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kay b

wieght loss

I own a 14yo 17hh thoroughbred gelding , he is fed aprox 5lb of hard feed twce daily and is grazing most of the time but he is out of work at the moment due to a injury.My problem is he is under weight and i have tried several different ways to get his weight on but nothing works . My vet cant find anything wrong with him . please can you help !!! KAY

31/8/06

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Martina Stuart

Assuming his worming is up to date and his teeth have been checked it may be worth splitting his daily ration into 6 feeds and adding a little blue chip to each feed.
If this fails ask your vet to check he is not diabetic (rare in horses but does happen) and consider absorbtion tests to check intestinal function

31/8/06

skate

is he feeling a little down in the dump due to being out of work when my mare lost weight i put her extra rugs on as horses tend to drop weight when cold i also put some veg all in her feed good luck

25/10/06

skate

sorry was ment to say veg oil

25/10/06

Martina Stuart

Horses can tolerate up to 20% (on a dry matter basis) fat content in their diet. This is best added as vegetable oil and should be started gradually and fed a little and often mixed with normal feed. It is a very good and efficient source of energy and in my experience very useful in horses that are prone to tying up.
Thanks skate for this and your other postings and replies. It is good to have someone using the site as intended by sharing their knowledge and experience for the benefit of others.

26/10/06

isobelh

I have a Warmblood 16.3 mare who is now 26 and going strong. She can lose weight easily if I don't watch her in the winter. When this happens I put her on Bailies Number One as a supplement to her normal feed. It is easy to digest, can be turned into a sloppy porridge which is easy to eat, and she loves it! I have also found that a probiotic yoghurt in a feed once a day for up to a week works wonders.

9/11/06

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