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post #1 of 15 Old 12-05-2006, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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how to get horses to gaine weight

I found out that you can give a horse black oild sunflower seeds with their grain and it will halp the put on weigh. i know tis because that is what i do. i feed it to all my horses including foals, seiors, working, pleasure, and ponies. If you feed it to arabions only give them a cup once a day.

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post #2 of 15 Old 12-05-2006, 03:16 PM
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also you can give horse a corn, milled barley . Corn is not recommended, but barley gives a beautiful muscles and flesh on the horse (sorry for my english)
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-06-2006, 10:02 AM
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For the poorer among us, good old vegetable oil works great too. It gives pure fat without the additional starch/carbs.

I've used this twice for emaciated horses that I was just GIVEN with relief by the owners which I fattened, nurtured & then turned around and SOLD.

I used 1 cup oil for every full green feeding scoop OR half a coffee can. I usually fed it three times a day along with 1 cup of bran soaked for 6 hours. This in addition to the regular grain feeding ration.
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-07-2006, 11:04 PM
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I had never heard of the black oil sunflower seeds putting on weight but I know they are excellent for the coat and helping to put on a good shine. As far as weight goes it's best to add more forage to the diet if you can. Adding the corn oil is good too or if you can get it try feeding a rice bran like Equi Jewel. It's great for adding fat to your feed and it's great for the coats too.
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-08-2006, 02:14 AM
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Along with the dietary advice above, the environment and company can affect it too. When my horse was having a weight problem, it wasn't actually the food itself, but the horses around him that weren't letting him near the food. Along with changing the diet, it couldn't hurt to look at possibilities outside of the food itself. :)
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-08-2006, 09:35 AM
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you're right

You're right. Some horses will worry off the pounds too; If you seperate them from their buddies or wean a foal off of them. I board a horse for a lady here at my farm who has a nervous nature and she's harder to keep weight on. Not sure why she's like that because I try to make her as comfortable as I can. She just worries over everything and a little thinner than the rest who are fat.
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-10-2006, 09:00 PM
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You might want to check out my before & after pictures of my bay. I bought him in Aug and within just a few months, he doesn't look like the same horse. All I feed him was Safe Choice twice a day and used a weight builder supplement twice a day. I have now reduced the weight builder down to once a day. I oiled his mane with baby oil which gave it the 'black' look.

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-14-2006, 02:31 PM
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Black oil sunflower seeds maybe good as a treat, but as a general rule, they only help with the coat condition.First off make sure your horses/ponies are on a very good worming times you have to worm them more often then a couple times a year. if you have several sharing the same pasture/paddocks.feed good clean the winter more hay then you usually would feed.grain is good but don`t over due feeding alot of supplements,to much of a good thing is bad for your horses/ponies.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-15-2006, 03:57 PM
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-15-2006, 11:39 PM
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canola oil.

In response to the above, corn is a high energy suppliment. When the energy is not burned it is stored as fat. This is not always the best approach. The ideal situation I've seen was using high corn suppliment to stallions. They had regular exercise that was necessary, but not the ability to run or work all of the energy off as to a reguarly turned out horse. They were not allowed large turn out - therefore, storing and converting the rest of the energy to fat.

Oh, and I wasn't being critical of anyone's responce! Just adding on.
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