Trying to make my horse gain weight!
When I first got my horse he was in excelant heath and weight then after be brought him to the boarding place about 3 weeks in we noticed his hay was disapearing and not going to his stall and later on figuring out hay was getting stolen right out of his stall we left there really soon after that. I brought him to the new place really great they just dont feed the most best quality hay and only feed 2 times a day. He has lost quite abit of weight and it was hard for me to notice because I see him everyday. I put him on MoorGlo rice bran he has been on it for about 3 weeks now I see alittle bit of improvement but I want to know how I can get him to gain weight on his top line where his ribs are and all over. Should I get my own hay and feed him more I dont want to pay for them to feed more of there hay because I dont want him to get a hay belly and he wont get much nutrition from it. PS the hay we feed out here is alfalfa and Bermuda right now he gets 1f of alf and 1f of Bermuda in the morning and 2f of Bermuda at night.
If they won't feed him more hay I would go ahead and buy my own and stick a full hay net in his stall/paddock so he can munch away when ever he feels like it. Make sure that the barn doesn't stop feeding the hay they're feeding already unless they also plan to drop your board price. If free choice hay does not do it alone I would look at a some of the basic weight builders, beet pulp, alfalfa pellets/cubes an the rice bran like you mentioned. In addition I would make sure he is getting a good vitamin mineral supplement and access to salt.
I would also look at health reasons, have his teeth been done recently? Worming or fecal test done?
ya hes healthy teeth done about a month ago and he has regular wormers I will try the hay net.
you should give the beet pulp a try , some require soaking, but if you soak when you first get there, it will be ready by the time you leave. You could try hay pellets or alfalfa molasses , all in one feed or a+m . These can be fed in place of grain if you are afraid they will stop feeding thier hay.
I like to stay away from beat pulp
? any particular reason against the beet pulp ? My old horses (30+) do great on it. they get lots of fiber,they like the taste, they dont gulp it down..
sorry I meant I like to stay away from hay pellets at my old barn multiple horses had problems digesting it and I hear bad review on it.
Firstly we need to know how much hay he gets daily, whether he is on pasture or how he's kept/managed and what else he gets in addition to the hay? What if any nutritional supplementation does he get? How much by weight & what specifically the feed is - eg. not just 'sweet feed' or whatever. It will depend on what he's getting & his management/how often you can feed, etc as to what he might do best on.
im putting him on 3 extra flakes or Bermuda a day now its in his stall in a hay net.
If you want him to gain more weight, I suggest more hay. 3 flakes a day just isn't enough. I'd be more worried about colic, feeding lots of pelleted feed, and staple feed, with not enough hay.
If you're worried about him getting a hay belly, I suggest working him properly. He should be fine, with the proper exercise. You can't go wrong feeding plenty of hay.
Also, Do you know what cutting of hay it is? First cutting isn't really that great in quality as 2nd cutting, and 3rd cutting has more sugars. If you wanted to put weight on him. I definitely suggest a 3rd cutting, of mixed grass hay..... Second cutting would also be great. :D And he won't be as "hot" as with the alfalfa.
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