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    04-28-2010, 06:46 PM
Correction: You need protein to make muscle. Fat does not 'turn in' to muscle.

Put him on a good protein supplement like fat cat. TBs tend to do REALLY well with extra protein--a lot of TBs can inhale hay and never gain a pound. It will also help since you're only feeding grain once a day. Perhaps get a high quality feed?
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    04-29-2010, 12:25 AM
Green Broke
Ok thankyou, I will have to get something to give him protien, I may have to ask my local stockfeeds what they have in stock.
    04-29-2010, 02:35 AM
I would get yourself some weight lifter! I feed it religiously to my TB he's a18h and can get thin over night!! Good luck I know the pains of keeping weight on a tb
    04-29-2010, 03:06 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by RedTree    
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.
Yes, EquiJewel is very expensive, over priced in my opinion! The two feeds that I suggested in my earlier post (Xtra Cool and Cool Conditioner) are much more affordable. A 20kg bag should cost no more than $20-$25 (I think, it's been a few months since I bought feed in Australia) so will be much much cheaper and will produce the same result. If you are using an ice cream tub as a measurement, how big is it? If it is only a 1 or 2 litre tub I think you may need to double the quantities that you are giving him. As I mentioned before however, changing feed regimes should be gradual so introduce new feeds over a period of a few weeks.

Try adding the black sunflower seeds for some healthy fats also. If he has been hard fed for a year and is still skinny it sounds like there is an underlying health issue, or you are simply not feeding enough. If he doesn't put on any weight after a few months of increased feed you may want to have a vet out for a general check up and intensive worming.
    05-01-2010, 04:04 AM
Green Broke
He does gain wieght then he loses it again. But he has never been fat.
I will ask around to see if I can find the Xtra Cool and Cool Conditioner do I need both or just one? If one whuch would be best.
I think I will deffiniatly need to buy some sunflower seeds how many would I give him. Around a handfull.
    05-02-2010, 10:25 AM
Green Broke
Yup, a handful of Black Sunnie seeds should be about right, he'll love them I bet ;) You can choose either feed, you only need to add one. I like the Mitavite Xtra Cool as it is full of vitamins as well as a good protein feed. See how it works for you and your boy and if it works for him.

One of the reasons he may put weight on and then lose it is that TB's can be very sensitive to changes in season as there can be a big difference in the nutrients supplied in grass and hay. In spring to early summer the grass is full of nutrients, then at the end of summer when the grass begins to die, there is much less nutrition in it and this continues right through winter (it is approaching winter over there now right?) Even if it LOOKS like there is plent of grass/hay, there isn't much goodness in it this time of year so you just adjust you feed accordingly. Also, as it gets colder a good rug will help keep him warm which keeps condition on him too.

    05-02-2010, 09:24 PM
Green Broke
Ok thankyou soo much. :)
I wil go around to the local stockfeed to see if they have them in stock.
And I will also get some sunflower seeds.
But thankyou soo very much. :)
Your advice has been the best and you explained what I would need.
    05-02-2010, 09:53 PM
Also Try beet pulp, or rice brain, both are good to put on weight.
    05-02-2010, 10:10 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by RedTree    
Ok thankyou soo much. :)
I wil go around to the local stockfeed to see if they have them in stock.
And I will also get some sunflower seeds.
But thankyou soo very much. :)
Your advice has been the best and you explained what I would need.
My absolute pleasure, always happy to help people who clearly love their horses! Post more piccies soon
    05-02-2010, 10:24 PM
I'm going to go against the crowd here and say that in the first set of pictures I wouldn't want to see too much more weight on him - he is just lacking muscle. He is actually quite a healthy weight in those pictures - It is quite normal and healthy to be abel to see a few ribs on a TB.

The second lot of pictures though do show him needign a bit of weight.

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