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    04-24-2010, 10:31 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
My guy is on grass plus a round bale in his paddock with his face stuffed infront of it. And he is getting 3lbs of purina ultium and 2lbs of purina senior per feeding, twice a day, and he is also getting Ultimate Finish 100 - and he's still ribby.

I would have him scoped for ulcers, first thing. And I would look into digestion aids.

I have my guy on SmartDigest Ultra, SmartGut, SmartB1 and SmartC through SmartPak.

All suggested by my vet, and the digestive suppliments have been helping to ensure that his digestive tract is working properly, plus he is getting pro and prebiodics to ensure that he is absorbing what he needs to be absorbing to help him gain weight.

Ulcers will really impede a horse from gaining weight, so you might want to look into that for sure.
I probably should have mentioned what supplements he already gets: TractGard, SmartMSM, SmartCalm Ultra, SmartBug-Off, and Black as Knight.

I'll look into alternate Ulcer treatment, but the TractGard seems to be working well. He hasn't given any indications of tummy problems since we put him on it.
     
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    04-25-2010, 12:35 AM
  #12
Foal
I would get him checked for tapeworms or hookworms and roundworms, tapeworms will take the first servings of food and all the extras you give the horse, the signs of tapeworms is no belly and skinny everywhere, hookworms is a bloated belly or full belly and skinny in the front and back area of horse. Make sure you deworm them regularly I give my horses 2 dewormers spaced out in the month I deworm them. Dewormers are made so that non vets can't over dose their animals. Most dewormers can be given 5 times the reconmended amount if you don't watch what your doing. You can over dose but it doesnt hurt to give alittle more. I have done it with my horses and their fine no signs of failure.
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Originally Posted by Supermane    
I probably should have mentioned what supplements he already gets: TractGard, SmartMSM, SmartCalm Ultra, SmartBug-Off, and Black as Knight.

I'll look into alternate Ulcer treatment, but the TractGard seems to be working well. He hasn't given any indications of tummy problems since we put him on it.
     
    04-25-2010, 09:26 AM
  #13
Started
What feed is he currently getting and what size scoop??

Is he getting free choice hay???
     
    04-25-2010, 10:05 AM
  #14
Trained
Agreeing with PeggySue here - I would definitely be upping his hay intake greatly.

Above all else, your horse should be getting more hay than anything else in his feeding regime. Forrage is the most important factor to helping your horse's stomache remain healthy, and working properly.
     
    04-25-2010, 10:48 AM
  #15
Weanling
Agrees with free choice hay. Feed a good feed with at least a 5% fat content or higher, and even mix that with steamed crimped/rolled oats
     
    04-25-2010, 10:51 AM
  #16
Weanling
Forgot to add, to give probiotics, or mix yogurt in feed. The good bacteria helps the hind gut and they use the food they're eating
     
    04-25-2010, 01:17 PM
  #17
Yearling
He's actually outside most of the time; He actually really only comes in to eat, ride, and be groomed now so he gets a lot less hay. Our grass is pretty thick already. They still have a little bit of their round bale out there, but the eating the grass.

He get 1 qt athlete and 2 qt Ultium Competition Horse Feed.
Purina Mills Ultium® Competition Horse Formula
Purina Mills Athlete® Horse Feed Supplement


I don't think he has worms because he is gaining weight. Am I wrong in that assumption?
     
    04-25-2010, 01:37 PM
  #18
Foal
No not at all I was just reminding you if you havent wormed you need to, because you don't want to waist your money on feeding worms. People tend to feed their horses more then they need, not knowing they could be poor do to worms. And too thick of fur is also a sign of unhealthy. My horse that has lungworms had real long fur that puffed out all over her, that's, a poor coat and a messy one so I just blew that advice about deworming that i've experienced. My paint here had barely any coat to shed off and she was fine all winter, I kept up with deworming even extra dosage. The 28 yr horse lost her winter fur very quick its because of the deworming. Have you ever heard of cushings desiese? I think worms might also trigger that in horses, cushings desiease is large amounts of shaggy coat.you still havent told me if your deworming your horse?
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Originally Posted by Supermane    
He's actually outside most of the time; He actually really only comes in to eat, ride, and be groomed now so he gets a lot less hay. Our grass is pretty thick already. They still have a little bit of their round bale out there, but the eating the grass.

He get 1 qt athlete and 2 qt Ultium Competition Horse Feed.
Purina Mills Ultium® Competition Horse Formula
Purina Mills Athlete® Horse Feed Supplement


I don't think he has worms because he is gaining weight. Am I wrong in that assumption?
     
    04-25-2010, 02:02 PM
  #19
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duma    
no not at all I was just reminding you if you havent wormed you need to, because you don't want to waist your money on feeding worms. People tend to feed their horses more then they need, not knowing they could be poor do to worms. And too thick of fur is also a sign of unhealthy. My horse that has lungworms had real long fur that puffed out all over her, that's, a poor coat and a messy one so I just blew that advice about deworming that i've experienced. My paint here had barely any coat to shed off and she was fine all winter, I kept up with deworming even extra dosage. The 28 yr horse lost her winter fur very quick its because of the deworming. Have you ever heard of cushings desiese? I think worms might also trigger that in horses, cushings desiease is large amounts of shaggy coat.you still havent told me if your deworming your horse?
Oh sorry, yes. He is on dewormer. We're paranoid horse owner... we do everything the vet even mentions and consult with him a lot. It does help though, we caught lymes relatively early.
     
    04-25-2010, 03:57 PM
  #20
Started
Cushings and worms are in no way connected if you have a cushings coat you would know it....


Can you get any other feed besides Purina??
     

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