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post #11 of 43 Old 07-16-2013, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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How bad are the bugs? In the close up photo I can see the welts. Stomping bugs in the heat will take weight off very quickly and hinder any weight gain.
Yeah the bugs have been terrible!! They really irritate him, I didn't even think of that! I have tried different bug sprays but I have yet to find one that works.. The one I have now is pretty descent but you have to spray it on often or it won't last all day. Plus I just ran out

The last 2 pics look terrible.. Honestly in person he doesn't look that skinny. Even my farrier said he's seen skinnier. But you can tell he is definitely slim. When he first started loosing weight I talked to the vet on the phone and he said to give him a couple months to gain it back on but still nothing. The vet also said it was a TB thing since he has TB in him and they tend to be "lean" but I think he is most certainly underweight! We'll see what the vet says..

As for the teeth I don't know much about it I just know he got it done not that long ago but he really doesn't act like his teeth bother him at all..

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post #12 of 43 Old 07-16-2013, 04:48 PM
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I'm new here but just wanted to point something out.

You mentioned earlier that he was an "old grump". That could be mostly due to an ulcer or other ailment that's causing him discomfort. You also said that you "can still get him to do everything you want him to do" and that could be because he's such a well trained horse with a heart of gold, but it doesn't mean he feels good doing it.

I'm so glad you're calling the vet. It'll be interesting to see what he/she says.
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Haha I didn't mean anything about him being an old grump I was just making fun of his age. ;) he really is a sweetheart and honestly I don't think he is in any pain other than his joints sometimes bother him but I got that covered. I'll let you guys know what the vet says but I don't think he'll find anything, I could be wrong and I don't know much about ulcers but I really don't think he has anything majorly wrong with him.. I just think he's having a real hard time putting weight back on. If he did have something wrong with him wouldn't he be continually loosing weight? He's look about the same since winter I really just can't seem to make him gain

And I don't think his occasional stubbornness is from pain he's been like that ever since I've got him :)

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When you have the vet out have him/her look at your hay & it may need to be tested for nutritional quality.
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When you have the vet out have him/her look at your hay & it may need to be tested for nutritional quality.
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The beet pulp can be good if theres nothing else wrong with him. I'm feeding almost 3 lbs of it (increased slowly over 2 weeks) to my yearling filly who was very thin and it is doing a good job of helping fill in her ribs when normal feed and hay wasn't. Make sure you soak it well though, and you might want to try the shreds instead of the pellets just because they're easier for the old guys to chew.

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The beet pulp can be good if theres nothing else wrong with him. I'm feeding almost 3 lbs of it (increased slowly over 2 weeks) to my yearling filly who was very thin and it is doing a good job of helping fill in her ribs when normal feed and hay wasn't. Make sure you soak it well though, and you might want to try the shreds instead of the pellets just because they're easier for the old guys to chew.
Yes I'm hoping this helps! I just introduced a little bit of this to Rocky about half an hour ago.. I soaked it for about 2 and a half hours (in the house with the AC because I didn't want it to get rotten in this hot weather) and at first he wouldn't eat it but I drained most of the water so that all was left was the fluffy beet pulp. He ate it no problems. I have a 40lb bag that I just bought yesterday so he'll have to stick with the pellets for now but in the future if shreds are easier for him to eat then I'm all for it. When I bought the pellets I just figured that since they would have to be soaked either way it wouldn't matter and the pellets would be less messy but yeah I guess shreds might be easier for him.. I've read good things about the beet pulp and I'm really hoping it makes a difference!!
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Alfalfa and beet pulp are good for weight gain. Alfalfa was the key for my horse, but keep in mind it can give them energy. The feed that made the most difference getting weight on my old horse (now 25) was Seminole Senior Wellness. Triple Crown Senior is also a good feed to look into.
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Definitely get the vet out & go from there. A few winters ago mine drastically lost weight, since he'd always been a super easy keeper, I didn't hesitate to call the vet.

All his blood levels where good, so we increased his protein intake A LOT. By that spring he had gained most of it back & since has gone back to a normal (high end of range) level of protein.

You may not get a definite answer, but you may be able to rule out many things
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post #20 of 43 Old 07-16-2013, 07:19 PM
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I am very interested to hear what the vet says. So keep us imformed!

I never knew that bugs could hinder a horse when it came to their weight. My gelding has lost a few pounds since I got him, and I was getting worried (vet is coming out tomorrow), but I have noticed that the bugs here are a WHOLE lot worse than where he came from. It makes sense though!
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