The difference in my new guy after only 4 days!
I bought this arabian gelding on the 21 of April and he was not starved, but he was just lacking. You could see his backbone and his hips jutted out and he was sunken in near his loin area. I took the first picture the day i brought him home and i took the 2 picture 4 days later. I don't know about you guys, but i see a difference already! I have been pouring the feed to him. He gets breakfast and dinner and all the hay he wants, plus i give him 2 big scoops of pellets with beet pulp and soak it then he has that to munch on through the night. He is losing that ugly hay belly also. The only thing i need to do now is worm him really good and i ordered the 5 day Panacur Purge from Jeffers, so i will start him on that tomorrow. Man, he is like a vacum cleaner. Maybe i should have nicknamed him Hoover! :D
Wow, you can already see the difference! Good job! He's a gorgeous boy, too!
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Thank you! It helps that he eats whatever i put in front of him. Haha. He prefers the sweetfeed to the pellets, but after he eats the sweetfeed and pellets are the only thing left i guess pellets are good enough then. Haha
Is there any risk to him by upping his food intake so dramatically and so suddenly? I ask in all ignorance, because I know very little about feeding horses.
No, because he was not being starved. Just was not getting what he needed. Not getting good quality feed or hay. He does not get a whole lot of sweetfeed which is what i would be worried about giving him to much of right now. He is not used to such rich feed. But the pellets and beet pulp is good fiber for him. Now if he had been starved then yes giving him so much hay and pellets would not be so wise. :D
The beetpulp puts a lot of water in them, that's why he filled out so quickly. What sweetfeed is he getting and how much? I'm asking because Arabians are, in general, easy keepers and get overweight really quick. It's so hard to get that excess weight off then plus they're one of the breeds prone to laminitis.
If he was mine, I'd switch him from sweetfeed to a ration balancer, together with the free choice hay and the beetpulp, and once he approaches ideal weight, would start cutting the beetpulp until he's at only a handfull with the ration balancer, which would be his steady diet.
I agree I had an Arab who only got two small flakes a day and a small scoop of beet pulp as a snack and this boy was roouunnd haha. I rode him about 4 times a week and he still never slimmed up, however on the flip side his aunts were hard keepers on grain, beet pulp twice the hay and never got fat.
He looks good though love that stage of grey :)
I think arabs are just like any other breeds. I have had them all of my life. And i have had some arabs that are easy keepers and others that are not easy keepers. Our horses get beet pulp every night with dinner. And they are out on 48 acres, so they tend to keep themselves quite fit. I don't have to worry about overweight issues that much because they have so much room to move around. Now some of our arabs get less than others of course. We compete in endurance, so have become over the years very knowledable about what to feed our horses with the help of our vets. But thank you for your concern. :-)
Now the ones that are being conditioned for endurance get ridden on the weekends and over both days get anywhere from 50 to 75 miles. We do 1 day 100 mile rides along with 50 mile rides. And this new guy starts his training this weekend. So that is why we can feed like we do and ours not get fat. They are working those calories off. :D
Such a handsome boy you have there, looks like what he needs is condition rather than weight, so you will be ideally placed to get him into top notch shape.
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