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        07-16-2013, 02:10 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I have alfalfa cubes but I stopped giving them because it thought it was like a treat/sugar and would make my horse fat and not help with her hay belly :/
         
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        07-16-2013, 02:11 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Alfalfa is low in sugar. Only makes easy keepers fat if they get to gourge on it.
         
        07-16-2013, 02:18 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Ok so I should keep on giving them without any problems? What else is good to help get rid of the hay belly and good for the muscles
         
        07-16-2013, 02:23 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Exercise :) you said you have poles to trot over, that will help. Getting her working from behind (I'm no trainer so can't help with that). Also make sure that belly isn't worms.
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        07-16-2013, 02:32 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Even when she gets dewormed the hay belly never goes away... and even with exercice it doesn't :( I can't do it every day either so that's why I thought some feed would help. When I bought her she was on some kind of feed, no hay belly it was super nice and she was off all winter, no exercices.
         
        07-16-2013, 02:41 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Ask the previous owners what she was getting. And just because you deworm doesn't mean you dewormed for the correct thing. They could have been feeding better hay. Hay quality will make a huge difference. It was the driving factor why I ended up moving my mare.
         
        07-16-2013, 06:28 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    It's possible your horse isn't getting enough quality protein and that's inhibiting proper muscle development. Lysine is an amino acid that is often lacking. You can find lysine supplements, but a good ration balancer (like the one I use, Triple Crown 30%) often has enough in it (combined with good quality hay or grass). Here's an article about protein & lysine: Beyond protein basics

    You also have to not just exercise your horse, but exercise him in a way that gets him rounding and lifting his back to build topline.
         
        07-17-2013, 12:14 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Alright so just buying a protein supplement would be good to add with the vitamins and alfalfa cubes instead of the patriot 12% ?

    I've asked what feed she was on before I bought her and she was on a feed called Ovlac (a mixture of grains) given with flax and mineral supplement
         
        07-17-2013, 08:35 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Hmm google didn't find much info on ovlac other than it looks to be a sweet feed. I'm guessing the flax is what was keeping her healthy. It is a great weight supplement and it does wonders for their coat and overall health.

    You can start adding flax to her alfalfa and vitamins and see how that works for you. You can just grind the flax yourself or you can buy some stuff called Omega horseshine.
         
        07-17-2013, 09:12 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    I feed whole flax and it works fantastically!
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