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Old 15-06-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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what advice can anyone give with regard to feeding a windsucker.
My boy is really struggling to put any weight on.
currently he gets the following-
4kg oaten Chaff
1kg lucern
3kg Pegasus Coolmax
500g Highgain Weightgain
500g flaked Bran
500g lupins
garlic
sunflower seeds
Full biscuit of hay
24/7 on grass
fed once a day accept Tues & Thurs (cant get there)
Only ridden once per week
He woofs all this down like he has never been fed before
He has put on some weight but all at the bottom of his belly, he is very ribby and generaly skinny all over, no muscle, we were not told he was a windsucker when we bought him and he had been left in a paddock for 9 months on grass only. I have a collar on him but he still windsucks. Please help stockies.
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Horses who windsuck often have ulcers too, have you had him checked out for that? Could be why he's not gaining weight. I'd also put him on a hay roll.

The miracle collars appear to work well too
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I know of horses who windsuck due to ulcers, it helps ease the pain, could your horse have ulcers?

Have you tried all the collars avalible on the market? I had a windsucker years ago, he lived in his collar except for when being excersized, He too wouldn't put on weight, in the end I spoke to the vet, and the vet prescribed him Steroids, the horse never looked back, put weight on and was healthy. Didn't cure the windsucking tho

Failing that there is always the operation
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Horses who windsuck often have ulcers too, have you had him checked out for that? Could be why he's not gaining weight. I'd also put him on a hay roll.

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hmmm, could be ulcers he was an OTTB about 2 years ago.
Was thinking of hay rolls but there is no shelter for it so will need to wait for rains to stop. Because of where we are the vets charge over $400 for a visit so difficult to get one out without paying a small furtune. we have 2 other OTTB's who have ulcers and gastrocaot does the trick for them. Maybe I should try that, there would be no harm as far as I know.
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You may find the vet will prescribe omoguard or gastrozole without having to see the horse-worth asking in any case. My windsucker was on adlib hay, mitavit xtracool, lucerne and chaff and he picked up nicely. If you do suspect ulcers stay away from the grains and pellets...
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I would reduce the grains and increase the hay, and add one tablespoon of slippery elm powder to his feed. It helps repair/heal the lining of the stomach.
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1- I'd be finding a way of feeding him EVERY day- preferably more than once
2- worm/drench/teeth?
3- one biscuit of hay? 5 days a week? (increase)
4- vit/min supplement?
5- if you suspect ulcers- get rid of pellets- esp such large amounts at once!
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Yep I agree with what everyone else has said.

Try to feed two feeds a day - more roughage, less grain. Treat with gastrozole or if you can't get any of that slippery elm, whey powder or Anchor red cordial might help.
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I would also recommend having him drenched for sand. I have seen horses eat like there is no tomorrow and not put on any weight because sand will stop the body getting any nutrition from the feed.
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