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post #11 of 25 Old 12-16-2012, 11:00 PM
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My horse was SUPER skinny when I first got him, it was awful. He was about 100lbs underweight too. He came from a show barn, so I assumed it wasn't worms but I did the worming booster just in case. I fed him Strategy and a fat supplement for about 9 months and he did just fine on it. He gained a good amount of weight, but he never really filled out though.

Eventually, I started looking for something better. A very helpful employee at my local feed store educated me on different grains and ingredients. With her help, I decided to switch him over to Tribute Kalm Ultra and I love it! He's been on it for about 6 months now and he looks fantastic. I only have to feed him 1lb AM and PM, before he was eating 3lbs of Strategy AM and PM.

Kalm Ultra has less sugar which is better for all kinds of health reasons, and it has a higher fat content. Plus, it's got probiotics, omega 3 and 6, and a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals. It's about $17 per bag around here, but it's worth every penny. It's definitely worth a try, such a great quality feed.

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Just a suggestion! It's ultimately up to you. I really recommend learning about what different ingredients do for your horse, it's fascinating and it might change the way you look at grains all together. They are more than just tummy fillers!

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post #12 of 25 Old 12-16-2012, 11:13 PM
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Personally I find sweet feed to be bad with a capital B. I feed my big tb gelding with Extruded Barley and Easy Beet, it really helps a lot, as he can gain weight well on that and hold it there. I battled for ages trying to find a feed that would put weight on without heating him up (very difficult with him I tell yah!)

I also second the hay, very important she always has something in her belly to neutralize stomach acids, otherwise you could end up with stomach ulcers and then that is another problem that will cause weight loss aswell as everything that comes with ulcers.

If you find that she doesn't seem hungry enough or doesnt eat much, then start working her lightly, this convinces their brain that they need more food. I'm not really sure how to explain it, but if she is just a paddock puff while gaining weight, then she will only consciously eat to maintain, not to gain. If you work her a little, then she will eat to gain.. The feed lady I buy from explained it much better but it works for my boy hehe

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post #13 of 25 Old 12-16-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Oh trust me she eats... constantly.. she's a massive pig! I turn her loose in the arena and she searches for stray hay. We walk in the isle way and she grabs hay that may be laying around.. eats every last piece of her food you can find in the stall.
Which is another reason i'm thinking she has a good amount of worms still.

The more I read the more I think I need to just call the vet and see if I can drop off for a fecal exam. Although apparently they can't detect tape worm? Which I'm thinking the Equimax should have gotten anyways.. who knows..
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post #14 of 25 Old 12-17-2012, 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 View Post
^^^ you dont want to soak beet pulp for very long. It ferments. LOL. Dont want any drunk horses.
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We soak beet pulp pellets for 12hrs and have never had it ferment or go bad. We have a heated bucket and whomever does the morning feed tosses in a scoop of pellets and fills it 3/4 of the way with water. There is no way any of us are going to sit around while beet pulp soaks when it's hovering around 12 degrees outside!
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post #15 of 25 Old 12-17-2012, 02:30 AM
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Definately, and while your at it (if you can afford) then it would really be worth getting blood tests done, just to make sure she isn't deficient or have high levels of anything that could be causing her to not gain weight.

The other thing I can think of, is how are her teeth? I don't think they digest food properly if their teeth aren't good because they don't chew properly, atleast thats what I've been told :)

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post #16 of 25 Old 12-17-2012, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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I had a full vet check on her after I got her home. Blood was good and teeth were great.
Dropped off her fecal today and she had strongyles but apparently only 5 eggs showed on the test so he wasn't too worried about them just told me to do another dose of Equimax.

He also told me to get her a med. weight blanket for the days it's around freezing or below. Even though she's inside a barn... she hasn't really grown much of a winter coat at all so a blanket should help a little with keeping the weight on.

I got normal Strategy today since I had no idea which one I needed.. And a gallon of rice bran oil (not cheap). I made sure she would eat it and she didn't mind. She seemed a little put off by the oil though. The vet said he likes the powder version better so I may slowly switch to that in a month or so.

Can't wait for her to fill out! Also added some MTG to her main and tail ;) now my hands smell horrible even after washing them 4 times :( lol oh well.. I want her tail back!! Not sure if the sheep ate it or what...
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post #17 of 25 Old 12-17-2012, 09:13 PM
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To gain weight on her i consider lots of hay. & Hi fat Hi fibre grain! About 5cups, & she'll slowly but fastly gain weight.
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post #18 of 25 Old 12-22-2012, 04:56 PM
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I prefer not to soak beet pulp but to feed it dry. We only have one horse that cant eat it dry. I do soak my alfalfa cubes though because most our horses wont eat them in chunks. But beet pulp tents to work really well for adding some weight on a horse without adding a bunch of sweet feeds or extras that dont really do anything but come out the other end.

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post #19 of 25 Old 12-23-2012, 01:54 AM
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Please don't be in a hurry to put weight on. Your horse isn't that underweight, and Arabs aren't going to be well-muscled Quarter horses, their frames are unique.

Deworming depends on a lot of factors, and yes, rotating dewormers is important as well as giving your a horse a probiotic when you deworm. Please ask a vet for a protocol to use. Dewormers are poison, you don't want to screw around with that stuff.

Arabs are generally pretty easy keepers who do best with a simple diet of quality grass hay, salt and mineral trace block, fresh 24/7 water and some yummies just because. :) If you want to give a little extra feed, I would provide your horse with some alfalfa pellets.

I wouldn't give any oil, I would just be patient. The best advice I can give is to keep it simple, ask questions from experienced people at your barn whose horses look and act in the pique of health.
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-23-2012, 04:56 PM
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Okay she might have this parasite my horse had, first you need Equimax (it has moxidectine in it (spelling) or nything else with (moxdectine) in it.) and give that to her then wait two weeks then give it to her again. The only thing you need todo then is to get pin wormer and do the same two weeks apart then you can go into a regular working scedual.!!!

The only thing wrong with Equimax is it doesnt do pin worms:)!!
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