Gaining weight and muscle? (w/horse info)
I have a 4 year old thoroughbred mare, so naturally she will look on the skinnier side. But I would like for her to gain a little but more weight and muscle. I trot up and down hills, and we do topline and lateral work. As for weight, I want to try something that will gradually put weight on. Like some kind of oil I can buy from a grocery store. I got her on October 16th, so before I got he, she was basically a pasture ornament. Since then she HAS gained a little, I would like it if she would gain more. :) Thank you in advance!
Well, it has been said that corn oil added to their grain will put on weight & give them a shiny coat. I admit I have done that in years gone by and yes it works. Nowaday I believe we have better feeds that are not pure oil but more complex carbs & proteins which is healthier. Ask at your feedstore, they will steer you in the right direction. When I inquired at equine tradeshows, I was inundated with info, phamphlets, etc. Gave me all sorts of insight of what to look for, what to feed for etc. I am constantly asking at the feedstore for product updates from the producers.
Corn oil works! I like adding a little to their feed if they need to pack on some weight and shine up their coats. However, it is also important to feed a good balanced diet too. Corn oil can only help so much. What do you feed now?
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She get's 2.8 lbs of 14% Tucker twice a day.
What about hay?
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On a round bale of good quality mixed grass hay. When they eat that up, they get 1 or 2 flakes of hay twice a day. Especially now since it's cold. She is pastured boarded, so she's always somewhat on grass.
I have a OTTB. I have him on safechoice/ Beat pulp pellet mix and it has worked wonders.
I'm going to point you to this thread: http://www.horseforum.com/horse-trai...es-back-72621/
And then I'm going to give you a little bit of information that I know.
Ground poles, walking over them, trotting over them. Working up and down hills, long and low work, any kind of lateral work like leg yielding is great! Backing up is good for the hind end. Be careful about backing over poles.. it's better to teach them on the ground first and then do it under saddle.
Transitions from walk to trot, and then using canter to let the horse stretch out.
But good correct and consistent riding will get that muscle coming.
If you are looking for oil, corn oil supposedly has an improper balance of Omegas that can exacerbate inflammation. I feed Canola oil, which is supposed to be the best for horses, cheap at Walmart and does wonders for the coat and helps with weight. Purina Ultium is the best at adding weight, it's the highest in calories of (I believe) any grain. It's expensive, but you feed much less and you don't need extra fat supplements as it's also one of the highest in fat and has a beet pulp base. Good quality alfalfa will also help big time with weight gain and muscle development. It can make them hot at first, but most horses adjust to it, just ad a small bit gradually. If you can't get hay, get some good quality alfalfa pellets and soak them well. Also make sure she's getting the right amount of nutrition. If she's getting less than the recommended amount of grain, she may be lacking in vitamins and could be supplemented.
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