Help with a skinny horse!
My QH gelding is around 15.3hh and is the sweetest guy! When I rescued him, he wasn't terribly thin, but we were told he was a hard keeper. Recently, however, he dropped a massive amount of weight in a matter of two weeks or so, showing hip bones, spine, and tailbone now. He is wormed regularly (every 3 months) with ivermectin. We rushed him to the vet thinking his teeth were bad. His teeth did need floating so we had that done, but he was also full of worms. We did a treatment to rid him of worms and two weeks later, used a one time dose of deworming grain on his feed. He has 24/7 access to Bermuda/fescue grass and hay, and we are feeding him senior feed with probiotics and weight builder. The vet didn't seem worried about his weight drop at all and said the dewormer would fix him. It has been three weeks now and he's showed no signs of gain. We've tried corn oil (no inflammation issues) and beet pulp as well. His feet are in good shape, his coat has never been shiny but it doesn't look any worse, and he still acts like he's feeling good. He's off work for now but likes to run the fence line playing and runs to you in the pasture. The vet confirmed his age was accurate (10) just to be sure. I may just be impatient to see results as this guy is my baby. Thoughts are welcome, negativity is not.