putting weight on a horse, how-to?

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    10-31-2010, 12:40 PM
putting weight on a horse, how-to?

I am in the process of purchasing a second horse. I will be paying for her over a 3 month period. Unfortunately I cannot afford to just pay in one lump sum right now so not an option. I must board her on the sellers property and pay board fee plus the payment until she is paid for.
The seller has several horses and times are rough, I believe the horse is not getting quite enough food, she looks to my inexperienced eye as if she has lost weight, every time I go to visit her she acts hungry, all the horses run up to me,
(to be fair I am usually there around what is probably close to their feeding time).
I am trying to drop off an extra flake of alfalfa and was going to add some supplements.
My first horse and love is boarded and an easy keeper, she is too fat and I have to be careful of keeping her supplements low carb etc..so I am clueless

Is there a potential harm if I give this horse too much or too soon. Would an extra flake of alfalfa and a couple scoops of integrity and omega horsehine a day be helpful??
I am trying to be careful to not offend the seller who I know really cares about her animals but I want my horse to be healthy. How long does it take to get around 40 pounds on a horse?

I forgot to add she is a 9 year old, 14.2 hand mare
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    10-31-2010, 01:06 PM
Green Broke
Do you have any pics? Is she eating grain now? Do you know how much she is feeding now? You could ask her politely or say that you plan on using her for some heavy riding and would like to start her on some grain for extra energy. See if that helps? What type of horse is this? Are you keeping her there after she is paid for?
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    10-31-2010, 01:24 PM
I am sorry she is a quarter horse?? But built a bit smaller than I would have thought though goodness knows I am a novice.
I will get some pics I am headed over there in an hour.
I really like your idea about the reminder I will be working her and tis true I plan on taking her on several upcoming group rides and I know she has been mostly sitting.
As soon as I get her paid off I plan on moving her to where I board my other horse.
    10-31-2010, 01:27 PM
Corn oil, corn oil, corn oil! It works miracles. Alfalfa hay puts weight on much better than Timothy, but it also makes a lot of horses hyper.
    10-31-2010, 01:53 PM
Green Broke
Before you feed grain just check to see what she's eating now. You will have to go slow at first when you start her on grain but slowly adding. That's good that she isn't staying there. Good luck can't wait to see pics.
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    10-31-2010, 07:32 PM
I am having trouble posting pics.
I used the tape measure and formula to estimate her weight today approx 780.
Currently I believe she is suppose to begetting a alfalfa (20%??) flake in am and grass in eve, no grain or supplements. I don't think she is getting quite enough
I wanted to take her an extra flake of alfalfa each day and then a 1lb coffee can of integrity lite with hoof supplemet.
When you say corn oil do you mean as in cooking oil?? And how much should you add?
    10-31-2010, 07:40 PM
Green Broke
She's lighter than my 14hh arab mare. Wow, if you put corn oil in maybe start with a quarter cup. I would give her more hay if you can. Grass is fine.
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    10-31-2010, 08:01 PM
When I bought my gelding he was really thin and I tried a weight supplement that you sprinkle in their grain. It worked wonders and he gained quite a bit of weight in just a few months. If giving her grain is an option, try this supplement...weight builder high calorie horse supplement. It's around 30 dollars but it works wonders.
Copy and paste this link into your browser and check it out. It works great.

Weight Builder High-Calorie Horse Supplement - 5808110 | Tractor Supply Company
    11-01-2010, 02:11 PM
Alfalfa will ONLY make a horse hyper if the horse is getting more nutrition than the horse can process.

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