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Alrighty, well I'm dealing with issues right now not related to Spud so I havent been around much...

I'm having trouble with Spud's growth and weight. He currently gets 10lbs or Omolene 300 a day and free choice hay... but I think he looks pretty bad. :-( He has a big hay belly but is very boney else where! I'm not sure what to do... or if he is fine? Is this how 9 months old should be?
to me 10lbs of sweet feed grain is a lot! :lol:

He is getting dewormed every month a schedule the vet gave me. I was told to deworm him every month until he is a year old (July 10th) but I will continue to deworm him monthly until the irst real frost I think, just to be safe!


I HAVE to get my feed from Tractor Supply so whatever they carry I can feed. The woman at the store told me personally she would feed Equine Junior (less malassis) and Hay Stretcher or Alfalfa pellets.

What do you think?

Just a cute face shot to start you out :D


Now, the weight pics






 

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Don't worry, he looks fine youngsters usually have big baby bellys and the rest skinny..He'll start filling out when he gets older
 

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Honestly he looks pretty okay to me. He's super cute though :]
 

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Some coming-yearlings/yearlings just looks funny sometimes.

I would pull him off the sweet feed though onto a pelleted feed though - if you can. I don't think the sweet feeds are all that good for them (just my opinion).

My 10 month old filly is on a pelleted blue seal, she definitely has her awkward moments, but her belly has never been big and she has good muscle tone.

He is a cutie!
 

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10 POUNDS of Omolene? Seriously?! Wow...

I had my little one on Omolene 300 until she was a year, and de-wormed her every month too. But she only got a coffee can a day, personally, I can't imagine pumping any horse with that much junk food. Imagine you are feeding a child 10 lbs of ice cream a day. o_O On top of her Omolene, she got four flakes of Alfalfa a day over the winter, and about half a coffee can of beet pulp. She put on weight really well and filled out really nicely.

I would look at what you are de-worming with, and making sure that you aren't using the same thing everytime, so the worms aren't getting used to de-wormer. I know that being small means you can use the same tube a second time or even a third depending on his weight, but even opening a new tube the next month, and then going back to the first tube the next is better than using the first tube two or three months in a row.

For reference, Gracie at 7 months, when I first got her. [Take whatever you can or want to from the pictures. I would definitely suggest beet pulp, it's really helped her to fill out and even look like she has muscle even though I really haven't done any real work with her, lol.]



And at 9 or 10 months.



13 or 14 months.



And a month or two ago, at about 17 or 18 months.

 

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10 POUNDS of Omolene? Seriously?! Wow...

I had my little one on Omolene 300 until she was a year, and de-wormed her every month too. But she only got a coffee can a day, personally, I can't imagine pumping any horse with that much junk food.

I would look at what you are de-worming with, and making sure that you aren't using the same thing everytime, so the worms aren't getting used to de-wormer.
Yeah I thought that was a lot too, but the barn owner wants more muscle on him... personally I think he is just going through a crappy looking phase AND I think he is going to be a lanky guy for a lot time... The TSC lady also told me I could try beet pulp (instead of the hay stretcher/alfalfa pellets) Either one of those three I sould make sure I soaked well.

I am thinking of switching him to the Junior and either the beet pulp or the stretcher/or alfalfa pellets... I'm not sure which to do yet.
I just don't like the Omolene feed... its all sugar and filler :-(

He gets dewormed on a rotation schedule per my vet. Every month he is getting somthing different. So its not worms, or it shouldn't be. I dewormed the crap out of him (per vet) 4 months ago. :-|

I am moving him again (it sucks but I am working full time at another barn starting in April and I have not only worked here before and love the place but I am getting free board on top of it!) so I think I will switch feeds then... slowly of course! But I will be feeding him myself so I wil know for sure what he is getting.
 

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About the haystretcher - I used it on my hardkeeper TB mare this past summer and had great results with it. But she needed a little more, so now she's on alfalfa cubes.

For your guy, I would start with haystretcher :)
 

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About the haystretcher - I used it on my hardkeeper TB mare this past summer and had great results with it. But she needed a little more, so now she's on alfalfa cubes.

For your guy, I would start with haystretcher :)
Thanks, becuase he already gets hay, so I thought putting on the hey stretcher would be an easier move for him!
I was told to still soak it becuase he is a baby.
I was also told to try the equine junior becuase he is less interested in pelleted feed and will often leave his food and just eat the hay :lol:.
 

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Have you asked your vet about his growth/weight?
 

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The TSC lady also told me I could try beet pulp (instead of the hay stretcher/alfalfa pellets) Either one of those three I sould make sure I soaked well.
I give my 22 month old and my yearling alfalfa pellets (dry) (1/2 a coffee can), beet pulp, (dry..not soaked)(1/2 a coffee can), mineral 1/4 cup, and 1/2 cup of flax seed. I am looking for a pelleted food of some sort, but I'm not exactly sure what I want yet.

This is what they look like. (sorry I don't have a more recent pic. This one was taken a couple months ago.)



Thankfully almost all the snow is gone since I took this picture and I noticed Lillie is starting to shed her winter coat and is looking mighty nice! When we have another decent day where it's not so muddy here, I'll take some photos.
 

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Have you asked your vet about his growth/weight?
Next month they are coming out to see him and do more shots. However, over the phone my vet bascially said "well, if your feeding the recommend amount on the bag its fine". also talked to a Purina person that said I could feed either Omolene 300 or the Junior but as long as I'm feeding whats recommened my horse is getting what he needs and is fine.

Also, the little guy is about 13.2/13.3 hands. So he is pretty tall to boot.

I just don't feel comfortable feeding him THAT much sweet feed when he is getting free choice good quality timothy hay.
 

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WHy not go with Enrich32(grass hay) or Enrich12 (alfalfa hay) adn free choice hay... many times the sugars and starches in traditional feeds aren't good for them..

BTW a feed can still be high in sugars and starches and be pelleted form :)
 

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Protien builds muscle not calories :)
 

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WHy not go with Enrich32(grass hay) or Enrich12 (alfalfa hay) adn free choice hay... many times the sugars and starches in traditional feeds aren't good for them..

BTW a feed can still be high in sugars and starches and be pelleted form :)
My local feed stores cannot get Enrich 32 I already tryed :-(.
Purina has strict rules for what the feed stores can and cannot have... thats what TSC told me... they wanted to stock it but Purina would not let them.
 

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Thanks, becuase he already gets hay, so I thought putting on the hey stretcher would be an easier move for him!
I was told to still soak it becuase he is a baby.
I was also told to try the equine junior becuase he is less interested in pelleted feed and will often leave his food and just eat the hay :lol:.
Yes, I soaked it all the time for her. The pellets are larger than regular feed and are VERY hard, so I didn't want to chance choke with her. They take a pretty long time to soak, too. My TB got a full scoop (3 quarts) and we let the haystretcher soak before feeding for 1.5 hours.
 

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PM me your zip code and let's see what else we can find for you :)
 
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