Weight tape useful in determining where to go with weight gain

The horse is a white arabian, possible quarter horse cross. I just can't get her to gainweight like I want her to. She came to me skin and bones and in foal. I gave her a loving home and feed her 1lb calf manna each day 2 scoops sweet feed and 12-12minerals. She looks fine ...The horse is a white arabian, possible quarter horse cross. I just can't get her to gainweight like I want her to. She came to me skin and bones and in foal. I gave her a loving home and feed her 1lb calf manna each day 2 scoops sweet feed and 12-12minerals. She looks fine ...

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

The horse is a white arabian, possible quarter horse cross. I just can’t get her to gainweight like I want her to. She came to me skin and bones and in foal. I gave her a loving home and feed her 1lb calf manna each day 2 scoops sweet feed and 12-12minerals. She looks fine to everyone who owns arabs but just is not filling out as much as I want her to. She does not slobber out her feed and gets plenty of hay and water each day. Just a little boney looking … is this natural for her breed? All my other horses are fat and sassy. She gets wormed every 90 days … what do you think?

Doug Sanders

Doug,

Get yourself a weight tape and take her weight and compare it to other horses her same size and breed. Make sure you have her teeth floated too. Remember, horses like people do better a little light than too heavy.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder