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post #1 of 13 Old 09-05-2015, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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arabian gelding 4 years old

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I have a question about feeding my arabian horse. He's eating hay, the owner of stables has it tested. He also eats oats. He needs to gain a little more weight because when he was rescued he was emaciated probable a 2 on Henneke. Do I need to feed him any nutrients, minerals etc... on top of these? The pasture is pretty barren not much to graze on.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-05-2015, 10:14 AM
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Maybe....what does the test say? If he still needs weight, one of the safest ways to add calories is to add oil to his feed. Start slowly, and work up to about a measuring cup full...8 ounces or so.

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-05-2015, 05:50 PM
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Yes, oats and most hay grown around the country is not nutrientally balanced so you need to balance with a ration balancer/or vitamin and mineral ratio or grain.
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I second the ration balancer. Be careful not to overload his system with a whole bunch of new stuff. Small amounts fed several times a day is the best way, working the amount up with time.

I have rehabbed several very sad looking horses before. What has worked for me is good pasture at all times, with hay available at all times and water, of course.

Beet pulp, Cool calories, Flax seed oil, a good quality pelleted feed (so you can soak it all) and a ration balancer.
If you can get your hands on the brand Triple Crown, the have very good feeds as well as a ration balancer.

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Thanks for all the suggestions. He is such a sweetheart! I just want him to be a happy boy and trust again. He really is looking pretty good.
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Could be just the picture, but he looks like a fine weight to me.

The best thing to put weight on a horse is forage, and then some more forage. So a GOOD quality hay free choice. I agree with a ration balancer as well (Triple Crown is good as someone else stated). The majority of his diet should be quality hay, but supplements can be good too. I've found Cool Calories to be wonderful, but also hit or miss as to whether they do anything for a particular horse or not. Rice bran too.
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Agree with others. He looks OK in the pic, tho I appreciate different angles... As much grass hay as he can eat, a 'ration balancer' or whatever appropriate nutritional supps to 'fill the gaps' in his nutrition - FeedXL.com is one great resource for working out what exactly that may be for YOUR horse & situation.

Are the oats just for weightgain? How much & how often? And what with? I don't beleive oats are *necessarily* bad news, can be good, but they are, like other cereal grains, very high starch, which is hard for horses to deal with, can make for digestive upsets - & actually result in 'failure to thrive' among other issues. Small quantities, mixed with fibrous roughage, over a number of meals daily is how I'd be feeding grain if I thought it necessary(& I would be far less inclined to feed other grain than oats - at least they're lower starch & more digestible than other grains.
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Purina's Strategy Healthy Edge will put weight on them without making them hot.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-07-2015, 12:57 PM
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I hope it is ok to piggyback on this. Have you all tried Cocosoya? It is an oil supplement my trainer loves. While my horse is there he is fed hay, pellets, beet pulp and cocosoya. This is because he gets very little pasture time and I dont want him to lose weight. He had maintained weight and looks good but I feel the lack of the oil would do the same.
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I hope it is ok to piggyback on this. Have you all tried Cocosoya? It is an oil supplement my trainer loves. While my horse is there he is fed hay, pellets, beet pulp and cocosoya. This is because he gets very little pasture time and I dont want him to lose weight. He had maintained weight and looks good but I feel the lack of the oil would do the same.
I want to touch on this as well. I've personally never tried cocosoya, but I have heard absolutely wonderful things about it. I know plenty of people who use it with great results.
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