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 Post subject: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:56 am 
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My 3yr old gelding seems to have problems keeping his weight. He eats well but just won't maintain his weight for some reason. Any suggestions on what I could feed. His coat is fine looks fine but he just looks thin.


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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:19 pm 
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Is he in training? Could be as simple as he's burning more calories than he is getting in feed so you would need to increase the amount of grain. Depending on the amount you are feeding, he might benefit more from adding a third grain meal . Has he had a fecal lately? Heavy parasite burdens can cause weight loss. He could also have ulcers, you could have him scoped ($200-$300) or you could just go ahead and treat him with Gastro-guard or a compounded form of omeprazole.

Hope that is helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:12 am 
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Hi Mood Swings,

Yes he is in training. He started losing weight and I checked his teeth with were very bad and we got that fixed, then he started eating up and put some weight on. He has not been able to maintain the weight though. I also did ask the vet to take some blood but she said he coat looked good and she did not think that would be necessary to do that. I have ordered some ulcer guard and weight builder for him. Hopefully that will do the trick. Have also stepped up his feed and he's doing more jogging than gallops in the morning.

Thanks again


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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:51 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:47 am 
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I would recommend giving him one scoop of soaked beet pulp with his evening meal; you could also throw in 1/2 cup of flax seeds to ratchet up the fat content. Note that if you soak the beet pulp properly it doubles in size so it actually ends up being two scoops. I also give mine each 1/4 cup of aloe vera juice and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. If you do this, you will get no ulcers and never need ulcer guard. Another thing, though, to analyze is the protein in the diet. Too MUCH protein can strip the horse. The beet pulp provides tons of carbs and low protein to balance it out. For more clues, check the smell of his urine. If there is the faintest chemical smell, he is not dealing well with either too much sugar or too much protein.

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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:17 pm 
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damn thats good stuff Madelyn


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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:11 pm 
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Feeding fat (like the weight builder you mentioned) should help. I like Purina's Amplify nuggets for my hard keeping ones- typically see good results within a few weeks. Also smart to look into the gastric ulcers or a trial of Ulcergard or Gastrogard- treat at the higher dose to start, then taper down to the maint. dose. Best of luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:36 pm 
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Had not logged in a while, but I am very happy to say that after he gained his weight back he broke his maiden on September 2. The soaked Beet Pulp diet and other weight feed certainly did it. He is holding his weight thus far and is doing very well... Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:23 pm 
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Des -
Just want to say two things: 1) really glad to hear your guy has gained back his weight and is maintaining that weight while in race training; 2) and CONGRATULATIONS on his breaking his maiden!
The best news of all and greatest clue that a horse is keeping well is the demonstration that he is running well!

P/S - also it's very nice that you provided the feedback on the input you sought here.


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 Post subject: Re: Keeping weight on
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:50 am 
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:D Very happy to hear of your success!

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