whats a safe way to fatten up his skinny little self?

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  1. HappyJoy

    HappyJoy Senior Member+

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    i have a 17 yo quarter horse who's always had a problem with dropping weight easily. is there anything other than comercial weight builders that i can add to his grain to help him put on a bit of weight? any advice would be appriciated, thanks!
     






  2. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    What kind of hay is he getting? How much?

    What kind of grain is he getting? How much?

    Is he being ridden? Pasture TUrn Out?
     
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    bay_blnd jmpr07 Senior Member+

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    It's also going to be hard to 'fatten up' a horse during the winter. All their energy is going into staying warm instead of putting fat on.

    BBJ
     
  4. ejforrest

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    Hay- Horses should ingest 1.5% to 3% of their body weight each day; at least half of their diet should be forage, such as hay or pasture. Increase hay if under weight.
    beet pulp-safe to feed as much as you want(add slowly) with underweight horses you can find yourself feeding a gallon or more a day. Beet pulp is an easy to digest fiber, not a grain.
    Fat oils-corn/veg/soy can be up to 2 cups a day in a horses daily diet. Its a 100% fat and wont cause digestive upset. Older horses benefit from the fat as weight gain and an energy feed.
    Rice bran-22% fat. Cant feed as much or get as much out of it as you do from a 100% product.
    Oats- oats have a relatively soft kernel, most adult horses have no difficulty chewing and digesting them.
    Have teeth checked- once a year to twice a year. Points and hooks can interfere with the digestion of food and can cause wieght problems.
    FEC-fecel egg count before each deworming to help stop resistance from developing. FEC can help you decide what chemical is effective against the parasites in your horse. Parasites can cause weight problems.
     
  5. HappyJoy

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    he's healthy enough, i worm him and all that jazz, he just always loses weight in the winter since he's older and now that it's heading towards spring i'd like to beef him up again. he gets more than the correct % of hay for his weight/size and he gets plenty of grain too. for a while now i've been giving him plenty of extra hay but thats only making a slight differance and i wondered if i could supplement it. i didn't want to give him straight up oil because i know that much fat is bad for him, plus he's had a lazy winter without being ridden too much. thanks guys for the help!
     
  6. sian

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    slowly but surely!!! do not be tempted to stuff as much food as you can at him....that can lead to problems.....hope he puts on weight :)
     
  7. steeledancer

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    And you might want to consider "beefin him up" going into winter next year. If they have a bit more of a flesh cover going into the cold season, they are more likely to be able to maintain it.
     
  8. warmblood_luver

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    we feed our skinny horse an extra grain feeding and we put corn oil over it it helps fatten them up
     
  9. AQHA_Gizmo

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    senior feed...lots of it...lol but be careful and always measure!!
     
  10. Sue B

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    The safest way to get weight on is to add a source of quality, easily digestable fiber and/or a source of fat. Beet pulp and/or alfalfa, timothy, or a/t mixed cubes all work well. Often as horses age, they begin to get less from their hay and adding easily digested fibers work wonders....and a little goes a long way.

    I use several sources of fat in the diet...flax seed, sunflower seed, rice bran and in some cases oil. But, I find that the seeds and rice bran have added benefits.

    You can also feed a high fat top dressing such as Nutrena Empower....Purina has a similar product as do most feed companies.
     






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