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  • Can horses hold hay in their cheeks like chipmunks
  • Weight gain PSSM horse

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    06-27-2013, 04:19 PM
  #41
Trained
Possibility is there. Maybe something similar to a nervous stomach in people. She does have a pretty stressful life....all that transporting. And combined with hard work.
I would feed her like she has it, take it VERY slow with work and see if it has any effect.
I had it resolve itself, just with diet change, in a young OTTB, within about 6 months. Turnout all day, free choice grass hay, a low starch pellet. He smelled BAD, sour kinda, was colicky, tucked up, cribbed, raised he&& at feeding time.....not too happy. It all changed, slowly, but it did.
     
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    06-28-2013, 07:21 PM
  #42
Green Broke
We shall see! Thus far, the increase in grain doesn't seem to be having any negative effects. No increased sourness or girthy-ness. Rode her at a walk/trot, and all was well.

She's currently eating her 6 pounds of grain divided between two meals. 3 pounds of grain at a time looks like a lot though. Should I be further dividing it?

Also, how long till I begin to see her gain weight if this is working?
     
    06-28-2013, 07:53 PM
  #43
Showing
She will get more out of the grain if spread to 3 x daily. I always recommend putting it in the largest surface are you can find as it will slow her down to nibbling. With deep containers some will fill their cheeks like chipmunks and much of it isn't chewed. Guess how fast that goes thro? It takes about a month to notice a difference. Do carefully consider what you feed as dietary imbalances can be created if the horse gets too much of a certain mineral which can create deficiencies in others.
     
    07-01-2013, 02:16 PM
  #44
Green Broke
Weight taped today. Says she's gained about 10 pounds in one week. Slightly more than a pound a day!

I'm only at the barn in the mornings, so she's been eating three meals a day. First one is at 8:30 AM is 1.5 pounds and a half a cup of oil. Second meal at 11:00 AM and is also 1.5 pounds and half a cup of oil. Third meal at 8:00 PM is three pounds of grain and one cup of oil. Not quite evenly divided, but better than nothing.

She gets supplementary Vitamin E and Selenium, but I've checked to make sure she isn't going to OD on the selenium. And you can't over dose vitamin E, so yay.
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    07-06-2013, 10:59 PM
  #45
Green Broke
Here she is today. You can still see her ribs (can't tell as well in this picture because of my nasty camera phone), but she's starting to fill out in her butt.





     

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