Help! - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 03-14-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: north carolina
Posts: 4
• Horses: 1
Unhappy Help!

okay so I just purchased a 15yr belgian mare at the first of the year... she was a little low in weight on her back end, but ..she was in with 6 other horses. The people kept 2 round bales of hay all the time out there and they fed her 2 gallons of sweet feed a day in the same pasture, she is not a pushy mare and a slow eater so I figured the other horses was eating her food before she got to finish = causing her to loose weight . Well I brought her home gave her a wormer and good hay put her in with my older gelding and started her on senior feed and electrolytes well it seems as if she is not gaining any weight and in fact losing more then what she was at she is really sinking in on her hips she drops her food but she picks it all back up. The vet said maybe she is stressed I did recently move one of my horses and he has told me to do many things but seems like its not working so he is coming this weekend. Today I gave her a stronger wormer and im going to start her on soaked beet pulp. I just don't know what else to do! I am giving her 10x better and more food and she looked better when she was getting hardly nothing :( any ideas?
luckymare29 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 03-14-2011, 03:27 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
Are you weighing your senior feed or feeding it by volume?

It is pretty common when someone switches from a non-extruded feed to an extruded feed they mistakenly starve the horse for a while because they are feeding it by volume and not weight.

What do you mean by good hay?

Have her teeth been checked?

Have you done a fecal?

How much work does she get?
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 03-14-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: north carolina
Posts: 4
• Horses: 1
I did actually start with the same feed as the former owner and gradually switched her over, yes her teeth does need floated and that what the vet is also going to do. This may be a dum ? But when a horse needs there teeth floated how do they loose weight when they eat all of the food, like in her case she drops her food alot and it may take her longer, but there is not a drop left when she is done with her food.?
As far as work I have a full time job and I do just pleasure riding, she gets rode 30 mins to and 1hr 2 days out of the week with time change she will be getting more time on her. Should I not ride her as much or should I ride her more?
luckymare29 is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 03-14-2011, 03:42 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
Do you know how much hay she is actually eating?

If their mouth hurts and it takes them forever to eat they are probably not ingesting much hay.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 03-14-2011, 04:25 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
Easy answer to your Q: horse can't grind the food with its teeth, so either a) doesn't get nutrients because the food can't break down or b) horse expends more energy breaking down the food. So the horse might be eating but not actually getting "fed" from the food.
Posted via Mobile Device
JustDressageIt is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 03-14-2011, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: north carolina
Posts: 4
• Horses: 1
no that makes perfect sense!! Thank you!
luckymare29 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome