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post #11 of 16 Old 08-15-2019, 07:29 PM
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He doesn't appear very underweight but not well muscled...
Tricking the eye happens and thin is what you think...
I bet getting some muscle on him will change his appearance to you a lot.
When getting muscle on though you will need to provide more nourishing food as he will be burning calories as he develops muscle tone.
Keep a close watch as you increase his exercise so he not "lose" actual weight as he tones-up.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-15-2019, 09:24 PM
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I would consider supplementing your own hay. That may be all he needs. Unfortunately some places are just like that.

All the feed in the world won't matter if the building blocks aren't there. My horses would be really fat on 3lbs a day of sweet feed, except for the Cushings horse who would be foundered, I bet the NSC is off the charts..

You can also look into buying hay stretcher or another hay "supplement" to extend the forage if they aren't willing to provide it, "hay" comes in many forms. Or consider another forage option, alfalfa, beet pulp, lots of different things that could be added to his grain meals if they aren't willing to add more hay.
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Your avatar is your horse....
He doesn't appear very underweight but not well muscled...
Tricking the eye happens and thin is what you think...
I bet getting some muscle on him will change his appearance to you a lot.
When getting muscle on though you will need to provide more nourishing food as he will be burning calories as he develops muscle tone.
Keep a close watch as you increase his exercise so he not "lose" actual weight as he tones-up.
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It wasn't me thinking he needs to gain. His Vet and Chiro suggested it. Neither mentioned muscle but I think he needs quite a bit. Likely with a bit more work and better food he could obtain that easy enough. The picture is shortly after he worked up to all day on pasture this spring. He lost some of that since.
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I would consider supplementing your own hay. That may be all he needs. Unfortunately some places are just like that.

All the feed in the world won't matter if the building blocks aren't there. My horses would be really fat on 3lbs a day of sweet feed, except for the Cushings horse who would be foundered, I bet the NSC is off the charts..

You can also look into buying hay stretcher or another hay "supplement" to extend the forage if they aren't willing to provide it, "hay" comes in many forms. Or consider another forage option, alfalfa, beet pulp, lots of different things that could be added to his grain meals if they aren't willing to add more hay.
I think in regard to this, a net hung for him at night in his stall with good quality hay or alfalfa would be good. In addition to what they give him. They actually harvest their own hay, which I don't think they lost any of in our harsh Wisconsin spring that caused a spike in hay cost and the quality to be questionable at times.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-16-2019, 03:46 PM
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Another one here that swears by Ultium. My horses have always looked great on it. I wouldn't touch sweet feed with a 10 ft pole. I think you've been given great advice here. I keep a slow feeder net stuffed with good, quality hay in my horses stall. In the winter, when the grass dies down, I put some in the pasture as well. My horse looses his head a bit on alfalfa - tends to be nervous and spook at everything. I replaced it with soaked beet pulp that he only gets in the AM.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-17-2019, 05:44 PM
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A current side picture where we could see his body clearly would be best. Regardless of weight I think more forage is good from your description!
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