Weight Gain

Horse Feeds & Supplements to help maintain weight

Feeding to help maintain ideal weight and body condition 

The elite performance horse. The hard-keeper. The picky eater. Packing on the pounds is never easy when caring for one of these types of horses. In most cases, the strategy is to raise the amount of calories in the horse’s diet. Note that certain medical conditions may require specific nutritional support, so be sure to consult your veterinarian and/or contact us in these cases.

There are a few ways to adjust the diet of your horse to help attain and maintain a desirable weight. 

  1. Add calories by making changes to your horse’s current diet. Forage, particularly hay, can vary in the available calories to your horse depending on the type and maturity at harvest. However, good quality hay can be hard to find and costly. One solution is to add a higher quality alternative forage source to replace a portion of your hay, such as SAFE 'N EASY™ Complete. Digestible fiber from ingredients, such as soybean hulls and alfalfa meal, helps to keep the hindgut healthy and supports the delicate microbiome in the horse’s hindgut. 

    Grain products vary in calories depending on proportion of ingredients used to mix the formula. Choose a grain that is higher in calories per pound, such as CADENCE™CADENCE UltraTRIFECTA™ or SUPREME™ 14. This is the easiest option to minimize the volume of feed needed and the complexity of adding supplements. It may also save you some money in the long run as well.

  2. Add calories to the current grain with a fat supplement. Using fat, you can easily add calories without a drastic increase in the amount of grain your horse has to eat per day. You can accomplish this with ULTIMATE FINISH™ 2540 or 100. These fat supplements are easy to use and less messy than adding vegetable oils. If you are feeding multiple horses, you can tailor their calories to meet their individual needs.

  3. Consider the form of grain you are using. The ability to digest the feed you are providing your horse can be as unique as each individual horse. Ulcers and other digestive disturbances can impact digestion, and the breakdown and usage of nutrients in grain. Change to a pelleted or extruded form of feed – or both. This can help increase available calories for your horse to utilize versus a texturized form. BUCKEYE Nutrition products that include pelleted components include EQ8™ Gut HealthEQ8™ SeniorCADENCE Ultra and TRIFECTA. SAFE 'N EASY Senior is 100% extruded, making it easy to chew and digest.

Find the right supplement or feed for your horse’s ideal weight below or contact us with any questions you may have.

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EQ8™ Performance Gut Health Extruded Feed package EQ8™ Performance Gut Health Extruded Feed

Feed Form Extruded
Type of Horse Performance
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 12.00%
Crude Fiber 14.50%

ULTIMATE FINISH™ SRB+ Extruded Fat Supplement package ULTIMATE FINISH™ SRB+ Extruded Fat Supplement

Feed Form Extruded Pellet
Type of Horse All Ages
Crude Protein, Min 13.00%
Crude Fat, Min   18.00%
Crude Fiber, Max 13.00%

ULTIMATE RECOVERY™ Extruded Performance Supplement package ULTIMATE RECOVERY™ Extruded Performance Supplement

Feed Form Extruded
Type of Horse Performance Horses
Crude Protein 18.00%
Crude Fat 18.00%
Crude Fiber 10.00%

 

ULTIMATE FINISH™ 25 package ULTIMATE FINISH™ 25

Feed Form Extruded Nugget
Type of Horse All Ages
Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat 25.00%
Crude Fiber   8.00%

ULTIMATE FINISH™ 40 package ULTIMATE FINISH™ 40

Feed Form Soft Pellet
Type of Horse All Ages
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 40.00%
Crude Fiber   7.00%

ULTIMATE FINISH™ 100 package ULTIMATE FINISH™ 100

Feed Form Granulated
Type of Horse All Ages
Crude Fat 99.00%

EQ8™ Gut Health Multi-Textured Feed package EQ8™ Gut Health Multi-Textured Feed

Feed Form Multi-textured
Type of Horse Mature
Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat   8.00%
Crude Fiber 14.50%

 

EQ8™ Senior Gut Health Multi-Textured Feed package EQ8™ Senior Gut Health Multi-Textured Feed

Feed Form Multi-textured
Type of Horse Mature horses
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 10.00%
Crude Fiber 14.50%

SAFE 'N EASY™ PERFORMANCE Pelleted Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ PERFORMANCE Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse Performance Horses
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 12.00%
Crude Fiber 20.00%

SAFE 'N EASY™ Senior Extruded Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ Senior Extruded Feed

Feed Form Extruded
Type of Horse Mature Senior Horses and Ponies

Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 10.00%
Crude Fiber 20.00%

SAFE 'N EASY™ Complete Pelleted Feed package SAFE 'N EASY™ Complete Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse Mature Horses

Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat 5.00%
Crude Fiber 22.00%

SUPREME™ 14 Pelleted Feed package SUPREME™ 14 Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse All Life Stages
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat   6.00%
Crude Fiber   8.50%

CADENCE™ Textured Feed package CADENCE™ Textured Feed

Feed Form Textured
Type of Horse Performance Horses
Crude Protein 10.00%
Crude Fat 10.00%
Crude Fiber 10.00%

 

TRIFECTA™ Sweet Pelleted Feed package TRIFECTA™ Sweet Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Sweet Pelleted
Type of Horse Performance Horses
Crude Protein 12.00%
Crude Fat 12.00%
Crude Fiber 12.00%

CADENCE™ Ultra Sweet Pelleted Feed package CADENCE™ Ultra Sweet Pelleted Feed

Feed Form Sweet Pellet
Type of Horse Performance Horses
Crude Protein 14.00%
Crude Fat 14.00%
Crude Fiber 14.00%

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