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Exercising the Easy Keeper


I have a 15-year-old mare who is a very easy keeper. I manage her diet pretty carefully, but I’m wondering how much of a role exercise can play in managing her weight. I usually ride four days a week for

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition, Weight Management

Fat Supplements with Grain (from AAEP Ask A Vet)


We are currently feeding Safe and Easy pellets at our barn and everyone is torn as to which fat supplement is best fed along with their grain. Would Ultimate Finish 40 vs Ultimate Finish 100 be better for the horses

Posted in Nutrition, Weight Management

Ask the Vet: Choosing a Muscle Supplement for Your Horse


I’m looking to help my horse build muscle along his topline and hindquarters for show season this year. I’m very confused by all of the different muscle supplements on the market and I’m not sure what is important? What ingredients

Posted in Ask the Vet, Weight Management

Putting Weight on a Rescue Horse


I rescued three starved horses, two 12-year-old Percheron geldings and a 23-year-old QH mare. My vet told me to put them on some high fat high fiber, I was also told senior would be the best as its HF-HF, and

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics, Weight Management

Keeping Weight on Horses Through Winter


” I have a paint horse that is 30 years old and he has lost weight and is looking bad despite being on feeding supplements. Is there any one particular supplement that will help him gain weight?…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Horse Needs to Gain Weight


“I have had my mare for 3 years and I can’t seem to get her to gain weight. She is scary thin no matter what or how much I feed her. I love my horse a lot and have never ridden her because of this problem. Why won’t she gain weight and keep it on? – Lisa”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Horse on Diet Still Gaining Weight


“I have a laminitic, overweight 5 yr. old Arabian mare. Have her on sparse paddock 24 hrs/day. Feed her 1 cup oats with tablespoon of omega 3, 6, 9 soy oil and vitamin/mineral supplement twice/day. Also, hay for 30 minutes/twice per day. She has lost some weight but, seems to be gaining again. My question is…could I just stop feeding hay to her?…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Advice for an Easy Keeper


I have a VERY easy keeper needing to lose weight going into spring grass. I use a grazing muzzle along with limited grazing & NO grain…any other advice beside more exercise? I’m so afraid of founder but don’t want him in a stall all day?! – Kimberly

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Could it be a Nutritional Deficiency?


“I’ve done a lot of reading trying to figure out some issues with my horse. Is it possible for horses to be on a nice balanced diet of hay and pelleted feed and still have deficiencies? For example, my horse gets plenty of hay (as much as he is willing to eat) and the correct amount of high fat pelleted grain by weight daily yet is consistently underweight…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Digestive Disturbance


“I bought a mare approximately 2 1/2 months ago. She came from a bad situation, basically a rescue. She was not starved but thinner than she should be. She was being fed sweet feed (I believe they said 4 quarts a day). Since I’ve had her, I had her teeth done (they were terrible), dewormed her (ivermectin), I give her as much free-choice hay as possible (I have no grass) along with her grain…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Weight Gain


I have a warmblood walker cross gelding, 14 years old with good teeth that I cannot get weight on. He moved from VA to CO in October. He then proceeded to go from a body score of 7 to a body score of 4 in 3 months. I have tried the high fat supplements like amplify but he will not eat those. He supposedly gets 25lbs of timothy hay per day from the barn where he stays, plus 3 lbs of complete feed. I have a draft mare of the same size on the same diet and she is very similar BS wise to when she moved out here. I really need him to bulk up fat and muscle to get ready for this summer. Any suggestions?
– Hannah

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Pony Gaining Weight – What Do I Feed My Pony?


Hello. I have a large pony that is Insulin Resistant. He foundered 3 years ago – August and come to find out he’s Insulin Resistant but not Cushings. Because I caught it so quickly we were able to “cure” him and to this day he is SOUND! He hardly rotated. I noticed he was getting QUITE fat and saw a beautiful cresty neck (to which I thought I was training him SO well, and that’s why he had such a beautiful neck!) He is on a VERY strict diet – beet pulp, cinnamon, rice bran, vitamin E and salt…

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions, Nutrition, Weight Management

Does Your Overweight Horse Need to Lose A Few Pounds?


I have acquired an overweight horse that needs to lose approximately 150 pounds. I plan to feed him mixed and grass hay with minimal to no grain. Because of this I feel he needs a vitamin/mineral supplement to make up for any deficiencies due to hay quality. Any suggestions? L.S.

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Is Your Senior Getting Leaner?


Could feed/treats cause a horse’s sides to sink in? Like, right where the quarters and the stifle are sinks in. Is this normal? She’s an older horse, I didn’t know if it had to do with age or too many treats or just too much sugar? – Thanks, Savannah

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Is There a ‘Perfect’ Weight For a Horse?


My horse is approx. 15.1 hands, and is 966 lbs. What is the best weight for a horse? I have been told he needs to lose weight. – BS, Alabama Dear BS, Most experts agree that the “best” weight for

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