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post #1 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Stoney's Weight Gain Thread *Pics*

Ok, so a little background on my horse.

I got him 2 years ago, and he was 10 years old. He had been sitting in a field for the past 3 or 4 years, without doing any work. He was scrawny, and thin. (Picture Number 1. Ignore my friends wierd expression) I rode him once, didnt "love" him. But bought him anyways, i couldnt bare to leave him where he was. When i brought him home, he was put in a large field with a few other horses. Every second day i would go out and lunge him and work on his ground manners (he was a little pushy). After he had put on a decent amount of muscle i started to ride him a few days a week.

He put on quite a bit of weight that summer. (Pictures 2 and 3). I brought him to a horse camp with me where i rode him about 4 days a week for 5 weeks. He really started to muscle up nicely (Pictures 4,5, and 6).

Then when i got home i brought him to a barn with an indoor arena. We started out jumping lessons, and progressed nicely. However, he was at the bottom of the totem pole and lost some weight again. (Sorry, dont have pictures of this)

Fast forward about 6 months. We're now at a new barn, things werent working out at the old one. My horse wasnt being fed (even though it was included in my board costs) and i wasnt treated fairly. (Pictures 7 and 8) We're now at a beautiful barn, and its time to start rebuilding muscle on my boy. Starting this weekend he will be on weight gaining feed and muscle supplement as well as free choice hay. He's going to be hacked 2-3 times a week, and jumped once a week. I'll update pictures regularily!

Any advice, or words of encouragement are welcome!
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-18-2012, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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As well, and arena excersises that will help build muscle along his top line would be greatly appreciated.

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-19-2012, 12:40 AM
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Poor boy. He's not terribly skinny, but he sure doesn't look healthy & needs some weight & TLC. I personally wouldn't ride him until he's put on a bit of condition & muscle. If you do, I'd do little & more bareback. Don't fit a saddle to his current shape, but ensure it's roomy enough for him to grow into, and continue re-evaluating saddle fit regularly as he gains.

Re diet, don't try to pump it into him immediately, but start small & gradually build up over 2-3 weeks. Little & often feeding is the best, especially if he's getting anything high starch(which isn't great) &/or fat/oil. If you can't feed more than a couple of times daily I'd avoid those kinds of ingredients. Considering his condition & having been apparently starved, I'd also be inclined to give him a pre/pro biotic. I'd also find a good complete supplement or ration balancer.

That angular sacro area & puny looking hind end may benefit from some bodywork & I'd consider jumping may not be the best for him.

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The vet came out and said he's fine to by jumped and ridden, as long as its not too high. She said he would only benifit from the excersise.

Do you see those withers?! Bareback is just painful. I ride him in my medium tree saddle with a regular pad, and a half pad.

What would you recommend for food?

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Well, I'm not much help in the weight department, but I feed high fat feed to my horsies, and sometimes mix in high-fat vegetable oil. The veggie oil not only increases weight, but makes their coat shine. I would check with a vet before making any changes in his diet first, just to be safe. Sorry I couldn't help more! Good luck
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I'm a bit at a loss as to the vet's statement - it would be one thing were she to be supporting some light exercise to begin reconditioning him - but it's quite another that she actually said you should go straight on into jumping (regardless of the height). He needs to be brought back slowly and should only begin jumping work once he has had the opportunity to become fit and reconditioned. I would start on the ground and work up from there with LIGHT riding in short sessions that increase as his fitness and stamina increase.
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I agree with the person above as well regarding pacing his riding activity at first. Again good luck and keep us updated with his progress:)
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The vet came out and said he's fine to by jumped and ridden, as long as its not too high. She said he would only benifit from the excersise.
OK, I'd personally consider consulting a good bodyworker, who understands better about all that.

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Do you see those withers?! Bareback is just painful. I ride him in my medium tree saddle with a regular pad, and a half pad.
Yes, high withered horses can be a... challenge to ride bare! Bareback pad?? Yeah, have no idea whether or not your saddle fits him of course(tho 'medium' gullets can mean pretty narrow, depending what sort), but considering his lack of muscle, I wouldn't personally be putting much in the way of constant pressure on him, as with ANY saddle, if you're wanting to build him up.

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What would you recommend for food?
Low starch/sugar & high fibre. Constant access or little & often feeding. Long stemmed(hay) roughage is generally best. Well balanced nutrition. FeedXL.com is one great resource for working out the confusion of balancing diets & finding the right products for your horse. Some high energy but low sugar 'hard feed' options include; lucerne/alfalfa, beet pulp, soy hulls, rice bran....
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Low starch/sugar & high fibre. Constant access or little & often feeding. Long stemmed(hay) roughage is generally best. Well balanced nutrition. FeedXL.com is one great resource for working out the confusion of balancing diets & finding the right products for your horse. Some high energy but low sugar 'hard feed' options include; lucerne/alfalfa, beet pulp, soy hulls, rice bran....
He has free choice hay in his field, and i'll definitely look into those feeds. I've heard beet pulp isnt fantastic because it doesnt have a whole lot of nutrients. Is that true?

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No offence, to all of you, but honestly, im going to take the advice of my vet. Ive been jumping him for the last year without any problems, so i see no reason to stop

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