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        09-24-2013, 08:38 AM
    Body condition help *pics*

    My 11yr old appendix gelding does not hold weight at all and I'm not sure what to do!
    I've heard that adding oil to his feed can help him gain weight but I've also heard bad things about oil too?
    Any weight gaining supplements ?

    Please no rude comments, I only bought him about two weeks ago and he is fed enough as suggested by my vet but I don't want to start working him until he gains some weight

    Pics to come today (in school right now so they won't download)
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        09-24-2013, 10:45 AM
    I think one of the first things that people with more experience than me are going to say is.....get on a worming schedule. I personally, am a fan of herbs, and so I avoid chemicals wherever possible.
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        09-24-2013, 10:48 AM
    You might want to get a vet out to check his teeth. If he has some hooks, or enamel points, it could be making chewing painful so he will eat less, or he may not be able to chew properly, stopping him from properly digesting his food.
        09-24-2013, 11:07 AM
    He is not on grass pasture so I'm sure that has something to do with it.

    He is on a regular worming schedule and I rotate wormers
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        09-24-2013, 01:25 PM
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    Teeth, fecal and ulcers. Check those things out. Grass shouldn't matter if he's being fed QUALITY hay.
        09-24-2013, 02:43 PM
    Besides pics, we need to know what he eats, how much of it by weight, and how often. Don't ask....go and weigh it yourself.
        09-24-2013, 03:08 PM
    Exactly what I was going to say deserthorsewoman.

    Adding something like oil or cool calories is only going to help if he gets enough to eat. If he is not gaining weight I would be feeding more. Free choice quality hay is always available to my hard keepers or horses that are trying to put weight on.
        09-24-2013, 06:16 PM
    Originally Posted by Nikkibella    
    He is not on grass pasture so I'm sure that has something to do with it.

    He is on a regular worming schedule and I rotate wormers
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    many horses need something other than a regular schedule to rid them of worms.
        09-25-2013, 10:16 AM
    He gets 2 flakes of T&A and 1 costal and two scoops of "seminole gold chance 10"in the morning (around 6:30am) afternoon (around 4pm) he gets 3 scoops of beet pulp and two more scoops of Seminole gold chance 10 along with about half a cup of ground flax seed, evening (around 6pm) 2 more flakes of T&A and 1 costal
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        09-25-2013, 10:17 AM
    Churumbeque what else can I do to rid him of worms ?
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