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        06-22-2013, 02:53 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    We have a mare that's hard to keep weight on - sugarbeet was our saviour (beetpulp) and corn oil.
    In the last week or so she's started dropping weight and a visit from the vet today has confirmed she needs her teeth floating. She's 15 and had them done about 18 months ago and they were checked in January when she had her injections. She's nursing a rather big foal so keeping weight on her is vital so i'm hoping that the teeth will do the trick. She seems to eat constantly, but we noticed her dropping food this morning and along with the weight loss it raised a red flag. I'd definitely get the teeth done as a matter of priority - and another box ticked
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        06-27-2013, 11:21 PM
      #22
    Foal
    We do think he's gaining. One vet I had out was really negative and said he'd never gain along the top line but since I've been told he can. He's doing well other than our scary visit with the "mean" vet. :)
         
        06-28-2013, 08:41 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    I admit I didn't go through every response so forgive me if this is a duplicate. When I was trying to get weight onto my horse I modified his feed a little and put him on a half equal ration of pellets that contained beet pulp and then added rice bran on top of that. He was large boned Thoroughbred so took a quart of sweet feed, a quart of the pellets and a cup of the rice bran twice a day along with 3 flakes of hay three times a day. Once he picked up muscle and weight I dropped it back a little and took the rice bran and extra pellets out and swapped over to the senior feed and sweet feed mix (the senior has the beet pulp and rice bran in it already). The rice bran will put the shine into the coat. In ten weeks my boy was transformed.
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        06-28-2013, 08:59 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Hi, just wanted to add to what you said about your vet being vague and you weren't comfortable. I would look into another vet, maybe get some recommendations, knowing you can talk to your vet and get real honest answers to your questions is so important. I started with a vague type vet too, he wasn't a bad vet, but I switched to a new vet who discusses things with me and is available for a phone call if I have a question.
    You sound like you are making real progress and working hard
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        06-30-2013, 07:12 AM
      #25
    Foal
    Great transformation, tlking! He's a beauty!

    @sunnylucy...we did have an issue with the vet feeling like there was a conflict of interest since she has a partnership with the previous owner's usual vet. I'm willing to try her once more because since all this happened, everyone I've met in the horse world around here has said she's great and recommended her!
         
        06-30-2013, 07:15 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Bought the old man some rolled oats today. Still going strong and now soaking his Sr. Feed and mixing with the soaked beet pulp, corn oil and a leeetle bit on good pink salt. Have a couple supplements coming in the mail next week and picking up some hay cubes or hay pellets for him since I've been told he really can't chew his hay nearly well enough. I also had planned to switch from Purina to Triple Crown but instead picked up a bag of Nutrena's Sr...liked what I saw on the bag. Maybe I'll just mix several brands LOL since I am having trouble settling on one! Oh and I got got him a mineral salt lick since he is ignoring his pink himalayan salt-on-a-rope.
         
        07-01-2013, 01:33 AM
      #27
    Foal
    Soaked beatpulp is good for keeping weight on a horse
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        07-01-2013, 02:22 AM
      #28
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    I admit I didn't go through every response so forgive me if this is a duplicate. When I was trying to get weight onto my horse I modified his feed a little and put him on a half equal ration of pellets that contained beet pulp and then added rice bran on top of that. He was large boned Thoroughbred so took a quart of sweet feed, a quart of the pellets and a cup of the rice bran twice a day along with 3 flakes of hay three times a day. Once he picked up muscle and weight I dropped it back a little and took the rice bran and extra pellets out and swapped over to the senior feed and sweet feed mix (the senior has the beet pulp and rice bran in it already). The rice bran will put the shine into the coat. In ten weeks my boy was transformed.
    Incredible change! I had to look twice thinking it wasnt even the same horse.
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        07-04-2013, 07:20 AM
      #29
    Foal
    We're doing the soaked beet pulp and he likes it but he's kind of getting a pot belly and not getting muscle like we want. I really think he just needs to be ridden. I don't think I can walk him around enough (especially in this heat) to have it be enough exercise. He also won't lunge for me. I'm addressing that with our BM, who offered to help me with some training issues.
         

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