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    05-18-2010, 09:16 PM
  #41
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Low starch does not equal low fat. Feeds such as Copra are extremely high in fat and yet are low in starch, sugar and NSC's.

The fact is, horses are not designed to process large amounts of starch and sugar - Bad things happen when they are made to. Horses are designed to be constantly taking in forage - bad thigns happen when they can't.

It has always boggled my mind that the majority of horses in the US aren't on grass, ever. I have never met a single person who keeps a horse off grass here in AUS, and it is rare to find anyone who has their horse stalled any more than just nights. My own horses are on grass 24/7.

In the rural areas, we definitely like grass. Ice came from a 24/7 grass situation, and up in Ocala there are acres and acres of grass fields. Or there used to be...I haven't been up through there since the drought got really bad though. A lot of people here on HF in the Midwest have 24/7 grass situations.The US though is mostly suburban area, where grass spots bigger than your car are hard to come by.

However, I will agree that we like our barns. I have no idea why.
     
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    05-19-2010, 10:05 AM
  #42
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
It has always boggled my mind that the majority of horses in the US aren't on grass, ever. I have never met a single person who keeps a horse off grass here in AUS, and it is rare to find anyone who has their horse stalled any more than just nights. My own horses are on grass 24/7.
I just moved to the US and I agree with you WildSpot in that all my horses have always been kept in paddocks on grass. The only time I use stalls is the night before a comp cos I wash them and want them to stay clean They need to graze, that is how their digestive systems are designed!! Luckily where I keep my horse here she is in a large paddock with plenty of grass, trees and other horses. One of the other owners mentioned to me the other day how horrified she is that her horse is kept outside with others and poor diddums has a couple of bites on him. Never mind that he is now working happily under saddle and a pleasure to handle, in stark contrast to how he used to behave at her last place where he was stalled 24/7 and completely nutty. But I digress.

The point I really wanted to make to the OP is that I think your OTTB looks great and I wouldn't worry about his weight loss, he looks like a healthy thoroughbred! Just needs some work to build muscle, I wouldn't like to see much weight added to him other than conditioning. Don't fatten him up, TB's should look fit and muscly, not podgy!!!
     
    05-19-2010, 10:12 AM
  #43
Weanling
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
It has always boggled my mind that the majority of horses in the US aren't on grass, ever. I have never met a single person who keeps a horse off grass here in AUS, and it is rare to find anyone who has their horse stalled any more than just nights. My own horses are on grass 24/7.
I live in southern california and there just isn't sufficant grass here to maintain a horse on year round. But what I do is provide grass hay 24/7 and 24/7 turn out (she has about 3/4 of an acre to herself) and I've had no issues. But I know what you mean, there are TONS of horses here, and across the US that are stalled the majority of the day- breaks my heart.
     
    05-24-2010, 03:02 PM
  #44
Foal
I agree with sarahver. Looks like muscle loss from not working.

More than likely he has had access to all the hay he could eat 24/7.
     
    05-25-2010, 09:48 AM
  #45
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The US though is mostly suburban area, where grass spots bigger than your car are hard to come by.
EH? The US I live in is mostly Rural.
     

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