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    07-21-2010, 11:14 AM
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Foal
weight gain, help?

Hey guys,
So my horse isn't gaining weight as id like.. and its really odd. He's not skinny, but his ribs are showing slightly so I want him to gain more weight, he came from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and then to Labrador for the summer, he was on free choice hay in NS as well as 2 litres of Hi-fat hi-fiber and he was a good weight, but he dropped some weight in Newf because he was just on free choice hay.. since he's been here since the beginning of May and he's gained a bit more weight but from what I've been feeding him I would think he should have gained way more..he had free choice hay and 2 litres of Hfhf along with half a water bucket of timothy alfalfa cubes twice a day.. he's now on pasture and 2 litres of co-op brand horse feed (only for the next week, I ran out of hfhf. He's also dewormed reg. Any help guys? Should I consult with the vet?
     
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    07-21-2010, 02:03 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Have you tried beat pulp? This stuff is wonderful for gaining weight. I believe you have to mix it; 1 cup of bp to 2 cups warm water. It should be soaked though, because it expands alot! Most horses won't eat it straight at first, so I mix it with sweet feed.
     
    07-21-2010, 04:24 PM
  #3
Foal
I've never tried it, but I heard that it gives horses excess energy, and he defiantly has more than enough. The thing is he's never been a hard keeper.
     
    07-21-2010, 06:46 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I wouldn't say it gives them excess energy as is very low in sugar. It would be worth a try just to see how he picks up weight with it & if he does get a little goofy you could always take him off it.
I've never had a problem with it giving my horses excess energy.
     
    07-21-2010, 07:21 PM
  #5
dee
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The only beet pulp we can get around here has been sprayed with molasses. However, we just soak it in LOTS of water, then drain it well before feeding. It helps minimize the molasses. The horses love it - even the one who's previous owner said wouldn't touch it.
     
    07-21-2010, 08:41 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Maybe take a look at this site:
The Myths and Reality of Beet Pulp - Susan Evans Garlinghouse
     
    08-10-2010, 04:45 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by brighteyes08    
Hey guys,
So my horse isn't gaining weight as id like.. and its really odd. He's not skinny, but his ribs are showing slightly so I want him to gain more weight, he came from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and then to Labrador for the summer, he was on free choice hay in NS as well as 2 litres of Hi-fat hi-fiber and he was a good weight, but he dropped some weight in Newf because he was just on free choice hay.. since he's been here since the beginning of May and he's gained a bit more weight but from what I've been feeding him I would think he should have gained way more..he had free choice hay and 2 litres of Hfhf along with half a water bucket of timothy alfalfa cubes twice a day.. he's now on pasture and 2 litres of co-op brand horse feed (only for the next week, I ran out of hfhf. He's also dewormed reg. Any help guys? Should I consult with the vet?
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    08-10-2010, 01:11 PM
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Foal
That was interesting, however since he's been back on hifhif with free choice hay and grass he's gained his weight back pretty quick. Its been just over two weeks and theres such a difference. I guess the Co-op brand is just ****.
     

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