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  • Feeding an arabian horse having trouble putting weight on it

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    10-21-2013, 04:24 PM
  #11
Foal
He is out with five other horses. I think I'm going to slowly get him going on beet pulp or something, he's low in the herd hierarchy so I bring him into the barn to eat his dinner. I WISH he was an easy keeping arabian!! I know so many! It took a lot to get weight on him after I bought him, which is why I'm frustrated that he's dropped so much weight. But I knew him being out 24/7 was going to make rations a bit more challenging. The place I'm keeping him said they will be putting round bales out in the next month once they pull the kids off the pasture for the winter, so hopefully he packs on some pounds this winter.
     
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    10-21-2013, 04:38 PM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by DoubleOEquestrian    
He is out with five other horses. I think I'm going to slowly get him going on beet pulp or something, he's low in the herd hierarchy so I bring him into the barn to eat his dinner. I WISH he was an easy keeping arabian!! I know so many! It took a lot to get weight on him after I bought him, which is why I'm frustrated that he's dropped so much weight. But I knew him being out 24/7 was going to make rations a bit more challenging. The place I'm keeping him said they will be putting round bales out in the next month once they pull the kids off the pasture for the winter, so hopefully he packs on some pounds this winter.
Okay, now that we know a little bit more....
Definitely alfalfa or alfalfa-grass pellets, soaked. Best would be two meals.
That alone should help a bit. He's probably dealing with ulcers too, considering his previous living situation. The roundbale will help with that, if he gets a chance to eat from it. I'd be watching closely. If he keeps getting chased off the best roundbale won't help. I'd get some slowfeeder nets in that case, fill them from the bale and hang them on fence posts, a little spread out so it's too much trouble to chase him off.
Having roughage available at all times is the most important thing in getting him up to weight, not get cold and take care of eventual ulcers.
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    10-21-2013, 05:29 PM
  #13
Banned
Yep deserthorsewomen is good so listen to her advice she's helped me with my horse. Nothing to add its already been covered.
     
    10-22-2013, 11:21 AM
  #14
Foal
Thank you SO much guys!! I really appreciate your help. I will have to get the vet out to check for ulcers to see if that might be something we are battling against. And I have modified my work schedule to accommodate feeding twice a day, plus then I can check on him and maybe sneak him some hay. You guys are awesome thank you
     
    10-22-2013, 12:05 PM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by DoubleOEquestrian    
Thank you SO much guys!! I really appreciate your help. I will have to get the vet out to check for ulcers to see if that might be something we are battling against. And I have modified my work schedule to accommodate feeding twice a day, plus then I can check on him and maybe sneak him some hay. You guys are awesome thank you
Keep us updated, please.
oh, and nobody gets away with not posting pictures.... especially Arabians
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    10-22-2013, 04:12 PM
  #16
Foal
I will get some pictures up ASAP. I am a n00b, but yes that is no excuse, especially for an Arabian owner :)
     
    10-23-2013, 11:23 AM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Keep us updated, please.
oh, and nobody gets away with not posting pictures.... especially Arabians
Ok pics are up! Not sure why some are sideways, but I can't figure out how to flip them....but now I have pics of him :) Trying to get ahold of some baby pics of him from his previous owners so hopefully I'll have those to add at some point! :)
     
    10-23-2013, 12:13 PM
  #18
Trained
Is he on allbreed by any chance?
Pretty boy!!
Is the full body clip pic recent?
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    10-23-2013, 02:30 PM
  #19
Foal
I can't find him on allbreed. The full body clip was in March before the MoKan Border Bonanza where he went reserve champ halter gelding. The most recent ones are of him all fuzzy and me bouncing around trying to look like I know how to ride :)
     
    10-23-2013, 04:41 PM
  #20
Started
I actually pull hay off the round bale when I have one and make extra piles so the low man isn't run off the food. In the dead of winter I have at least 2 round bales going so they are never out.

Right now I have only one round bale out there and I made 6 other piles. Only have 3 horses out there and there still is some grass but it's pretty much quit growing at this point. Maybe a little overkill on my part but I can't stand seeing anybody run off their meal.
     

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