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post #1 of 4 Old 05-28-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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How long should it take to see weight gain?

HI I am trying to put some weight on my 11 yr old 16hh paint gelding. He is fairly thin, i can see his ribs and his hip bones seem prominant. I have had him 3 weeks now and slowly introduced some other feed in addition to the hay he was getting at the previous owners. He now gets free choice hay, 2 hours of green grass turnout, 5 lbs of nutrina safe choice, 1 lb of 12% sweet feed, free choice buckeye supplements, and 2/3 cup of canola oil daily. He is used very lightly maybe 2-3 hours a week if that. His coat is shedding out nice and he is getting shiney but I really haven't noticed much weight gain. His teeth have been checked and the previous owner said she wormed him just before I picked him up but because he had worms in his poo a few knowledageable horse people told me to worm him again using different kinds of wormers so i wormed his with quest and 2 weeks later with panomec. The previous owner wormed with some kind of a liquid ivermic she said. Is this a reasonable diet for him? How soon should I see some sign of weight gain? Is there anything else I should be doing?
post #2 of 4 Old 05-28-2011, 05:47 PM
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why only 2 hrs of turnout? the best thing to get weight on them is good grass!

anyway it takes about a month before you see visable results, how long untill she is at a good weight will depend entirely on the horse.

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Well he is actually outside 24/7 but there is not much grass in his paddock so I hobble him about 2 hours a day on lush grass that I don't have fenced yet. I usually have one hour before work and one hour after work that I can hobble him and keep a close eye on him to make sure nothing happens to him. he also has free choice hay in his paddock.
post #4 of 4 Old 05-28-2011, 11:49 PM
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it took about six weeks for us to see any NOTICEABLE weight gain on our 6 yr. old OTTB.

He is now fairly pudgy for a TB....but it took us almost a full year to get him from a body condition score of 2 to his current weight. He is a TB, and to keep him at a respectable weight took alot of trial and error. Trying this, trying that ... to find a diet that worked for him. Alot of time during the year it took to get him to a respectable weight was lost in trying to find supplements/feeding regimens that worked. Our rule, if there was no improvement within six weeks, it was time to switch weight supplements and look for other alternatives. The greatest thing we did for our boy was to put him on a probiotic. He really started plumping up when we did that.....
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