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  • Weight Gain Supplement?

    Anyone know of a weight gain supplement that works well without making them high as a kite? Thanks in advance.
    Tucker the Wunderkind

  • #2
    I've had luck with a product called performance pak. Something like 95%+ fat, from vegetable oils.
    Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch


    • #3
      I've got to put in a plug for Benefat by Progressive. We had two horses that we used it on and gave 3 scoops a day to, and I swear it did the work in a two weeks and they weren't high as kites! I love the progressive line, we've had great success with all of the products we've used.
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      • #4
        I've tried several, and have had the best luck with rice bran pellets. I usually start with a quart or so (about half a common plastic feed scoop) and adjust up or down, as necessary.

        As a bonus, the added fat does great things for their coats and manes.


        • #5
          I love Cool Calories. I've used it on my gelding and my late mare, both of whom can/could be very hot. We also used it at a barn I used to manage on a number of TB types who had trouble gaining and maintaining weight. All of them gained weight and were happy to eat it. It's very reasonably priced, and easy to find (a lot of feed stores carry it). It smells like pixie sticks! I like corn oil for weight gain too, but Cool Cals is less messy.
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          • #6
            Rice bran and vegtable oil; my "never fails" fix it, keeps all the extra feed movin' on through, just the way we like it. :-)
            If you destroy the land, you destroy the animals;
            if you destroy the animals, you destroy the people.


            • #7
              Gleam and Gain gives you that extra something and pretty dapples. I give corn oil once a day also.


              • #8
                I have used cool cals and high fat rice bran..both with good results...
                Gates Equestrian
                National Champion Dan Patch sire of USEF/USHJA winning ponies!


                • #9
                  Another vote for vegetable oil and rice bran.
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                  • #10
                    I have had a lot of luck with weight builder.

                    I've also used soaked beat pulp and had a lot of help with it putting on weight but I think it can make some horses a little bit "up"
                    It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.


                    • #11
                      Fat-Cat, hands down. Results start to show in two weeks. WORD.

                      Great price here as well: http://millerharness.com/product.asp...cd2=1251767150
                      Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


                      • #12
                        'twould really help to know what's being fed now, as sometimes it's not a matter of adding more, but getting rid of (and possibly replacing) something currently being fed
                        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                        • #13
                          Oil. Added weight to my TB and seems to have made him calmer.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by VirginiaBred View Post
                            Fat-Cat, hands down. Results start to show in two weeks. WORD.

                            Great price here as well: http://millerharness.com/product.asp...cd2=1251767150

                            I thought Fat Cat added energy? I have been avoiding this because I figured it would make my horse nuts. Is that untrue?

                            As to the OP, I am using Cool Calories on my horse right now, and am seeing so-so results, but I think it's my horse, not the supplement. I have heard others rave about it. It has not made her wacko.


                            • #15
                              I used corn oil and alfalfa to get weight on my guy. Worked like a charm and made his coat super shiny. He has actually calmed down quite a bit since he started his new diet too.
                              "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong


                              • #16
                                I've used Cool Calories... HATED it.. Used it for 6 months figuring I just needed to give it time before I would see results.. Barely saw any.
                                Weight Builder was so-so.
                                FatCat was AWESOME! But with adding energy it just wasn't worth it, he didn't get horribly crazy but then again he's already half crazy so it might not have done all that much to him! Just hard to tell.
                                SmartGain4 seems to work fairly well. He gets rice bran and also I have added corn oil to his feed and it keeps him at a pretty good weight for him.

                                My OTTB is naturally very slim so he's never going to put a lot of weight on. I just want him to have a good topline and not be able to see his ribs.
                                Last edited by Callison; Sep. 1, 2009, 01:00 PM.


                                • #17
                                  The trainer/manager where I board is a huge fan of Athlete. It produces great results is a rather short period of time.. It helps build muscle and doesn't make the horses nutso - at least that hasn't been our experience. What is great about the Athlete is that you use it to supplement your feed so while it's expensive it's not really too bad because you would cut down the normal amount of grain. here is a link to the product information - Purina apparently has a supplement and feed, I would opt for the supplement.



                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Seven-up
                                    I thought Fat Cat added energy? I have been avoiding this because I figured it would make my horse nuts. Is that untrue?
                                    I have yet to see an ounce of energy on mine and I've used it on at least 6 here, ponies and TBs.
                                    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


                                    • #19
                                      Hmm...Fat Cat has one vote for crazy and one vote for not crazy. I may have to give it a shot.


                                      • #20
                                        Farnam weight builder or plain old corn oil.