Posted by: Orphan | 2006/04/12

Rescued horses - struggle with weight gain


I have recently rescued race horses from a farm where they had not been fed for 6 months and only living off the grass.
I am currently feeding lucerne as well as concentrate, 12 %, 6 kg per horse per day but not seeing much of an improvement. Am I expecting too much too soon - how long does this process normally take before they show an noticiable improvement? Would using steriods on them (2 fillies and 2 geldings) be benafiicial or do more harm (I don't approve of it but have heard that it gets good results quickly?)

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Cape Town

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Posted by: Sheryl | 2006/04/12

Hi Orphan

Where about are you? The Cart Horse Protection Association
in the Cape would be able to advise you. Their telephone
number is 021-535-3435.

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Posted by: reader | 2006/04/12

Could this not maybe worms. a friend rescued a horse and he also did not pick up weight and then was adviced to give a dose of worm medicine and what a diffrence. (there was a special one that she used which killers all types of worms at one go.)

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