Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz View Post
Let me clear just a few things up. My horse eats one 40lb bale of hay a day! It is a timothy grass mix. He eats 6 pounds (total for the day) of Purina ultium which IS the recommended amount for him right now because hes doing little to no exercise. I will NOT switch to the Enriched feeds because I dont like the 32 percent protein that comes threw them alone. When he is going through heavy workouts his feed gets increased but right now he is at little to no exercise. He also gets blanketed. But he has plenty of good quality hay, never a minute of the day does he ever go without.
Then he should be holding his weight fine. In fact, he should be too fat. The fact that he is not, says that there is either something wrong with him (teeth need done, needs to be dewormed, possibly needs tape worm dewormer, has a metabolic issue, etc.) or there is something wrong with the Ultium (or the hay could be poorer quality than it looks).
I'm telling you, my horse LOST weight on Ultium. It did something to rev up his metabolism and we had to feed him a LOT more food than should be neccessary.
Just try it, for 30 days. STOP feeding Ultium. Just feed him hay, alfalfa, some beet pulp, and a fat supplement. Throw in a vit/mineral if you want to be "safe," like the Uckele Equi-Base grass, Sellect II, or Smart Pak Smart Vit Maintenance Grass. Just bit your tongue and TRY. If it doesn't help, you can come in here and say "I told you so!" lol
Here's what I would have him on, total daily ration:
- 2 lbs dry weight beet pulp
- 4 lbs alfalfa (cubes, pellets, whatever)
- 1 cup of corn oil or 2 cups of whole flax seeds
- Uckele Equi-Base Grass
If he doesn't begin to gain weight on that and all the hay he can eat in 30 days, then there might something wrong with him. I'd have a second vet do a full blood panel on him and an exam.