450kg to 515kg. She's a tad "fleshy" now.

Nippa's transformation is in the other direction. I wish I could have weight taped him when he first came home, but I couldn't catch him for a few months.

In regards to his lack of tail - We had an unfortunate (and stupid on my part) accident last year that resulted in him losing three quarters of his dock and consequently most of his tail. He was under the care of a vet and he is happy and healthy now.
    03-11-2011, 08:29 AM
Very nice ! Great job !
    03-16-2011, 02:58 PM
Amazing job!!!

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