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        08-27-2008, 11:29 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by booner
    3 neighs, may I ask how long it took to fatten up your horse? She looks beautiful.I wish I had pasture for our boys.It sure would help the process Im sure.Wish me luck and knowledge getting Butler bulked up before winter hits us.
    Of course you may and thank you! I got her in June last year and she was at an ideal weight by fall. This was taken just four weeks after bringing her home and you can see quite a difference already:



    I'm sure you will do well with your horse.
         
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        08-28-2008, 01:24 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Solon
    Even feeding more hay I think would help!
    You could throw all the hay in the world at my TB, alfalfa hay too, and it would do no good. The girl consumes massive amounts of grain, corn oil, etc to keep the pounds on. :(

    I imagine the weather has played a role in some folks pastures... and the fuel cost increase has jacked up grain prices ( fuel to work the ground, fuel to plant, fuel to harvest it, fuel to get it to the mill, fuel to deliver the finished bags to the retailers.) I am surprised the cost per bag hasn't doubled.
         
        08-28-2008, 09:27 PM
      #23
    Cat
    Green Broke
    Another thing to consider is that drought- condition hay can be missing nurtients such as vitamin E or have too much nitrate. Either can cause problems.

    Here is an article that talks about Vitamin E problems with drought grass and one of the symptoms is weight loss. People could be throwing hay like crazy at their horses and not realize that it is deficient.

    http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9775
         
        08-28-2008, 10:32 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Yeah maybe the truth but are do you think these horses are a tad slim on purpose or the owner is just struggling to put weight on them or in the process of the horses weight gain program?
    Cause my horse could be considered one of those horses.

    But he gets feed twice a day, his teeth are due soon but have been done on a yearly basis. He is in good condition but I am just working on his weight & muscle as he had a hard finish to his race career & is recovering after a break, an injury only just recently returned to work
         
        08-28-2008, 11:48 PM
      #25
    Banned
    I know in NY soooo many farmers have lost some of their fields. So hay is really hard to get, and really expensive. I think bales of hay (square bales) are up to $7.50 a bale.
    Our friend said he is having such a hard time keeping up with my old BOs orders because two of his fields got ruined this year.

    Thankfully where I board now grows their own hay and has probably 100+acres to get their hay from.

    My problem is getting the weight off Sonny
         
        08-29-2008, 01:27 AM
      #26
    Started
    Weren't you fighting to put weight on sonny this summer???,
         
        08-29-2008, 06:16 AM
      #27
    Trained
    I thought I might add some before and after pics of my girl

    This was the day I got her


    This was a bareback class at our pony club formal day exactly 9 months to the day since she came to us. Pony club events are not my usual cup of tea but good for getting her back in to the swing of things. We were doing a bareback class here
         
        08-29-2008, 06:22 AM
      #28
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
    I know in NY soooo many farmers have lost some of their fields. So hay is really hard to get, and really expensive. I think bales of hay (square bales) are up to $7.50 a bale.
    Our friend said he is having such a hard time keeping up with my old BOs orders because two of his fields got ruined this year.

    Thankfully where I board now grows their own hay and has probably 100+acres to get their hay from.

    My problem is getting the weight off Sonny
    that so cheap!!!!!! We are paying $22.50 a bale for hay at the moment. We would be in horse feed heaven if it was only $7.50 a bale :)
         

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