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    06-03-2012, 02:43 AM
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My Quarter horse has dropped some weight recently, he's not badly underweight but I would like him to beef up a little because we are going to start showing more regularly again and I don't want him to get stressed and drop weight. Right now he gets a very basic grass hay and livestock blend grain which is fairly high in fat (thats what we wanted). But now I feel he needs something extra.
Any ideas on how I can get the most for my money and what works best for long term?

He's caught up on all his worming and everything so I know that's not why, Thanks!
     
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    06-04-2012, 02:53 AM
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Any ideas on how I can get the most for my money and what works best for long term?
Feel like a stuck record sometimes, but low starch, high fibre & feed little & often rather than in 1-2 big meals. He may also be getting adequate calories but his nutrition isn't good enough for him to make full use of the food he gets, so it's also worth considering if he's adequately supplemented.

Without knowing what the 'livestock blend grain' is, can only imagine & it may not doing him any big favours unfortunately. It's especially important when feeding grainy/starchy feeds such as this that the grains are cooked or extruded and the horse is fed little & often, which will maximise the goodness they get out of it(so better for your pocket) and reduce the health problems commonly associated with that sort of diet(also better on your pocket, considering potential vet bills).

So in addition to the hay, some possibilities that are high energy but low NSC include alfalfa, soy hulls, beet pulp & rice bran.
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    06-04-2012, 03:05 AM
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We use beet pulp. It's easily digestible and the horse won't colic on it no matter how much you give.

We had a friend keep her horse with ours for a while. When she got here, she was underweight, ribs easily seen, spine showing and hip bone sticking out. In two months, she had put on some weight and started looking good. We also have a hard keeper for one of our horses. The beet pulp helps him keep the weight on during the winter and not have to have a blanket on.

We get our beet pulp in 50 lbs bags for under $10. One bag lasts about one week for 8 horses in the summer and about 1/2 that in winter. I think it comes out cheaper than most other feeds.
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    06-04-2012, 04:45 AM
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We use beet pulp. It's easily digestible and the horse won't colic on it no matter how much you give.

We had a friend keep her horse with ours for a while. When she got here, she was underweight, ribs easily seen, spine showing and hip bone sticking out. In two months, she had put on some weight and started looking good. We also have a hard keeper for one of our horses. The beet pulp helps him keep the weight on during the winter and not have to have a blanket on.

We get our beet pulp in 50 lbs bags for under $10. One bag lasts about one week for 8 horses in the summer and about 1/2 that in winter. I think it comes out cheaper than most other feeds.
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I have a question regarding beet pulp because I have heard many people mention it as a way of helping to gain weight. My new boy needs to gain probably 100 or so lbs. Does the beet pulp replace their grain? Or is it fed in addition to their normal grain ration? He gets fed 2x daily, plus he is 24 hour pasture board (really great pasture).He is an appendix, and he seemed to gain steadily for this first month I've had him but now he is sort of flat lining. I was thrilled thinking "wow an easy keeper!" but it looks like he might be hard after all. Do you think beet pulp will help with him?
     
    06-04-2012, 05:42 AM
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Does the beet pulp replace their grain? Or is it fed in addition to their normal grain ration? He gets fed 2x daily
Depends on your horse's needs & management, but generally it's fed instead, to replace high starch, hard to digest ingredients like grain. I'd definitely suggest replacing grain with something better like that if you can only feed twice daily.
     
    06-04-2012, 08:29 AM
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Weanling
Some horse won't eat beet pulp, I have one that won't. I did find that adding grain to the beet pulp did get him to eat some of it. I also added a little molasses to the beet pulp that seemed to entice him some more. I buy feed that is for older horses that advertises low in starches and sugars and there is beet pulp in it with other things, he likes that.
     

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