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Old 02-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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hi everyone,
what is the best weight gainer for a athletic 17yr old thoroughbred?
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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I feed many small feeds, sometimes up to 6 a day.

I had a very skinny one here a while ago for SC rescue and just started out with small hard feeds, then introduced good hay and away we went. It took me a few months and she improved out of sight.

Unfortunately you have a TB and he is 17yrs old, which is going to take more time than a pony. I would make sure his teeth are done, feet are in good order and worming has been thorough and done regularly. If all done you should see improvement in a few weeks.


I would feed lots of chaff, some sort of pellets, you could use grain like lupins etc and hay hay hay.
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Hay, but if you want to hard feed too there are loads of feeds but you really have to do what works for you and him.
1) Cheap- I boil barley or soak whole lupins because it is the most cost effective and i only feed once every two days.

2) Kinda Cheap-There is also Gumnuts or NutriRice Veteran or Liberty which work a treat, If i don't have time i use them instead, with a cup of oil.

3) Expensive-Omega Feeds Weightgain and equijewel work well too and you don't need a lot of it but it's costly, I prefer the Omega but i know a lot of people like the Equijewel better.

I'd do a big health check too, worm, drench and get teath done so you can give him the best chance of utilizing the feed your giving.
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at the moment he is getting fed chaff, lucern, pellets, bran, copra and sweet bulk twice a day with hay aswell he is also getting worked everyday
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Take out the bran, and sweet bulk - give nothing to the horse at all.
What pellets? and what amounts.
Hay hay hay and more hay is the absolute best.

A good vit/min supp is also important to help weight gain.
Rice Brain is really good as is oil.
Speedibeet is a great high fibre feed that helps with weight gain as well.
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Try yeasac, gumnuts , soaked lupins., lucerne chaff, lots of hay and also there is a new feed hygain tru care which i am trialling on my horse at the moment , the feeds above is what i used when i bought my under weight standy hope it works
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Speedi beet also helps ALOT
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The 6 feeds is good - tis what I used on my hatrack TB - ( before and after pics in my bitting thread problem horses)

I used Speedibeet/Fibrebeet/Gumnuts/Lucerne Chaff/ Flaked Barley and shedloads of hay, ad lib, 24/7
I now use Maxisoy on the oldies along with Gumnuts and I am very pleased with the results.
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The 6 feeds is good - tis what I used on my hatrack TB - ( before and after pics in my bitting thread problem horses)

I used Speedibeet/Fibrebeet/Gumnuts/Lucerne Chaff/ Flaked Barley and shedloads of hay, ad lib, 24/7
I now use Maxisoy on the oldies along with Gumnuts and I am very pleased with the results.
ok....Fibrebeet is Speedibeet plus lucerne and the main ingredient of Gumnuts is Barley...so in the above example you really are feeding a lot of the same things in different forms. Gumnuts is also a complete feed specifically designed for oldies. Sorry Desmo, but what a waste of $$. I hear and see people all the time listing off what their horse gets and a lot of the time they are feeding the same thing in different forms. I like all of the above for weight gain, just cant see the point in buying different forms of the same thing and feeding them all at once
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Fibre Beet (Speedi Beet on steroids), Equijewel
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