Rocky is a 29 years old gelding who was rescued in March 2011. He was severly underweight and even though we managed to put around 150Ibs on him,its still really bad. When we got him he had fungal infection which is now cured -according to the vet- but his coat is still very oily even though we already reduced the amount of protein he is getting. (we have been told that's the reason) And he still has to get his food because he really needs to fatten up. He also has dandruff and very serious infestation with lice. Although we already killed lots of the lice with the shampoo and powder,the problem is still there. I he also recently had colic... so,to sum it up - everything is going wrong and he actually lost a bit of weight again (enough to be noticable by eye) So if anyone here would be able to answer my questions I would be very thankful :) And if you have anything else to add,please do.
1] exercise - he is exercised every second day - mainly walk, little bit of trot. Sometimes slow lope.
2] food - unlimited grass and hay, 2 barrels full of haylage, this is what he eats in a day - suplement to aid digesting for old and stressed horses, chaff 1 1/2 a bowl ,1 a bowl of oats , 1 bowl of molasses, and a little bit of sugar beet. Water and salt lick is available at all times.
3] Teeth were checked and they are good
My questions are mainly-
Is the food amount alright or is my description not good enough to tell? :P
What should we do with the lice? Would garlic help?
This is a bit of a childish question but is there any way to make him less depressed?
Is his excercise good?
Why do you think he could have colic? - he didnt have more then usual,wasnt exercised after meal..he just had his usual meal and 3/4 of an apple.