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    07-22-2009, 02:09 PM
You can also try peanut hay if that's available to you, I heard it works wonders on putting weight on a horse, good luck
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    07-22-2009, 11:33 PM
If she's showing signs of EPM, she needs to be on medication for it. EPM will definatey keep her from gaining weight. There is an EPM powder you could put her on, I forget what its called right now but I have some at the barn... you can get it from the vet. Its cheap, about $80 for a month supply. It helps try to kill the bacteria that cause the EPM, its pretty good.
    07-23-2009, 12:06 AM
What kind of senior feed is she on?
    07-24-2009, 11:43 AM
Dunmore? I think that is the brand I've started buying at Tractor Supply. For a longer time, it would Purina, but I started shopping at Tractor Supply, and that is the only brand they sell.
    07-24-2009, 12:07 PM
If all other physical reasons have been ruled out, then you will want to work on feeding and light exercise. Horses that are aged can be harder to put weight on, but I was recently a large part in bringing a late 20s mare from your horses previous condition to a healthy weight, so it is very possible.

Alfalfa cubes are helpful. We gave this horse alfalfa pellets 3 times a day, 2 qts each feeding. She was also started on a Purina supplement called Amplify. I would definitely recommend it.

Next, I would actually start exercising her a little. Horses in extreme starvation mode are hard to put weight on. I would start handwalking her, starting with 1/4 mile a day and working up to about a mile a day, more if she is handling it well. We aren't just looking for adding fat, but also muscle. Your pace in the walk should be steady, not too slow, but not rushing either. Grooming is also very important. A good daily curry and brush especially along the areas where there is supposed to be muscle mass will help to stimulate the area and improve circulation.

We often times think too much about the best way to gain weight is sit on the couch and fill up on food. That is how we gain weight, but not our way to better health. Not to mention, all of the hand walking is good for the person too! You will be surprised that with regular maintenance not just into what is going in the body, but what the body is doing will help the horses whole overall appearance. Good luck!
    07-24-2009, 12:18 PM
Alfalfa is a good choice because it helps buffer the stomach. I don't think she's added substantial weight but she atleast looks happier and her eyes have life back in them. Good job just keep truckin...she'll get there.

Oh also...have you thought about a horse chiropractor. Might be hard to find a certified one in your area. But my horse's chiro has suggested that some hard keepers need an adjustment to help gain weight. Her sacroiliac area (pelvis top of rump) certainly looks awkward to me.

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