Originally Posted by whistler49
I was able to "adopt" an 18-20 yr old little arab gelding-body score of between 1 and 2. Our vet seriously thought the horse would not live-but we wanted to give it a chance. He had his teeth floated, as well as a couple of wormings. It took about 9 months but we brought this little guy back to full health and found him a wonderful home.
We had a lot of success with adding soaked beet pulp and flax seeds-this was instrumental in his weight gain. That along with soaked alfalfa cubes, senior extruded feed, Recovery for arthritis, and free choice alfalfa/timothy hay.
She does get about 2.5 lbs of soaked beet pulp during the dead of winter, mixed with another 2.5 lbs of alfalfa pellets for one feeding daily (since she won't touch soaked feed if it's too soupy), but our vet told us to back off of it once the temps started to come up at around the end of January.
Due to the results of her feeding program from her previous owners, I'm hesitant to give her any significant amount of a complete feed - her previous owners were giving her approx 15 lbs. Of Strategy feed daily, and the nutritionist told us that she was so toxic that she couldn't have anything other than Orchard Grass hay, Orchard grass pellets and whatever pasture she was on for a full 12 months so that her system could detox - but we have been considering it (but only up to 2 lbs or so daily).