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I know what I suspect, what would you think?

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        08-28-2013, 08:57 PM
    Is it possible that since he has teeth problems that the feed isnt right for him?
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        08-28-2013, 09:08 PM
    He is on a high quality senior feed which was recommended by Vet and the head of a rescue that I respect. And I agree that teeth can cause a lot of problems with weight so I make sure they are checked and have floating done before there are any issues.
        08-28-2013, 09:56 PM
    Since the vet has been out and his teeth have been checked and he is chewing well, first I would make sure he is getting the correct amount of feed. I would want to see how it is being weighed. Saying a horse gets one or two scoops is not giving a weight. The feed bag will have the recommended amount by weight that the horse ought to be getting. Second even though its not mentioned I assume he is getting hay, so I would ask the BO to give him more hay, or find a way to give him more hay. I have never boarded a horse, I have them on my property. But if I did board a horse and the BO blew me off and did not address my concerns I would not be pleasant about it. You are paying for a service and your concerns should be addressed in a professional manor.

    By the way it sounds like your horse is in great caring hands with you. Great job bringing the horse back to health. I hope you figure out the feeding situation.
        08-28-2013, 10:08 PM
    Green Broke
    Do you have a picture of your horse that you can post, Sunnylucy?
        08-28-2013, 10:11 PM
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    You sound like a very caring owner . I hope that things are resolved and that your horse will soon be fully into good health.
        08-29-2013, 10:28 AM
    Maybe change the type of hay given? My horses do just fine with grass hay in the summer, but sometimes people drop my alfalfa or grass/alfalfa mix bales by accident and I'm forced to use them. Once my horses get a taste of the alfalfa, it's like they're addicts. They get mopey about eating anything else for a while, and will leave large amounts of (nice) grass hay in their stall. Then they eventually forget about it, and eat every last scrap of their hay.
    Perhaps you need to check out the hay? See what's in it, see if the type has changed, or if the provider (i.e., where they got the hay from) has changed. I've also known some barns to cut way back on hay during the summer, as the horses have access to pasture. But if your horse is free to choose between stall and pasture, he may be choosing the stall more frequently, and not get out to eat due to heat and bugs.

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