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post #1 of 22 Old 03-28-2013, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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my horse does not like beet pulp or alfalfa cubes! Need help with weight gain.

My hubby and I rescued a 20 year old gelding in October. He was a bag of bones. My friend said to start feeding him at least 2 times (preferably 3) a day of alfalfa cubes and equine senior. We did that, soaking the alfalfa and mixing it with the senior. The devil would eat sit and pick out the senior and leave the cubes. Was told try beet pulp. Again, he picks out the senior and leaves the beet pulp. Since, all three of them have free choice hay, he has picked up some weight, but needs more. Even our other two horses turn their noses up at the soaked beet pulp and alfalfa cubes. What am I doing wrong? I have tried leaving out the senior feed to get him or the other to eat it and they just turn away from it. I have tried adding sugar, molasses, syrup, minerals, and suppliments. All three of them turn away form it. I have tried buying the senior feed in it and they will all pick it out. Are they just that picky? I need to get more weight on the old guy, but he seems to be fighting me every turn. The vet has checked him out and has said his teeth are fine and he is in good health just underweight.
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-28-2013, 09:31 PM
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You could try alfalfa hay. Feed a flake at a time. I've never seen a horse that didn't like alfalfa, but some don't like soaked feed of any sort. We had a QH that just flat ass would not gain weight, unless he was on pasture grass. We had teeth done, vet check, whole nine yards. We gave him to a nice lady who had acres and acres of pasture and only one horse. He's fat and happy now.
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Have you tried soy meal? Most times it's the acquired taste, but your horses seem a bit confused already, lol! My vet touts soy for effectiveness over beat pulp all day long.
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Use alfalfa pellets. A lot of horses wont touch the cubes. And don't forget to soak it. Alfalfa pellets will soak up a ton of water. I pour enough water to cover them then let them soak for about 5 min. Then I cover them in canola oil, for some reason my horse loves them when covered in oil. Or good alfalfa hay.
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Use alfalfa pellets. A lot of horses wont touch the cubes. And don't forget to soak it. Alfalfa pellets will soak up a ton of water. I pour enough water to cover them then let them soak for about 5 min. Then I cover them in canola oil, for some reason my horse loves them when covered in oil. Or good alfalfa hay.
I have tried the cubes and the shreds... I haven't tried the pellets yet that is probably my next step. My vet keeps saying not to worry that he will put on the added weight once the spring grass starts growing, but he looks like crap to me. What makes it worse is he seems to be making the others just as picky! I have tried soaking with cold water, soaking with hot water and they all keep looking at me like I am crazy. I have never seen such picky horses! My first horse would eat anything that didn't eat her first!
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Have you tried rice bran? It's supposed to be good for adding weight.
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Rice bran smells like cocoa puffs lol. There is a huge difference between the cubes and pellets. My horse will not come near the cubes but loves pellets. Otherwise get good alfalfa hay. Haven't seen a horse turn that down.
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No I haven't. I will ask the feed store if they have that. Someone else mentioned that to me on a different forum.
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Logan hated beet pulp and alfalfa cubes... But will inhale oats and alfalfa pellets soaked together :)

Black oil Sunflower seeds supposedly give them a glossy coat and helps with weight gain.

Keep in mind (pending his build) he may not pack on a lot. I bought Logan and he looked like a tank, but it was all fluff aka fat... I see "some" of his ribs year round, and he's been through blood work, fecals, daily wormers, etc. and he's been deemed healthy. He's just happens to be a very petite horse, unlike when I bought him *grumble*

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Do not give Black oil sunflower seeds (BOSS) to an older horse. They promote inflammation with their ratio of omega 3 to 6. I wouldn't give it to any horse but especially not an older one. Ground flax or flax oil is a much, much better choice.
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