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post #11 of 49 Old 05-19-2012, 11:21 PM
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He is "always hungry" and severely underweight - he needs more food, specifically forage/hay. A horse's system is designed to be taking in and digesting food all day long. A horse that is underweight needs to have free-choice hay available to him as the base of any attempt to rebuild their condition. "1-2 flakes a day" is simply no where near enough for a horse in this condition....regardless of whatelse you are pumping into him.
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post #12 of 49 Old 05-20-2012, 12:15 PM
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The chewing on lead ropes ect is a vice. It gives him comfort. He probably also has ulcers and the chewing produces saliva which neutralizes stomach acid.
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post #13 of 49 Old 05-20-2012, 12:30 PM
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He needs lots of hay. In So Cal, you're probably feeding straight Alfalfa and he shouldn't get that free choice, he needs some kind of grass hay like Bermuda Grass or Timothy so that he can nibble all day long. The reason he's acting hungry is because he IS. Pellets and grain can fulfill nutrient requirements but they aren't going to give him the amount of chewing time he needs or the bulk he needs to feel full.

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I asked about hay/pasture and I agree with everyone suggesting more hay. I wouldn't be surprised if he's hungry and bored. Forage not only provides a horse's basic diet, but also gives them a lot of chew time (for their teeth), keeps their minds busy, keeps them moving (for their feet) and is essential for their digestion. A pasture horse grazes around 18 hours a day and a horse should have some forage at least every few hours. It cures a world of health and behavior problems.
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You say he's getting the same amount as the other horses in the barn? Are the other horses OTTBs? It is absolutely amazing, the amount (and quality of food) that these horses have to consume to get into condition. If the BO hasn't dealt with OTTBs before, she may have no idea of the amounts this horse needs. If you are talking 1-2 flakes, it's WAY inadequate.

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post #16 of 49 Old 05-20-2012, 08:37 PM
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Is he stalled, pasture boarded or............? If he is not stalled, he may not be getting the hay he is meant to get as they may be putting out "x number of flakes" a day to give each horse the promised amount, but that doesn't mean each horse actually GETS their allotted amount. If he is stalled, are you saying you see NO evidence of hay in his stall at any time you are there? You say you have seen no evidence of him having been getting the amount he is supposed to be getting.
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post #17 of 49 Old 05-21-2012, 10:02 PM
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Pellets have fiber, but not "long stem" fiber that hay cubes and hay have. The long stem fiber helps them eat longer, they digest it slower, and it satisfies the horses desire to eat fiber. Without this long stem fiber, they will try to satisfy it by eating manure, wood, etc. Any barn that allows people to feed only pellets or provides
(basically) only pellets does not deserve to gave a boarding operation.

Pellets are basically a healthy type of grain, and, just like grain, should never be fed alone.

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post #18 of 49 Old 05-21-2012, 10:02 PM
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Oh yes, I second (third? fourth?) the free choice hay.

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post #19 of 49 Old 05-22-2012, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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1-2 flakes a DAY??? I'm really not surprised he's acting the way he is.

1-2 flakes where I board is a "oh I wandered by and gave the horses a snack". I would quadruple his hay and if he is gaining too much weight, cut back on the grain.

Horses are designed to graze on grass, hay and the like. Not get 2 giant meals of grain and nada in-between.
^^he gets a TON of alfalfa pellets...i was just saying flakes wise he gets that well as more than the suggested amount of purina enrich 32 in the middle as well as supplements...plenty of horses (most of which are also rescues) are on the same feeding schedule and don't have his problem.

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post #20 of 49 Old 05-22-2012, 01:58 AM
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More hay preferably free choice or at least close to.

Check for ulcers and be prepared to invest in anti ulcer products.
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