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    04-24-2010, 01:42 AM
Originally Posted by sarahver    
I would suggest that he needs a rigorous worming regimen for the next six months along with a lot of extra feed, twice daily I would suggest to allow his digestive system to adjust to the new diet.
You might want to talk to your vet about deworming for tapeworm as well, which is basically double-deworming. It can make a world of difference in some horses!
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    04-24-2010, 03:36 AM
You could feed him "all in one" and cantering/galloping will help him build muscle. I agree with the other post, just hay isnt going to help him.
    04-24-2010, 10:17 AM
Green Broke
He gets fed hard feed as well :) but only once daily
He does get wormed regurulary as well he got wormed I think about a month ago now
But thankyou for everyone information what would you suggest for a protien food?
    04-24-2010, 01:40 PM
Green Broke
Can you tell us what is in the hard feed he is being given including measurements? Then it might be easier to give advice as to what to add however you should build a feed regime up gradually so the horse has time to adjust.

Personally, I like Mitavite Xtra cool as it shouldn't heat him up too much. I think it is roughly 15% protein and you feed it with equal amounts of oaten and lucern chaff. I would aim to feed 3kg of Xtra Cool with 3kg of Oaten chaff and 3kg of lucerne chaff a day (split into two different feeds, morning and night). Xtra Cool is good as it contains many of the supplements that he will need such as magnesium, selenium, calcium, vitamins etc etc. Also it is steam extracted which makes it easier to digest.

Another good product is Cool Conditioner, it is oat free, protein content comes from soybean, copra and something else, I forget. You use less of this product, roughly 2kg CC-3kg oaten chaff-3kg lucerne chaff but it works well.

Another good trick is to add a handful of black sunflower seads to the feed, they are full of omega 3 fats so will help with weight and will make his coat very very shiny!

Having said this, it depends on the horse and what you intend to do with him so you may find that this is too much or not enough. Don't look for instant results, with the condition he is in I would guess it will take a few months before you really start to notice a difference.

Don't be disheartened! The gray horse in my avatar picture was in far far worse shape than yours when I got her. It took about four months before she had put on weight, built muscle and was ready for hard work.

Hope this helps!
    04-24-2010, 01:56 PM
My horse when I first got him was skinny like that... He was an Welara and very high spirited. We gave him complete feed and wet beet pulp.. It seemed to do the trick
    04-25-2010, 12:26 AM
Green Broke
Ok I'm not to sure what the measurement is but its a scoop it would be slightly bigger then an icecream contanier I will look tonight to see if there is any measurement on it
But he gets 3-4 scoops of shandy chaff which has lucene in it then 1 scoop of mill mix and then half to a full scoop of pellets
Then he has full acess to meadow hay
Somedays they get let out to the grass paddock but not often as that is where the house is and either me or my friend have to be there to open and close the gate because her family doesnt really have horse sense
This is also the reason he can only get fed once a day as my friend likes horses and has her own pony she's not as really into them as I am and I would wake up early but then I would have to wake my mum or my dad to take me over there to feed
    04-25-2010, 07:16 AM
Green Broke
The scoop has no measurement
    04-25-2010, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
Ok, it is a little hard to read your post as it is ALL IN ONE SENTENCE!!! Ha ha not to worry I think I got it.

I know it is hard when you are young and don't have your own transport. Is there any chance you and your friend could share the feeding duties? Also, if there is a house on the property, would the people consider putting feed out in the morning if you prepared it the night before?

As for your current feed, what kind of pellets are you giving him? How long have you been giving him hard feed?
    04-26-2010, 01:55 AM
Green Broke
Haha sorry
But I'm glad you could read it.
The pellets he gets now are just pony cubes nothing special, I did have him on some equijewel pellets a little while back, but they weren't really doing anything special and were way expensive.
He has been getting hard feed for as long as I can remember him so about a year or so but not to sure what he was given before then
I will also talk to my friend about feed in morining as I think I can figure something out :)
    04-26-2010, 06:46 PM
I would concentrate on putting weight on him before you worry about getting muscle on him. It hardly matters how much you feed him if you're working it all off. Also, you need fat to make muscle.

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