An often-palatable fat source is corn oil added to your horse’s grain. You can begin with one to two ounces of corn oil per meal to see if your horse will eat his feed with the added oil, and if he finds it tasty, you can work up to two cups per day.
Equine Senior Active is a high-calorie feed that is ideal for older horses that are still able to utilize long-stemmed forage. Ultium Competition, Omolene #200 and Omolene #500 are also calorie-dense feeds that may be helpful to help an older horse gain weight when fed with appropriate good quality hay and/or pasture.
The best ways to promote healthy weight gain in horses are:
Oats have been traditionally considered a low starch choice in grains; however, this grain is really only low starch when compared with corn. Oats typically contain between 32 and 43 percent starch. … A diet of oats alone would not be sufficient for any horse, and as a weight gain supplement oats are definitely lacking.
Beet pulp can be used to help underweight horses gain weight, as it provides approximately 1,000 kcals per pound (one quart of dry beet pulp shreds weighs approximately 0.5-0.6 pounds).
The best feed for an underweight horse is good quality hay or pasture grass. 1 Give him free choice hay unless there is some medical reason (such as metabolic syndrome, founder (also known as laminitis) or Cushing’s disease) not to.
For boosting calories and keeping omega balance in check, canola or soybean oil would be a far better choice than corn oil,” explained Whitehouse. Fish oil has superior fatty acid content, with an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of 6:1, but it is generally not fed to increase energy consumption.
Poor-quality feed and forage will also have lower levels of nutrients, which can easily result in deficiencies, especially if the horse is a picky eater. … A deficiency in just one nutrient or amino acid can be enough to cause a horse to lose weight or prevent a horse from gaining weight.
You can ride a skinny horse if it has a BCS score of 4 or higher. It’s challenging to look at a horse and know if it’s too thin to ride or dangerously underweight because of the differences in horse’s frames, coat thicknesses, and breed conformation.
Horses that are fed other grains instead of oats have a higher chance of getting colic. … Oats contain higher levels of fiber than other grains; Oats do not have to be processed in order for them to be safe for horse consumption; When feeding oats over other grains, less protein supplementation is needed.
Oats, corn, barley, and bran – and pelleted and sweet feeds made of that stuff – are all simple carbohydrates (sugars and starches) that pack a high-calorie punch. … With 40 minutes at most to move through the stomach, these carbs can start getting into the bloodstream and affecting a horse very quickly.