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    02-20-2012, 10:58 PM
Horse underweight

Purchased a 9 year old Appendix horse 2 n half months ago and he was underweight. Time has passed and I've noticed that he's gained some weight but not enough I could still see his ribs. Would like to know if what im feeding is correct.

6 quarts grain 10 percent sweetener
3 quarts of crimped oats
4 oz of weight builder = 2 scoops
2 oz vegetable oil
1 brick alfalfa hay

I feed him once a day and I ride him twice a week normal riding nothing hard working. Don't have time to feed twice a day due to work and school, but will that amount help him gain weight?

Forgot to add I dewormed him 2 weeks ago so he's clean.
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    02-20-2012, 11:03 PM
Green Broke
By "brick" of alfalfa - are you referring to a flake or a bale? Either way, what is the weight of this alfalfa?
Does he have access to hay outside of the once daily feeding?
Honestly, I see room for some improvement in the grain as what you are using is not the most effective, or healthiest, formula for weight building imo.
    02-20-2012, 11:04 PM
Can you elaborate for the "1 brick alfalfa hay" I have never heard that expression before.
    02-20-2012, 11:05 PM
Green Broke
Additionally, you can't assert that he is "clean" simply because he was dewormed two weeks ago.
    02-20-2012, 11:06 PM
Is he on pasture as well? If not, you need to up his hay intake, he needs to have roughage (hay, or alfalfa hay) at least twice a day. I would cut back on all those concentrates you are giving him as well. How much is a brick of alfalfa? He needs at least 40 to 50 lbs a day. For grain, I would opt for a high fiber extruded feed, ask at your feedstore what they recommend.
    02-20-2012, 11:13 PM
To add to what themacpack said, you should ask your vet if you can send in a fecal sample.
I'm curious to know what a brick is as well?
    02-20-2012, 11:13 PM
Flake which is couple pounds
    02-20-2012, 11:15 PM
I thought to much alfalfa was bad and may get horse hot
    02-20-2012, 11:15 PM
That is why your horse is skinny, he needs more hay. As I said, about 40 lbs worth over 2 feedings at least, more if possible.
    02-20-2012, 11:16 PM
Green Broke
Are you feeding any additional forage - either grass hay or pasture grazing??

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