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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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fatting up my horse

hi,i was just wondering if you could help me out,i have a hot headed t/b,who is loosing weight im giving her hay and 3lots of sups as well.
she just doesnt seem to be putting the weight like she should of the sups is barley but i cant think what the other 2 are. Some one said to give oats, but we know that she cant have them because they make her to hot headed and she is already like that,is there something im doing wrong or something else that i can give her,
She is not at the very poor stage yet but she has droped off and now is is at the moderate stage,im only just keeping her there with what im giving her,i would like her to put a little more weight on.
If you could help me that would be great.

Where are you from? NSW Australia

How did you locate this forum? web site

Re: fatting up my horse

Hi Kylie,

Adding grain to the diet, such as barley, oats, or corn, is not an effective way to increase weight. And, barley will also contribute to her “hot” moods just like oats will.

So, to help with both problems, I would reduce the amount of grain you are feeding. Instead, provide her with a high fat, high protein, high fiber feed. The reduced starch (from less grain) will help with her moods. And, the higher fat will help her gain weight. You should also consider adding some alfalfa to her diet.

I don’t know what feeds you have available in your area, so if you have a few to choose from, let me know and I’ll tell you which one is best.

You can also add some stabilized rice bran (which is high in fat), rice bran oil, or some flaxseed oil, to her diet to help her gain weight.

All the best,

Dr. Getty