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post #1 of 13 Old 04-11-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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TB is loosing weight

I have been getting Grace (13 year old TB) back into moderate work. I did it slowly and she is conditioned. I have been lungeing about 1 hour per day, and riding about 1 hour every day. I have been noticing her loosing weight pretty quickly...or she at least looks like she is.

I have had her for 10 months, so I am not sure what her body type is. Her energy has not gone down, and she is acting normal otherwise.

She is on a roundbale of fair quality grass hay as much as she wants, and she gets about 2 lb of beet pulp per day. Problem is....she won't eat more. I am giving her as much as she will eat and she's loosing. I think it is from the work load getting harder. I have been hand grazing her a bit as there is not enough grass to put her on pasture.

What do I do? Since she won't eat more...I am not sure what to do if I can even do anything.


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post #2 of 13 Old 04-11-2012, 05:18 PM
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Have the vet check her teeth out and also have s/he do a fecal egg check.

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Will she eat a pelleted grain, or does she object to foods other than beet pulp?
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I am planning on getting a dentist out ASAP...and I'm not just saying that; we have been planning on it.

She loooooves her pelleted grains. I forgot to add that she gets a pint of MVP pellets also.

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I would cut down on the daily hour of lunging; that's pretty hard on a horse's body. MVP has a very high percentage of protein (24%), so I would switch to something like Nutrena Prime or SafeChoice (I believe both are 14%). I would feed this to her with the beet pulp and possibly a weight building supplement at least two (three preferable) times a day.
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^^i agree.. 1 hour of lunging sounds like a lot..
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-11-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Since she is not on grass and just hay, isn't protein very important? Once she gets on grass we usually cut her pelleted grains out.

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Protein is important to an extent, but that amount of concentrated protein is more than I would feed. I feed 14% even when we don't have grass through the winter, and the Thoroughbreds stay at a good weight.
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The average 1,000 pound light working horse needs about 10% protein, hard working horse of same weight up to 14%. To much protein stresses the kindeys as they are constantly working to get rid of protein, and the horses are constantly peeing to get the protein out..

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post #10 of 13 Old 04-12-2012, 10:17 AM
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With that much protein, of course her energy level hasn't gone down! My horses would be trying to crawl out of their skins!! LOL But lunging an hour a day? An hour of lunging involves an hour of pretty tight circles. It can be hard on legs.
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