Is your horse a skinny-minny? Whether your horse is a hard keeper, a senior citizen, a hard working show horse, or any other situation, there are many reasons you may need to change your horse's diet to encourage weight gain.
If your horse is considerably underweight, it is very important to contact your vet. It is vital to rule out any health issues for your horse's weight issues.
Once you have determined your horse is healthy and simply needs to pack the pounds, follow these following feeding tips.
Forage is the most important part of the horse's diet, and should be the first thing to consider when feeding for weight gain. There are many ways to add calories with forage.
Your horse is getting all the high quality forage they will eat, but still need weight gain. Grain, or concentrates, may be the answer.
Adding more fat to the diet is a direct way to add calories, and can be done in addition to feeding grain or instead of feeding grain. Adding fat is great for horses who must be fed low starch diets, like horses with metabolic issues, previously foundered horses, or horses with PSSM.
I hope these tips will help your horse go from skinny to perfectly plump. As mentioned earlier, always check with your vet to rule out any medical issues causing your horse's weight problems.
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