weight gain supplement without adding energy?

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  1. ShadyGirl82

    ShadyGirl82 Senior Member+

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    im looking for something to make Joey gain some weight.. without adding any more energy, he has enough of that LOL.

    i ran across these online... any suggestions...?
    farnam weight builder

    hard keeper

    platform weight formula

    fat cat (however ive heard this can cause alot of added energy)


    any other ones youve used i didnt find?
     






  2. CJ

    CJ Senior Member+

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    Im using Hard Keeper on Raps now, and hes not using his stall for a swingset, lol. Im half thru it and not seeing a lot of response. Maybe Im being impatient. Otherwise I will try Gain Weight next, which his breeder just suggested. I wasnt impressed w/ Gain Weight when I tried it on Shen.
     
  3. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    Need to know how much of what he's currently eating first :)
     
  4. Cowgirl2135

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    Beet Pulp! It just have LOTS calories but no sugar.
     
  5. ShadyGirl82

    ShadyGirl82 Senior Member+

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    1/2 square bale (so about 5-6 flakes) of second cutting hay (mainly timothy/alfalfa mix)
    on the pasture grass all day as well (8am-3:30pm)
    Hes getting fast track probiotic
    Clovite for his shineyness
    and 8lbs of 10% sweet feed/oat mix. (split into 2 4lb feedings)
     
  6. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    Lose the sweet feed and oat mix. He's not getting nearly the nutrition out of them that he needs.

    If you want to feed a grain, at least find a high quality pelleted grain - no sweet feed, no whole grains. Too much sugar and starches.

    BOSS and rice bran are excellent ways to add fat and nice, sane calories, as well as the beet pulp mentioned.
     
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    belle4 Senior Moderator

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  8. JBandRio

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    A lot depends on what you have available in your area. Where are you?
     
  9. Sue B

    Sue B Senior Member+

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    I agree....it is most likely the sweet feed/oats that are giving him too much energy...but not enough nutrients. There are several other feeds to choose from that are better fomulated...will not provide excess energy, but will give him calories/nutrients for weight gain.

    I second the rice bran, BOSS and beet pulp for "calm" energy and weight gain.
     
  10. ShadyGirl82

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    I do realize his feed itself could be better which is why Im supplementing him with Clovite for minerals and such... and yes I realize this will not cover everything either necessarily.

    However the one thing my BM is hard to work with on is feed.. She feeds them all the same type of grain (well, some get just straight oats). And Im paying for feed through her. In order to get her to feed Joey anything else I would have to buy this on top of his current feed which unfortunately I can't do (ESPECIALLY after the last couple weeks and emergency vet calls - yes, plural)


    Which is why Im looking for something to supplement for weight gain and not just have it be oil.
     






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