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post #1 of 5 Old 11-27-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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My horse I recently bought about 3 days ago is really skinny and malnourished. How can I put more weight on him? He is a 4 year old QH and I need suggestions. Like what kind of Feed?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-27-2011, 10:53 PM
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Free choice hay and a feed with a high percentage in fat, with needed minerals and vitamins introduced slowly of course. My horse is on Triple Crown Senior (he's only 10) because he is a hard keeper and he is doing really well on it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-27-2011, 10:59 PM
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1) Get the vet out to do a check, especially the teeth. There is NO way to go around this, especially with a rescued horse. Also have the vet do a fecal egg test for any worms in his poo.

2) Get him on a high fat/fiber diet. I recommend rice bran, beet pulp, and alfalfa a pellets if needed. Make sure you introduce the feed very slowly. You can kill a malnourished horse introducing a diet to an him/her fast. Also, have free choice grass hay, and plenty of room to move around, don't lock him in a stall, unless it is for quarantine reasons.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-27-2011, 11:07 PM
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To add, I think you should feed this horse separately till they get on their feet, like bring them in to eat their meals, if you have other horses.

But I second getting a fecal examine done and teeth floated. But get some weight on the horse first.. there can be bad effects when a horse is tranquilized underweight (assuming this horse isn't a perfect angel for the floating procedure)
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-28-2011, 09:23 PM
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Have the vet check his potassium levels and liver enzymes, too. Sometimes a skinny horse is a sick horse, not an underfed horse. If your horse's potassium levels are high, avoid high potassium feeds and hays at all costs.

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