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NicoleS11 09-02-2010 11:55 AM

New gelding, a little on the skinny side...HELP!
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My new horse showed up last night and when he came off the trailer I was shocked at how skinny he was. I seen him last the week before so I don’t know how I never noticed it. He isnt ribby but he has no muscle or fat anywhere. I know muscle will come with work but he still is skinnier than I would like to see him…

So here is my question…How do I put weight on a 5 year old Morgan gelding that still has some filling out to do without adding any energy. He already is a bit of a hand full and I don’t want to add to it.

The breeder told me not to worm him till the first frost but im thinking about worming him just to rule that out. Also I have the vet coming this weekend to take a look at his teeth. He was on a green pasture and getting hay so he might just be a hard keeper. Anyways, thanks guys..

I took this pic with my phone last night so its not the greatest quality but its all I have for now

NicoleS11 09-02-2010 02:00 PM


annaleah 09-02-2010 02:09 PM

I've always had good success with beat pulp. The horses LOVE the taste and it puts weight on, I guarantee it. In my 20 yrs of experience, it will work. And if he's already a handful, maybe try a lower percentage sweet feed.(if your feeding him sweet feed that is) He may also just need some good quality hay too along with the beet pulp.. He is very pretty too!

charlicata 09-02-2010 02:29 PM

I was told by my Farrier to use Purina Strategy on Rookie. He's a hard keeper, and can be a little on the hot side at times. I was also told by a guy that I was riding with this past weekend that I could mix the Strategy with Purina Senior, and even mix a little Canola oil in. He said that the sugar/molasses content was very low in the senior feed and that the canola oil wouldn't make him hot like the corn oil would. Since I switched him over to the Strategy, he seems to be picking up a little weight slowly, which is the way I want it. I ride him pretty much every day, so it's going to muscle more than fat. I haven't tried mixing the senior or canola oil in yet, I want to see how he does strictly on the Strategy and free choice hay first.

Oh, and he said that the senior feed is hay based so it's more of a complete feed.

NicoleS11 09-02-2010 02:34 PM

What is the % of sugar/molasses in beat pulp compaired to the Purina Strategy or even senior feed ? Does any one know??

SaratogaTB 09-02-2010 02:44 PM

My picky OTTB is gaining weight slowly on FatCat without getting hot.

I have read that "Cool Calories" is good but havent tried it yet.

charlicata 09-02-2010 02:52 PM

I don't think the Strategy has any molasses in it *I may be wrong on that though*. It was recommended to me because of how hot Rookie can get, and the fact that he needs to pick up some weight. I also haven't checked out the Senior yet, so I'm not much help on that one either.

NicoleS11 09-02-2010 03:10 PM

hmm...well maybe ill check out Strategy then...

Im worried about putting him on grain because of how hot he can get but he needs to gain weight and muscle.

Do you guys think a horse will suck himself up kind of thing because of stress? He was pulled away from his herd then in the trailer for 2 hours yesterday then dropped of in a place hes never been before. I was talking to my mother this morning about it and she thinks he looks so skinny because of stress and he will fill out once he calms down and is in the pasture with the other just not convinced..

annaleah 09-03-2010 01:27 PM

He may just need some time to relax and adjust to his new home...I partly agree with your mom on that one. Think....people lose weight when we are stressed, right? why not horses?

And I completly forgot about the stradegy best friend uses it on her 13 yr. old mustang mare, and she went from skinny and narrow to looking like a mustang just taken down from the mountains! really worked for her and didn't make her hot as she can definetly be! I've never used it personally, but havem seen it work wonders with my own eyes.

NicoleS11 09-03-2010 01:32 PM

Thanks annaleah.

Im having problems catching him so for the next few weeks till we some what get on the same page and bond a bit he will be kept in from the other horses which he isnt to happy about. If I can barely catch him in a 30x20 paddock im not putting him out on a 10 acre field to try to catch him. I mixed some beat pulp up last night so im going to try that first and see how he likes it. Ill probably go talk to some one at the local feed store and really figure out the difference between beat pulp and the strategy grain...

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