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Old 02-12-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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What is the fasted way to get a horse to put weight on her hips & wethers, have her on senion grain & sweetbeet pulp and 1/2 cup of oil a day? and all the hay she can eat. she be 33 yr old this spring 1/2 arabian mare. her and I been together 32 of those. Michele


Its below freezeing here some days. do not do anything with her at this time. but keep her warm.
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If she appears good weight wise in every other aspect, it may just be due to her age.

Does she have her teeth still?
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If she appears good weight wise in every other aspect, it may just be due to her age.

Does she have her teeth still?
Only missing one . the rest were done last fall.
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Only missing one . the rest were done last fall.
That her in photo this summer. on the left but it feels like she lost some around her hips and whithers to me though her long hair.

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Parboiled rice! Great for the oldies, great source of nutrients, fibre and bulk! We have always fed it to old, ulcer and skinny horses and it bulks them up in no time! Make sure she gets her teeth done every 6 months at this age and I just realised your in the US and going into winter, so make sure she's nice and warm. And you could probably up the oil to a full cup.

Also make sure that you address any pain issues, as at that age she's bound to have some, that can prevent them from holding weight!

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What sort of hay is it? And how many kgs of grain? Not sure what you are able to get over there so hard to recommend things..
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I would boil up rice for her as already suggested. Two cups of rice (that is dry weight) then boiled up until it is soft and mix it with chaff, lucerne and keep going with the oil and sweet beet.

Boiling the rice breaks it down making it much easier to digest.
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Boiled Barley also works well with the oldies, Mine recovered really well after a hard winter and bout of colic, Next time i might do the rice too though.
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1 tsp of yeasac
rosehip
mitavite gumnuts
all works really well rosehip is good for there joints
small short walks (if she is able to) will help muscle on the hips.
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