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    05-22-2012, 02:00 AM
  #21
Foal
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Originally Posted by HagonNag    
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.
there are actually a LOT of ottbs and other assorted rescues at the barn that are completely fine...some younger some older and none of them have this problem. He is on pretty much the best as far as enrich goes and gets plenty of that...he was NEVER like this when he was getting a lot less senior feed.
     
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    05-22-2012, 02:01 AM
  #22
Showing
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Originally Posted by MissTwoPoint    
^^he gets a TON of alfalfa pellets...i was just saying flakes wise he gets that much...as 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.
Decrease pellets, increase hay.

Horses need to be munching all the time. They are always hungry, that's how they are designed.

Also get him checked for ulcers and maybe put a few jolly balls in his stall so he has something to keep him busy. If he tried chewing on your leadrope, correct him right away. That's not good behavior.

Do you have a picture of him so I can see what his condition is?
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    05-22-2012, 02:26 AM
  #23
Foal

This (bottom right...scuz my face...it was the first time I got on him and I was extremely excited) is the most recent picture I have of him. He has put on more weight and muscle since the bottom right picture was taken (may 7)
The top left was at the shelter and the other two are other progressions since I got him in april. So this was all pretty much in the course of 5 weeks.
     
    05-22-2012, 02:30 AM
  #24
Foal
Hay hay hay hay hay. Far too many horses can handle a diet like that, sounds like you have one that can't. Ulcers would not surprise me one bit.
     
    05-22-2012, 02:34 AM
  #25
Showing
Yeah so just increase his hay and keep on working him and he'll be good to go :)

Just mind those bad habits.
     
    05-22-2012, 02:36 AM
  #26
Foal
I don't understand how every person on here as said it is his feed. He was on free feed at the shelter and gained SQAUT and was incredibly sickly. His vet has said that his diet is fine and (as I do understand that all horses are different) All the other horses are fine...and coming from a "training stable" that fed horses even less that were still healthy...This did not start until over a month after he had been started on this diet...if it were SOLELY his diet I highly doubt it would have taken a month to begin this kind of behavior. He is active so he isn't bored. I think I posted this in the wrong area as I'm looking for reasons as far as if he's in pain, if he's just being a pain in the butt baby OTTB gelding or any other sort of thing. His vet would have said something if he was not receiving proper nutrition and the resident Certified Eventing trainer on the property would have complained if horses were not getting fed properly as her own horses are on the same feeding schedule just with other supplements for different things.
     
    05-22-2012, 02:39 AM
  #27
Foal
While he may be my first sole ownership horse, I know when a horse has something wrong with his feed vs if there is something else wrong. He was incredibly level headed when I got him and had the greatest temperament literally up to a week ago. He now lunges at me, bites people, bars his teeth, runs over whoever is hand walking him, rears up at you, kicks at fences etc. I don't think all that could truly be related to SOLELY his feed.
     
    05-22-2012, 02:44 AM
  #28
Foal
Completely disagree. I would check for ulcers.

ETA: felt that was too blunt, so I'll elaborate. He's been with you on this diet for 2 months correct? That's enough time for him to develop ulcers due to the lack of forage. Ulcers = pain, and a good explanation for the change in behaviour you're seeing. Up the hay, check for ulcers.
     
    05-22-2012, 02:46 AM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by MissTwoPoint    
While he may be my first sole ownership horse, I know when a horse has something wrong with his feed vs if there is something else wrong. He was incredibly level headed when I got him and had the greatest temperament literally up to a week ago. He now lunges at me, bites people, bars his teeth, runs over whoever is hand walking him, rears up at you, kicks at fences etc. I don't think all that could truly be related to SOLELY his feed.
Diet is related to a lot of problems that can cause behavior changes like this. Check him for ulcers, as mentioned.

There's a link that should get you started. Also run your hands along the muscles on either side of his spine. What is his reaction?

When he has acted out, what have you done in the past to correct him?

How are the health of his feet (also diet related) ?
     
    05-22-2012, 07:15 AM
  #30
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MissTwoPoint    
^^he gets a TON of alfalfa pellets...i was just saying flakes wise he gets that much...as 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.

I understand your dilemma this is how they do it where you board. Humans don't have to have variety to be healthy. Liver is good for you but a lot of people don't like it. If your horse is stalled why not buy him a hay bag on your own and feed it to him? I'm sure his feeding schedule is designed to get the most out of him as far as nutrition but a horses mind needs to be nourished as well.
Hay is good for them it keeps stomach acid down, before I ride I always give my horse some hay, it is recommended to help keep stomach acid down. Pasture is good for horses teeth the silica in grass helps them to wear down their teeth evenly.
Free choice food gives your horse the opportunity to just be a horse.
     

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