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My thoroughbred wont put on weight!!!
I have tried everything I can possibly think of. He gets his teeth done, gets wormed is on gastrogaurd, he sees the chiropractor, acupuncturist and massuese yes i'm serious. He is getting so much grain i'm afraid he is going to colic even though it gets spread out into 4 meals a day he has a automatic waterer and water in a bucket. However he gets no alfalfa because of the studies i've read that it messes up horses intestines. So I have no idea how to get weight on him he looks like he is in racing condition.
Lots of grain can be a hinderance in weight gain. I've had the same problem with a broodmare I had, no matter how much I fed her she never gained weight.
The solution for me was to give her free choice hay, cut back the grain to 5 pounds/day (I gave whole oats) and gave alfalfa (pellets was what I had) and CORN OIL. About 2 cups/day split on as many feeds as possible, and starting with just a tablespoon per serving and working up from that.
i tried corn oil he wont eat it he is very picky :( he gets as much grass hay as he wants and right now the only thing he will eat it grass hay, LMF performance and rice bran and he is on that weight builder supplement fat cat which the rest of the thoroughbred owners at my barn swear by but he has been on it for a month and a half and it hasnt done a thing
How old is he? And how is his stool? Has everything been completely digested?
I'm glad to hear you're breaking up his feedings 4 times a day. How much grain are you feeding? How much rice bran? Try adding the corl oil very slowly. Some horses turn their noses just because it's different. Alfalfa is a good hay when few properly, although with high-energy horses it can make them a little hot. I'd give him all the grass hay he can eat and perhaps another kind of hay that isn't as high in protein as alfalfa. I feed something called Sudan grass, but there are lots of choices out there. High quality timothy, clover...etc. Do you have any pictures of him? How hard and how often is he being worked? Racing-type condition isn't necessairly bad and not all horses (especially Thoroughbreds) are going to carry alot of weight.
Kristy- His stool is textbook perfect and he is 4 turning 5 in a few months. savepitbulls- he gets 12 lbs of grain a day the max recommended amount of that particular mix and 2 lbs of rice bran a day which is the max recommended amount of the rice bran which is calcium phosphorus balanced and stabilized. We tried the oil slowly he would eat it for awhile then he just stopped as with the hay pellets and rice bran. I board my horse so I can't get anything other than what we have which is grass hay and alfalfa. He gets worked 6 days a week for at least an hour and a half and I can't really cut back on that because he needs work or else he will start attacking the walls of his stall on the seventh day he gets turned out for at least 2 hours during which he plays really hard galloping and bucking. I have no pixtures that show his condition very well I can try to get some soon. Thanks for your input guys
here are some oldish pictures (a few months ago) if that helps at all he is in a bit better weight now but still able to see his ribs and his hip sticking out :( http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/688_Nelson_1.jpg
Maybe it's just me, but he looks healthy! His coat is shiny and he has good muscle tone. I'm not sure you really have anything to worry about. Like I said before, some horses (lust like people) are simply leaner than others. Yeah, he's lean but he doesn't look like one that's going to ever carry alot of weight. I had a gelding off the track that stayed like that no matter how much he ate. The vet finally told me to stop worrying.
He seems fine. I too like more weight on my horses but he just seems to be of a thinner build. If he has passed a vet inspection, has a good attitude and shows no signs of illness, I wouldn't worry too much.
I meant to add that it's very possible for him to gain weight once he is older and/or is full grown.
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