• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Good feeds to keep/put weight on skinny sporthorses

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #21
    Originally posted by Irishodyssey View Post
    Hi, a friend has a horse, a chestnut thoroughbred gelding, who we can not seem to keep weight on. He is narrowly built, but eats 2 full scoops of fibergized by pennfield with fat cat and other weight related supplements. Any one have ideas of how to keep weight on this guy? Thanks
    maybe use a higher fat feed?
    TC Complete. it's 12% fat but 20% NSC
    TC Senior is 10% fat and only 13% NSC.

    honestly, 2 scoops is not much. I was feeding my horse 5-6 scoops a day of a 6% fat pellet and put weight on him like a mo-foe (with the help of Ulcergard).
    Plus he gets free choice alfalfa and is on good pasture at night.

    He's starting to look like a chubby monkey and I like it.

    And he's finally eating something other than that stupid pellet. So he's being switched over to TC Complete.
    But still with that, he gets 3 feedings. each contains 1 scoop of that stupid pellet, 2.5lbs of TC Complete and 2 cups of Amplify.

    and he's turned into a lazy SOB. I tried to do a gallop set today and he puttered out pretty quick. hehehehe. I LOVE it.

    Eventually he will be dropped down even more but I'm still in the process of putting chub on him.

    high fat goodies would be things like veggie oil, cool calories, black oil sun flower seeds.
    and I love beet pulp. beet pulp = awesomeness.

    I'm hoping one day my horsie will learn to love it. He won't eat it though. Now that he's ulcer free we shall see!
    Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


    • #22
      FWIW, Fibergized is 10ish% fat, 12 or 13% NSC. Fibergized Omega is a bit more fat, and about the same in NSC.

      OP, I think you all can certainly up this horse's feed. He's getting what I consider a "maintenance" amount for the average horse with an average job- maintenance being that they need some calories but not a lot.


      • #23
        2 scoops a day or 2 scoops a meal?

        My chestnut OTTB gelding only gets crazier when you add more grain to his diet- even as a pasture puff!! He gains weight based on FORAGE. Needs lots of hay/grass/hay stretcher. I've had good luck with cool calories with him also.


        • #24
          I have had amazing success with Nutreena High fat pellets (black bag).


          • #25
            buckeye grow n win.


            • #26
              Hay and lots of it - sometimes soaking it helps. Mine get 60/40 oats and beet pulp, with rice bran and ground flax meal, and soybean oil. I've also had good luck with adding Calf Manna and Clovite. I didn't have good luck with Amplify at all.

              Sometimes it depends upon how long they've been off the track, too. Some let down easier than others.


              • #27
                Our hard keeper gets Nutrena ProFiber (have also used Buckeye E8 Gut Health successfully) OmegaShine flax seed, and a magnesium supplement. It's taken 2 1/2 years to figure all this out - with lots of experimentation. I also have him on the best orchard/alfalfa hay I can find and give him as much of it as he will stuff himself with.



                • #28
                  We use cup measurements, my 2 horses get 3 cups of beet pulp, 2 cups of fat n fiber and 1 cup of equijewel as a topper. The equijewel is really important it is great for balancing everything out. They are both ottb's and live outside 24/7 during the summer. They get grain 2x daily.

                  One of them is 18 and when I first got her I spent over a year trying to find something for her because she was a bone rack.

                  I never used to feed fat n fiber either, I always fed oats and barley, fat n fiber is just what they use where we are but they are doing well on it.
                  "My ideal horse is the horse that I fall in love with again every morning when I see his face hanging over the stable door, looking for breakfast. " - Jim Wofford


                  • Original Poster

                    Yes, he gets amazing hay, as much as he wants, and 8 quarts a day not 4. He gets 4 a meal. He is also on lush green grass 24 hours a day if its nice out


                    • #30
                      Has he been checked and/or treated for ulcers?
                      My guy lives out almost 24/7, has alfalfa/grass hay fed with meals and gets about 9lbs of Pennfield Fibergized, but before we treated him for ulcers he was ribby, the vet said that he looked like a racehorse. After his round of blue pop rocks hes starting to look like his warmblood friends

                      RIP Beaming Sportsfield (1998-2012)


                      • #31
                        I'd add beet pulp.
                        Sounds like the grain you feed is top notch. : )

                        You can really add some good body with beet pulp. and you can feed A LOT of beet pulp. If he is in and doesn't have access to grass then it may be a really good idea to give it a try. Plus it's inexpensive.

                        Here's hoping there will be a day when my OTTB will be eating a home made feed. I'm big on beet pulp and a ration balancer plus some sort of added fat.
                        Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                        • #32
                          If he is eating that and still thin, I echo the ulcers suggestion. Worth checking out, anyway. It sounds like you are already feeding him very well.

                          Is there something in his turnout or stall situation that is stressing him and keeping him from eating well despite the opportunity/offerings in front of him? My TB does not eat well when he is stressed. In a new place he will not eat unless he has a buddy nearby. Maybe move him to a quiet area of the barn? Or a busier one, if he is in a quiet corner and craves more action? Just brainstorming some other options that you might think about, none of these might be relevant.


                          • Original Poster