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post #1 of 17 Old 11-05-2014, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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I have two horses Im tring to get back up to weight

I just recently bought two thoroughbred mares that are under weight Im trying to get them back healthy and would like to know if its ok to ride them not for long periods of time but about 20 to 30 mins a day. I can post pics of them if anyone would like to see what they look like
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-05-2014, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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These are the mares
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Nowhere near ready yet. Need padding for comfort and a fitting saddle and right now they really don't need to be wasting any calories!

I would be handwalking and doing basic ground work, for brief periods, at this time.
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-05-2014, 11:23 AM
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Hey lynntebo86!

The first thing I would do is have them checked out by your veterinarian- This will save you some guesswork. They can give you a good indication of the horses overall condition (body score) and nutritional needs. They may suggest a feed regiment that is high in good calories without an excessive amount of sugar.

And if you do plan to ride them, just keep in mind that you would have to increase their caloric intake to compensate for what you are using while riding. I, as an owner of a hard keeper, was a fan of lunging my horse and doing ground work so as not to lose muscle but not make him carry my weight.
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I would first have a vet look them over, check their teeth and everything. Once they had been seen by a vet I would worm. Once wormed I have found that a good quality, feed, combined with alfalfa pellets and beet pulp either pellets or shreds and all the hay they want to eat will typically put a horse on the right track pretty quickly.

As far as exercise, hand walking or turn out is fine till they can be ridden.

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post #6 of 17 Old 11-05-2014, 12:14 PM
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Once you've ruled out any problems like worms, teeth, ulcers ad lib hay and/or good grazing should be your first feed choice, then add to that things like soaked beet pulp, alfalfa pellets and a good oil. I use Triple Crown Safe Starch Forage as base to add anything too. Boiled crimped oats (4 hours in a slow cooker)puts weight on a horse as fast as anything and the cooking makes them more digestible and reduces starch problems
I wouldn't think about riding them until they've got some flesh and muscle along their backs
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post #7 of 17 Old 11-05-2014, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks for the input we were riding them a little just me and the kids but bare back and when I rode with a saddle I put on alot of pads. I had someone take a look at them and got the right feed for them and have been worming them properly
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Do get a vet to check them but in the meantime do not deworm them and feed only hay for now otherwise the system can be over taxed to the point the horse dies. It takes about 6 weeks to see improvement. That is when you can deworm and after the gut has had a chance to settle down again, begin feeding grain, starting with about a cup of oats twice daily. In a week add a second cup to each feeding. These horses may have gotten into this condition because of ulcers and the possibility will need to be addressed.

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Where they were at before I got them the guy didn't feed them hardly ever and had a lot of dirt where he lived
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I suggest that you get some sand clear . If they were just fed on dirt they could have a belly full of sand. It would be best to start with the hay , three times daily , or even four times a day .
be sure to have a salt lick. Had these mares been bred ? The belly shape of that one mare ..
makes me wonder. If you start them on a supplement you could try senior feed, it has a lot of vit/min and is very easy to digest . good luck. They look like they will be pretty when they get fed up .
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