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        05-31-2013, 09:31 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Okay, so I decided to include a couple of pictures. Sorry that hes a bit muddy in both shots, but we have been having sooo much rain this spring and every time I clean him up, he gets dirty again almost instantly lol. But anyway, this first one is from about a month ago. He still had some winter woolies so its hard to tell but you could see his ribs just a bit.

    This photo was taken yesterday (May 30.) There has been a pretty good improvement in his weight, but I still feel like I have a little way to go yet. What do you guys think?
         
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        05-31-2013, 09:39 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    All I see is a lack of muscle tone but not even that much is needed.
         
        05-31-2013, 12:12 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I'd like a little more on the hind end for him.
    Like I said, more grazing, enough hay overnight, some alfalfa pellets, soaked, a vit/min supplement and I'd also consider the calf manna. At least until he's up to where he should be.
         
        05-31-2013, 02:04 PM
      #14
    Started
    I agree with DHW. One thing to keep in mind is that horses require 1.5-3% of their body weight in feed daily. The majority of that, if not all, should come from forage. Here's where it gets a bit tricky. The percentage is dry matter, so if a horse was on grass only, he would need to consume a lot more than if he was on hay only, because grass has such a high water content. Always feed by weight, not volume, and when soaking feeds such as beet pulp or alfalfa pellets, always weigh dry and then soak.

    Your guy looks like he needs a diet maybe a little higher in calories, and the right kind of exercise to build that topline. He looks more atrophied than malnourished, although it's always hard to look at your horse when their toplines get like that. I have had a couple get that way.
         
        05-31-2013, 02:27 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Thanks for the responses! I may post another thread in a different section (I don't really feel nutrition is the place I need to be to find out more about building his topline and working on his muscling. Lol). I have additional pics I can post too when I ask that. Thanks for all the advice. I'll keep working on him. :)
         
        06-01-2013, 10:43 PM
      #16
    Started
    Have you looked into ulcers? Candy was impossible to get weight on- she was getting 2 lbs of Rice Bran, 4 lbs of beet pulp, and I tried Cool Calories... and she was on free choice grass/Alfalfa hay in winter (now pasture). A friend recommended trying Dynamite Miracle Clay, I was very skeptical, but it worked. I have been feeding 1 ounce for 7 days and already see a difference. I am actually thinking I may have to start cutting back on the rice bran... she almost at a good weight! Dynamite Miracle Clay is supposed to help get rid of ulcers, sooth stomach and stuff. I was thinking she had ulcers for a couple months. I bought her almost a year ago, brought her to a horse facility 4 hours away from her home for 2 weeks on trial, and there she had very little turnout, then drove her home 4 hours away. When I got her she was obese- about a 7 on the scale, and in 6 days she dropped to a 5. She stopped there but this winter with some less than par hay at first, she dropped to a 3.5, then I found good hay, she went to a 4, and now she is about a 4.5, only taking a week. Anyways, this Dynamite stuff is a little nasty, it comes powdered, you soak it in a 1:1 ratio with water, and feed 1 oz once a day. It literally is mud. But it works! It is also pretty expensive, but my friend gets it for me half price, and if you are having trouble getting weight on after beet pulp, rice bran, pasture, and 24/7 hay, you may want to look into it! Anyways, that is my story.
         
        06-03-2013, 03:04 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Caseymyhorserocks, I hadn't even considered that! The vet is coming out soon for the boys' yearly shots/check-up so I am going to ask him about the possibility of ulcers. Thanks for the tip! :)
         
        06-03-2013, 06:03 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Senior horse

    Hi Chelz- Sorry to hear about the situation.

    I'm going through something like that right now.

    What I'm beginning to find out is, over time, like in your horses case...

    Over the 14 years of his life his stomach is getting barraged with chemical after chemical (never mind the weird stuff in the environment and the pesticides in the soil)

    My old girl's stomach is a mess. That was the reason why she had such a hard time keeping weight. I'm trying to fix that 1st.

    It's crazy what's going on...

    Check this out Horse Supplement Ingredients Infographic

    I just started to use probiotics and I'm starting to see her keep some weight.

    I'm still working with her but she's starting to make progress.
         

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