Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
First I have to say good for you taking on this guy, he looks like a mess. Next, horses often start losing weight which isn't noticed at first and then it becomes apparent and seems to rapidly progress. However, since you were just out there a few weeks ago, this does seem awfully quick. Additionally, given the rapid weight loss, I'd be thinking about some sort of systemic illness, especially with the edema in the legs. Make sure the vet runs a CBC and chem panel when they do make it out to you.
I have to say just feeding sweet feed and oil is likely to give him diarrhea and add to your problems rather than help. Can you get hay cubes and soak them instead? Also, sweet feed in the face of the stress this guy is under is going to set him up for ulcers which will further add to your problems getting weight on him. The best thing this guy could have right now is as much hay as you can pack in him. If he can't eat the hay, get cubes and soak them. Maybe some beet pulp too, but if you get too rich with the fat and sugar content it is going to hurt rather than help. Good luck with him and please keep the forum updated.