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Date Posted: 10:18:51 02/01/11 Tue
Author: Megan
Subject: Thin Friesian
In reply to: Kelsey 's message, "Bulk" on 05:59:35 02/01/11 Tue

Hello!

I also have a 3-coming 4 year old Friesian gelding. I agree with Kelsey's remark about them being narrow in the front. And the NEED FOR FEED. :) If he is growing that much, he will NEED his feed upped. My gelding is in full time training and although he is not growing "up" that much, he is still growing and works every day, so he is on almost 5 lbs. of grain per day. And lots of hay. :) He gets two big flakes per feeding and usually one big one for lunch.

Also, the type of feed is very important. Since I've had him, he's been on Purina Strategy, which is great for growing youngsters. About 2-3 months ago my trainers took him off Strategy because he had gained a little too much weight. :) They switched him onto Purina Enrich 32, which has less calories. Unfortunately, when this happened, his enery level took a nose dive. So we have since put him back on the Strategy and his energy level is right back up again and he's looking great. I also distinctly remember hearing my trainer go "He must be growing again, he's starting to look a little thin. Let's up his grain again." So now he is on that 5 lbs. per day, which seems to be suiting him just fine. Growing horses need a lot of protein and calories. Growing takes energy. :) You have a BIG boy if he's already 17 hands at 3 years old! :) My guy still is just short of 15.3. :) Good luck!

Megan

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