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    12-01-2010, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by Emsm15    
Hello all,
I have a 4 year old off the track thoroughbred gelding who is about 170lbs underweight. He was at least 200lbs underweight when he was given to me due to his owner moving in Dec. He had started to gain weight and look better. However after gaining about 30lbs, his weight gain has come to a stop.

Here is what he is currently being fed:
AM: 2 flakes Orchard/Timmothy mix hay, 2lbs 12% pellets and 2lbs Triple Crown Senior.
PM: 4 flakes Orchard/Timmothy mix hay, 2lbs 12% pellets, and 2lbs Triple Crown Senior. Plus 4 ounces of Hard Keeper.

So as you can see he has a lot of food daily. But he has yet to put on any more than 30lbs. As any young TB, he gets really hyper on any kind of sweet feed. So anything that would make a horse hyper is out of the question, as he has too much energy without sweet feed.

As the year comes to an end and as the weather starts to get cold, I am concerned about him being underweight. Any suggestions on things that may have worked for you or any of your friends. I would greatly apreciate the help.

Ah, yeah a year ago I got a twelve year old thoroughbred and he was RIDICULOUSLY skinny. A ranch hand told me to feed him one scoop of Barastoc Calm Performer with three of oaten chaff, which is good 'cause it won't heat them up at all. I found this wasn't really enough, so I now feed him:

1 1/2 scoops Calm Performer pellets
3 scoops oaten chaff
1 cup of oil (vegetable oil is fine)

If you feed this regularly your horse will gain wait slowly but steadily. Don't be disheartened if you don't get instant results as my horse still needs some more work especially on his topline. Walking and trotting your horse will definitely help. A friend of mine also said adding two scoops of Economix flakes to your horse's feed will help.

Calm Performer is about $15 per 20kg bag in Australia.
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