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    05-07-2013, 02:18 AM
Thin Horse Progress Thread? Suggestions

Okay, out of 16 horses the only ones that get feed are the 6 mares and my personal gelding has dropped weight and it is killing me, they all dropped a few over the winter but he got ribby. Full time pasture and round bales, the freshest water you can get, actually people come and jug water that comes from the spring that feeds our waterers and lakes. Wormed regularly, teeth floated, no access to Triple Crown feeds or anything that you can't get from Tractor Supply, we've got a small feed store they sell a oat blend with alfalfa pellets but has no nutritional values on it so I'm weary of even considering it. I started him on a mix of Omolene 200 ( I think.. the red bag that's says performance on it), and Safechoice, but as per other members recommendations I will be moving to Life Design Senior. He gets a cup of Dumor Ultra Shine, Manna Pro Sho-Glo (mineral supplement), and half a cup of Canola Oil. I do not have weights of feed I will try to get them tomorrow.

Is there anything I can do differently to build him up faster. His mane growth is unreal, I swear it's grown almost an inch in a month. I will post a picture of him in next post.

Another huge question, I'm only able to feed once a day. Is it possible to feed him before I start riding the others, then feed him again 3 hours later when I'm done? Also I'm considering adding rice bran, what do y'all think?

Thanks in advance!
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    05-07-2013, 02:45 AM
His mane is growing fast in the 2 months on Sho-Glo but still, this is what he normally looks like, so he looks like a walking skeleton to me right now and it's killing me.

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    05-07-2013, 02:56 AM
Looks like most of that is muscle loss.. but he can definitely use more groceries! What kinda hay is the round bails? And can you get ahold of beetpulp?

Oh and how old is he?
    05-07-2013, 03:04 AM
He's 15 and yes can get beet pulp! Not sure on the hay I think just Bermuda grass hay, buy in bulk each year since 16 eat up a lot each winter!
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    05-07-2013, 05:50 AM
The slight weight loss in winter is actually quite natural. That way the rich spring grass will be less of a problem for a feral horse.
Changing over to the senior with the other things added will help already. You can add ricebran or up the oil.
If there is no other way, give him before and after riding, and raise the oil amount, give ricebran, rather than more senior.
It shouldn't take that long, now with spring here
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    05-07-2013, 02:32 PM
Great advice! I'll take more photos of him all around today and post them, in the 8 years I've had him I've never seen his ribs or sunken flanks so that's why I'm freaking out!
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    05-07-2013, 02:58 PM
It hurts a bit, I know.
You might want to watch herd dynamics a bit. Has anything changed, different horses, foals arrived or such. How do they eat off the roundbale, and how many bales for how many horses. Could be he lost his rank and can't get at the hay enough. Some extra piles spaced out might help already, by either giving him a chance to eat in them or by luring the higher ranking one's away from the bale.

Another possibility, get alfalfa hay, put him extra for the time you ride and let him go to town on alfalfa.
    05-07-2013, 04:24 PM
I'd switch him off the Omolene and onto either Senior or Strategy gx. For my underweight horse I used Senior, beet pulp, alfalfa pellets and corn oil along with a grass-alfalfa mix hay until he got his belly and ribs filled in and am now using Strategy Gx and alfalfa pellets with the alf-orchard hay to fill in the rest of him because I noticed the senior was all piling to his belly.
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    05-08-2013, 01:13 AM
Deserthorsewoman, actually since the foals started dropping, he stands at the fence line looking at the foals 70% of the time and nibbles on whatever little grass is left in that area. I guess he's a proud step daddy, but he needs to go on and eat!
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    05-08-2013, 03:55 AM
I had a gelding who had that identity crisis. He got super excited when seeing a foal and got all protective.
How about a slowfeeder net with hay tied to a fencepost where he stands watching his foals? Plus feeding him as I mentioned above while you're riding.

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