Losing weight?!

B is a 9 year old red roan gelding. He was captured as an unhandled stallion on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. With 60 days training and lots of love and gentling under his belt, watch as he gains more confidence and experience to bloom into a perfect riding horse!

Losing weight?!

Postby Juliane on Sat Aug 12, 2006 10:09 pm

B looks like he's lost a bit of weight since he's been with me. All of my horses are fed 2 flakes of high quality Orchard/Alfalfa mix hay morning and night. B is second in line in the herd dominance, so I know he is eating his share and possibly more. So, I'm not sure why he's losing weight. Perhaps it's the increase in his activity level? :lol:

Here's some pictures of him from today - you can't really see it in these pictures, but I can clearly see his ribs and can easily feel them when running my fingers along his sides :(

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So, he's now getting Equine Senior and Purina Strategy GX morning and night! Here he is getting his special treatment while Bobbie feeds him his evening grain. Cassidy's puppy, Hercules, was happy to help!

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And last but not least, B is exceptional at helping Bobbie study her homework!

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Postby cat_67 on Sat Aug 12, 2006 10:16 pm

I know you say he feels thinner, but he actually looks really good to me in the pictures! He's probably getting more fit than he has been in a long time. Maybe something like rice bran to put on some pounds without putting on extra energy?
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Postby Juliane on Sat Aug 12, 2006 10:21 pm

That's a good idea! I'll pick some up tomorrow!
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Postby Altanera on Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:30 pm

Try Ultium! With him he would probably only need a pound or 2 a day. Nala gets 3 a day and she is fat and a tb. Anyways it has rice bran, beet pulp, and all that good stuff already in it so you do not have to buy it seperate!

www.ultium.com

It is a purina product. :D
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Postby softhart on Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:38 am

I was thinking the same thing as cat, Juliane. When I was trail riding him frequently, he actualy did seem to lose weight, but I think its actualy that his "pot" belly goes away and firms up. He looks realy good in the pictures. Be careful graining him that it does not add to much vinegar to his gait, might try Quiessence whith the grain, or a low-carb/low-sugar grain if he gets jittery. Sarah
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Postby Juliane on Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:01 am

Yea....he doesn't look skinny in the photos, but in person, you can easily see his ribs. I hate seeing ribs! :P

He seemed laid back yesterday, but was the first time he seemed on edge since I've had him - I wonder if there is a correlation to giving him the grain?

I am going to see if I can get that Ultium product listed above at the feedstore tonight. If not, I will cut out the senior (which has lots of molasses) and then give him just the Strategy GX. It's good at adding weight without the sugars. :)
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Postby softhart on Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:49 am

Hey Juliane,

I agree, hate see'in ribs. You might also try the LMF low-carb 1 senior feed. Its pretty affordable and seemed to not make him hot, has no surgars. Although, Strategy is a good feed to :lol:

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Postby Horsenuts on Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:33 am

Hey Juliane-Have you tried beet pulp? I know it's a hassel to have to make it up and soak it, but, it is a great way to add some bulk and iron with out the sugar. I tend to feed it all year long-as my horses are on sand and it helps with the preventing the sand build up in the gut if fed regularly. It is comparitively inexpensive and most horses like it mixed with their grain. It is great for helping keep weight on. :) it also encourages horses to drink-as it is a fiber.Some people like it and some don't. I like it and feed it to most of the barn. It won't hurt anyway. Just a thought. Julie
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Postby Juliane on Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:40 am

Yea, I've tried beet pulp before for horses that were hard keepers. It's a pain in the rear, but good at keeping the weight on. I think B isn't necessarily a hard keeper, per se. Just not used to the daily riding he's getting now. If I don't see some fat deposits over those ribs soon with the current grain intake, I'll add something more heavy duty like beet pulp :)

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Postby Altanera on Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:24 pm

Ulitum is a great product as it does not make them hot, but Stragety watch out that makes my TBs on fire and did not help with weight. On ulitum my tbs are not hot at all. Kick Kick and more kick. :wink:
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