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  • Speedi beet or mitavite breeda which is best

 
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    04-04-2011, 11:08 PM
  #1
Foal
Need Weight On, and Now!

Sigh, another post from me today xD

But this is for my friend's horse..

She has a 9 year old Thoroughbred mare who recently moved from a place with no ticks (the parasite) to a place with ticks. When she got here, the ticks completely and truly SMOTHERED her horse (they were inside the mare's ears, on her butt, on her teats, buried into her neck, etc), and the mare of course dropped lots of weight. Now, she is not "call the vet" skinny, but she definitely needs more weight on, but nothing they feed is working!! At the moment she is getting 2 feeds.
MORNING:
2 dippers of good quality lucerne chaff
1 dipper standard pony pellets
1/2 dipper of pollard

NIGHT:
2 dippers lucerne
2 dippers pellets
1 dipper pollard
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon of sulphur.

Now her other old horse is getting the same but he didn't get smothered by ticks, only the mare did, and the old boy is very nearly overweight. What can we do to put the weight on? The mare is also, not lethargic, but definitely has less energy compared to before the ticks.
     
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    04-06-2011, 10:57 AM
  #2
Foal
Id call the vet and get his/her opinion on the tick issue.also I think there is some fly sprays that will till tick. I'm not sure thought as I don't use fly spray very often.
     
    04-11-2011, 08:21 PM
  #3
Green Broke
An easy way is to just add some fat to the diet. The best way to do that is just pour some vegetable oil on the feed (up to 2 cups). Be sure to do this gradually, and increase about a tablespoon per day. It might even help some with the tick problem because it will increase the coat health as well.

You could always try adding more high-fiber, low-starch, high-fat feeds to her diet, or switch to a senior feed if necessary.
     
    04-11-2011, 08:22 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by mlkarel2010    
An easy way is to just add some fat to the diet. The best way to do that is just pour some vegetable oil on the feed (up to 2 cups). Be sure to do this gradually, and increase about a tablespoon per day. It might even help some with the tick problem because it will increase the coat health as well.

You could always try adding more high-fiber, low-starch, high-fat feeds to her diet, or switch to a senior feed if necessary.
P.S. You'll be able to see the effects in about a week once you get it worked up into a good portion of the diet, like 1 cup per feeding.
     
    04-11-2011, 11:19 PM
  #5
dee
Started
If you can get them, try putting yellow salt blocks out for her horse. It has sulfur in it and really helps with flies and ticks. Not a miracle cure, but does help reduce and/or eliminate the need for sprays. The sprays didn't work for us - it just made the flies mad and I swear they attracted the ticks!

You might also think about having blood work done on the mare. Not only can ticks cause anemia, but they carry all kinds of nasty diseases.
     
    04-12-2011, 05:07 AM
  #6
Foal
She has had the vet out, health-wise she is fine but she needs weight on. She is now switching to
2 x Mitavite Breeda
1 x white chaff
1 x green chaff
Plus sulphur, cod liver oil, garlic, salt and calcium supplement
     
    04-12-2011, 05:57 AM
  #7
Trained
What is she getting in the way of roughage? I'd be putting her on 2 to 3 biscuits of lucerne a day, and plentiful meadow hay.
Mitavite Breeda is good, you can also put some steam rolled or boiled barley in there which is great for weight gain.
Rice bran is another really good one and very economical.

Mine are fed Speedibeet and Rice Bran - soaked - , plus Pryde's Easi Result, Konke's Cell Vital, calcium supplement and MSM. My poor TB that I just got back off a lease has lost a huge amount of weight, and he has just been put onto steam rolled barley on top of the above diet, and he has stacked on the weight.
Both of mine are in a good paddock, the WB gets only 1 bisc lucerne a day, and the TB is getting a full bale of meadow hay, plus 2 biscuits of lucerne to pick up his condition.

Has your friend had the vet look at the horse? If not, she needs to get her assessed and possibly have bloods done to make sure she does not have any toxins in her system. Bloods will also show what she is missing in her diet, and she can be fed according to the results.
     
    04-12-2011, 06:01 AM
  #8
Trained
I forgot to add why I feed Rice bran and Speedibeet. Rice bran is very high in fat and rice bran oil (which you can feed separately in oil form if you like) which is great for adding condition to horses. It also contains pollard, which can heat some horses up, but if she's already on pollard I would certainly advise that she switches to rice bran. I pay $35/25kg bag, and it lasts me for 2 months.
The Speedibeet's role is to assist in digestion of the other feeds, on its on it does next to nothing, but fed with other 'hard' feeds, it allows the horse to take much more out of these feeds, meaning your feeding is much more economical and you can feed less of everything else.
     
    04-12-2011, 07:50 AM
  #9
Showing
A few things that have worked for my TBs for putting weight on:

1. Beet pulp, soaked for 4+ hours before served.
2. Oats, a cup with each meal
3. Vegetable oil. This stuff works miracles.
4. Free choice 2nd cutting hay
     

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