Horse keeps losing weight
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Horse keeps losing weight

This is a discussion on Horse keeps losing weight within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • My horse is losing weight for no reason
  • Horse starts dropping weight

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-18-2008, 10:32 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse keeps losing weight

Well, the title basically explain it. My horse continues to lose weight. Not worms. Not her teeth. I've put her on a weight gain supplement. No matter how much I feed her, her ribs are becoming more pronounced daily.
I figured I'd ask some other horse people before calling out the vet, especially since I'm a limited income.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    06-18-2008, 10:48 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Have you tried adding beet pulp to her grain? Is she getitng hay and grass from her pasture?
     
    06-19-2008, 01:35 AM
  #3
Trained
Can you tell us what you are feeding her at the moment and how much she is being exercised?
     
    06-19-2008, 05:57 AM
  #4
Weanling
Could it be a stomach ulcer? Or possibly even cancer? I'm not a vet, but I know these two diseases can cause weight loss. Hard to say without having more info. How old is she? It does sound strange that she keeps losing weight - definitely have it checked out by the vet.
     
    06-19-2008, 11:04 AM
  #5
Yearling
First off I need to know what are you feeding her currently? Does she get any grain? Is she on freechoice hay and/or grass?

If she is not on freechoice hay and/or grass I would start immediately. Also, I would suggest giving her beetpulp like suggested above or using cocosoya oil. That is what I give my TB who is a hard keeper and it helped him gain weight and then keep the weight on in just a short time.

If nothing seems to help her gain weight I would seriously consider getting the vet out there immediately. As this could be something much more serious than just weight loss.

Good luck with her horse and I hope she starts gaining weight soon.
     
    06-19-2008, 12:23 PM
  #6
Yearling
Yep, it helps to know exactly what you are feeding right now before we can make suggestions. If you can tell us how much your horse should weigh and what you are feedingb (by weight) it would be great.
     
    06-19-2008, 03:19 PM
  #7
Showing
Re: Horse keeps losing weight

Quote:
Originally Posted by chewbooeh
Well, the title basically explain it. My horse continues to lose weight. Not worms. Not her teeth. I've put her on a weight gain supplement. No matter how much I feed her, her ribs are becoming more pronounced daily.
I figured I'd ask some other horse people before calling out the vet, especially since I'm a limited income.
It is difficult when financially you are in a bind BUT from what you posted I don't think there is anything else you can do on your own. I would get a vet out ASAP.
     
    06-20-2008, 12:30 AM
  #8
Yearling
If you are feeding her on gritty or sandy ground, her hay, anything, she could have sand in her intestines. Not only does she risk sand colic, but it makes weight gaining and maintaining greatly difficult.

Sand clear will take care of it if it is.
     
    06-20-2008, 09:55 AM
  #9
Weanling
I have a horse that looses weight too...im not sayin it is the same thing as your horse...but I put him on a weight gain supplement...he doesnt get stalled so he eats hay and grass as he pleases....but the vet said that if I uped his food with a supplement I need to make sure to up his excercise as well...he is just a trail horse so doesnt get rode everyday...but once I started riding him after uping his food, he put on some muscle and filled on out the rest of the way

He described it as they can get to a certain weight and without adequite excercise,they don't gain anymore, they just kind of sit at that weight
I don't know..im no expert at that thing!
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
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:

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



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0