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post #1 of 6 Old 03-26-2012, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,
I need some input! I have a appy who was hard to keep weight on last year. She looks great now that we had a decent winter, but I am worried about the upcoming year.
We had her on purina's ultium - 2 lbs - 4 lbs a day with alfalfa/grass mixed hay over the winter. She doesn't seem to want her pellets anymore - hard to get 2lbs down a day now. Last summer - we were up to 8lbs/day, and extra hay.
Our Vet recommended going to an oat mix as an alternative, do they get enough nutrition on an oat mix??
Help!
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I think that, first and foremost, you should have her teeth checked. Horses don't just stop eating. Horses need their teeth floated once a year at a minimum.

I think that the first step would be increasing hay. A horse should eat hay primarily. Perhaps free choice would be a good option?

As for switching her to an oat mix... you could start her on a supplement to bridge the nutritional gap. There are tons of great supplements available.

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Hi Mudpie,
Thanks for the input. I talked to my vet yesterday, he floated her teeth last year, and he didn't feel her teeth were an issue...........but I think you may be on the right track. I will have them checked to be safe.
Thanks much!
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Hi Mudpie,
Thanks for the input. I talked to my vet yesterday, he floated her teeth last year, and he didn't feel her teeth were an issue...........but I think you may be on the right track. I will have them checked to be safe.
Thanks much!
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To make sure she's getting enough nutrition while you figure out why she isn't eating much, it would be good to put her on a ration balancer. They don't offer much in the way of calories, but fill in the nutritional holes from just feeding hay.

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You could also try giving her a mash of beet pulp and rice bran if she needs more calories.
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I think that, first and foremost, you should have her teeth checked. Horses don't just stop eating. Horses need their teeth floated once a year at a minimum.

I think that the first step would be increasing hay. A horse should eat hay primarily. Perhaps free choice would be a good option?

As for switching her to an oat mix... you could start her on a supplement to bridge the nutritional gap. There are tons of great supplements available.
What? That's way old time.. Floating your horses teeth when they don't need it will just cause the teeth to be worn down way to much. Not to mention the huge vet bill. Now yearlings should have their teeth floated every 6 months - usually- but doing it for adult horses every year no matter what is completely unnecessary. Some horses may not grind their food properly and develop hooks and therefore need it every year, BUT that's because they NEED them done.. Casey went four years without a float, and I had two different vets that did her shots and said she didn't need her teeth done, but that is probably because she can constantly eat hay/pasture.

Other than that, I agree. Definatley free choice (24/7 access) to pasture or hay.
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