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    12-23-2012, 05:54 PM
Are you sure about her having hay24/7?
I got a mare 300lbs underweight, put her in free choice alfalfa/ oathay, and 3lbs daily of the above mentioned Nutrena Life Design Senior and had her almost where I wanted her within a month. Check out what senior feed your barn offers.
The strategy is what my Snipper eats now, not even two pounds, plus some alfalfa pellets, soaked, and free choice mixed hay, mainly oat and 3-way, some orchard/timothy.
Should she ever lose again I'd put her right back on the senior, maybe together with a little ricebran.
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    12-25-2012, 09:46 PM
I've accquired plenty skinny horses. And I have found that the best way to get a horse to gain weight is to buy a cheap brand of plain yogurt, mix it with sweet feed and give them a shot of Vitamin D. A good friend of mine told me about the yogurt and I never thought any of my horses would eat it, but surprisinly they do. And the probiotics get their digestive systems going and the vitamin D gets them feeling good and hungry. They put on weight in no time!
    12-26-2012, 06:26 PM
She's working on her second bag of Strategy with the rice bran oil and i'm already seeing gains! But today she was totally full of herself.. hoping that's the cold and not the food lol

She gets hay at least 3 times a day. Most times she's thrown extra to make her have hay all day. Last feed time is around 7ish so normally late at night she's out

She'll apparently do anything for food... She's loose in the arena but really wanted that hay!
    12-26-2012, 07:06 PM
Don't know if anybody suggested slowfeeder haynets yet. I'd look into those. Especially for the night. Keep it filled, she will nibble all day long, eat slower, digest better, her hay lasts longer and she'll learn there is always something to munch on. Get two, so one is in use, the other filled, ready to be put in once the other one is finished.
    12-26-2012, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by phoenixbabey    
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:)!!
That's incorrect- Equimax is ivermectin & praziquantel. Quest is moxidectin, and Quest Plus is moxidectin & praziquantel. All of these (and most other wormers) will kill pinworms unless they are resistant, in which case you'd want to move to a different wormer class to kill them off (like Safe-Guard or Strongid)

I'd stick with your vet's recommendation

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