How to put 50 lbs on a horse
The horse I want to get is a 7 year old saddlebred that has been not taken care of well. She really needs to gain about 50 lbs. how can I do that? What should I feed her and how much a day? Thanks!
Well we need a bit more information to answer this.
How much is she ridden?
How much does she weight?
What is she currently getting feed?
SLOWLY of course. VERY Slowly.
Slowly increase hay, then see how that works out. Give her access to salt as well.
50 lbs isn't a whole lot by horse standards- if you just feed her according to your feed bag's instructions (using her ideal weight, not current weight) she'll probably come along just fine.
When I first got my boy in March, he had been on overgrazed winter pasture with a little bit of All Stock feed and needed at least 50 lbs. Within a few weeks of getting a decent amount of hay (~20 lb/day), rice bran (~1 1/2 lb/day), and a multi-vitamin (later switched to a ration balancer), he was noticeably improved, even though I was riding him 3-4 times per week. He's still filling out in muscle now, but looks like a completely different horse.
It's amazing what a difference a good, regular diet will do for a horse :-)
Before you can determine how to put the weight on her, you need to determine why the weight is missing in the first place - it may not be as simple as being underfed. Her teeth may need done, she may have an internal parasite load, she could have other health related issues, etc. Having the horse FULLY vetted is where you start....and that is an opportunity to discuss with your vet what she has been eating and what the best new feed program will be and how best to transition her to that change.
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