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post #1 of 12 Old 05-01-2013, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Skinny Yearling

So I'll give you guys a little introduction to my situation; I adopted my TB 3 months ago when he was 9 months old. He was a sorry looking colt. Very wormy and had a big ol hay belly.
He is now on a farm with 24/7 turnout. The pastures are grass and they also throw out a round bail for the horses to munch on. He was on 3 quarts (full scoop) of feed twice a day to get him back on track.

Now he is a year old and I have noticed that he is not increasing in weight as much as I'd like. The owner of the farm has cut back on the feed to 2 quarts twice a day. She says because the grass will be growing more now he will not need as much. I think otherwise. He is still skinny, so I think he could definitely use a full scoop. I'm also adding some T&A to his diet to help him bulk up a bit.

Does anyone have experience with getting weight on young horses?

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To me he looks good the weight he is.. gotta be careful throwin too much at a young horse..
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To me he looks good the weight he is.. gotta be careful throwin too much at a young horse..
I'm only planning on adding one flake of the T&A a day. Since the round bale doesn't add much nutrition. Do you think that would be too much? He is at about 550 lbs and should be somewhere between 600- 700 at this point
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I don't think he looks skinny at all, especially for a young thoroughbred.

Could be he's in the middle of a growth spurt. My yearling looks thinner when she is putting on height.


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I'm only planning on adding one flake of the T&A a day. Since the round bale doesn't add much nutrition. Do you think that would be too much? He is at about 550 lbs and should be somewhere between 600- 700 at this point
How tall is he?


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I don't think he looks skinny at all, especially for a young thoroughbred.

Could be he's in the middle of a growth spurt. My yearling looks thinner when she is putting on height.
I've had a few people tell me he looks skinny, so thats why I'm a little concerned. He's 13.2 at the withers and 14.1 behind. He's pretty much been butt high since I got him. I guess he might be going through another spurt. Heres another pic from a different angle

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I would much rather see a young horse on the lean side than heavy. He looks good.

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Ah, I think people are mistaking him being thin for just being narrow. He still has a bit of growing up and "unfolding" to do, especially through the front end. We had a yearling come in with less than great nutrition and she is similar to yours - narrow through the chest. But 13.2hh at 550lbs is not too far off. Lily was 550 when she was 13hh, now she's 14hh and 650 (she's being fitted though).

If you're concerned I would find a grain with a high protein/high fat ratio. Ours is a 12/10. Our yearling on light work is on 3/4 a scoop and my yearling being fitted is on 2lbs of that. But your guy looks good! A huge improvement since the last time we saw him, his hair coat looks really good. Maybe when you up his feed he would benefit from some gentle fitting? Some brisk hand walking should help build up his body.
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I dont think the mix is bad at all--I wouldnt feed him pure alfalfa tough.

depends on what cutting the round bail is really.. what kind of hay is it?

In the second picture he still looks nice. Im thinkin hes gonna be tall and lankey when he grows up, lol.
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Ah, I think people are mistaking him being thin for just being narrow. He still has a bit of growing up and "unfolding" to do, especially through the front end. We had a yearling come in with less than great nutrition and she is similar to yours - narrow through the chest. But 13.2hh at 550lbs is not too far off. Lily was 550 when she was 13hh, now she's 14hh and 650 (she's being fitted though).

If you're concerned I would find a grain with a high protein/high fat ratio. Ours is a 12/10. Our yearling on light work is on 3/4 a scoop and my yearling being fitted is on 2lbs of that. But your guy looks good! A huge improvement since the last time we saw him, his hair coat looks really good. Maybe when you up his feed he would benefit from some gentle fitting? Some brisk hand walking should help build up his body.
thanks. He is on a combination of two feeds that are high protein and fat (Calf Manna and Seminole wellness). So I'll definitely work on building up his front end a little more
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