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post #1 of 13 Old 03-13-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Ways to add weight without buying expensive supplements??

Some info: My mare is 20 years old, registered AQHA. She is UTD on Coggins and vaccinations, trimming, worming and floating. But she is somewhat difficult to keep weight on.

Is there anything I can add to her feed to help her gain weight that won't cost me an arm and a leg? She is currently on free choice hay and Purina Senior feed.

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-13-2010, 03:29 PM
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What kind of hay is she on?

My older, hardkeeper TB mare maintains her weight very well on soaked alfalfa cubes in addition to her regular grain and free choice timothy/orchard hay.

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-13-2010, 04:27 PM
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The best way to get weight on a horse is pasture. If that's not possible, beet pulp is high in fat and will put weight on quickly. Other than that just keep free choicing her hay and her weight should pick up.

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Beet pulp is not high in fat. It's actually very low in fat and sugars (unless you buy beet pulp w/mollasses), and high in fiber. It's FULL of calories, which would also be good to put weight on. It's between hay and grain when it comes to calories per pound

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Look for Triple Crown SEnior. It is an amazing feed that does wonders where Purina fails :)

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Rice bran is also excellent at putting weight on a horse. I have found that with hard keepers it is actually cheaper to add this to feed rather than giving the horse excessive feed. Follow the instructions on feeding though becuase too much of rice bran is not good for the horse. It has been a while since I have had a horse on it so I don't remember exactly how much you are not to exceed a day- I "think" it is a pound. The rice bran also puts a gorgeous coat on a horse!
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What is she eating right now? Her diet could be causing her to lose weight. I know with my "hard keeper", it's a LOT harder to keep weight on him if I use sweet feed or any feed that contains corn, oats, or molasses. Once I took him off all those things, he was no longer a hard keeper!

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Follow the instructions on feeding though becuase too much of rice bran is not good for the horse. It has been a while since I have had a horse on it so I don't remember exactly how much you are not to exceed a day- I "think" it is a pound.
It's 2 lbs a day for the max amount. Most horses do well on one pound though.
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It's 2 lbs a day for the max amount. Most horses do well on one pound though.
Thanks! I think we gave ours up to 1lb a day, but couldn't remember what the max amount was.
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Rice bran and flax seed are supposed to be good for weight gain, along with making their coats shiny and helping them build lean muscle. I've never used them myself but I've been told they work great. Also, I would be wary of some senior feeds because a lot of them are packed with sugar. Read labels carefully.

My trainer gives her 33 year old horse Safe Choice pellets and it's worked the best out of all the grain she's tried. You just have to find what works best for your individual horse.

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