So I have a five year old APHA mare who has given me a run for my money when it comes to her weight. I really have tried everything in the book. The vet comes out at least once a month to do blood work and she is clear. So that rules out all of that. Anyway to the point, she had her teeth done two saturdays ago, she needed to be done badly even though the place I got her from swears up and down she had them done regulary. Well it seems like her weight is coming along slowly but she eats a lot worse then before. She eats her hay and grass fine but it takes her nearly thirty minutes to eat her grain. She takes small mouth fulls and chews, she drops some of the grain and salivates pretty bad. She never did this before. Did her teeth get messed up even more or is this just the way she is goin to eat?
She is one Purina Strategy Professional formula, she has just switched over from Purina senior because her teeth just got done and it wasn't meeting her fat and protein needs. She was on it before and never had this problem that's why I'm so confused.
I think some horses are just slow eaters...finally had cochises teeth done a month ago..he is like a different horse..he has always been a slow eater though and still is. He is always the last to finish...but with his teeth done now he seems to actually enjoy eating. It just used to be my walker that would check everyones stall after they eat to see if they left some, but now Cochise does it too..so that tells me the floating worked. But he does still drop some food, and I really think they just have to adjust to their new bite too...he drops less now that right after he had them floated. And my mare is a total hard keeper for weight..had to put her back up to a scoop and a half because I noticed she is starting to drop again. And strategy is great...they also have this new strategy out called strategy healthy edge that I tried..but switched back because my mare didnt care for it. But I wanted to try it because its still pellet but they added that amplify pellet to it for higher fat content. And you want them to put weight on slowly, they have alot less health issues that way.
I am going to try the new Strategy. The feed store had to special order it because they wont start carrying it until the demand of it goes up. She is on free choice hay, well sorta, she gets two flakes in the morning, one after I get home, and three at night(unless she goes out on grass then its just one maybe two if they are small) I have slowly upped her grain but am to worried about colic and all the other problems associated with a lot of grain so she doesnt get that much. The vet and dentist both said the best way to put on weight is free choice hay. I'm just worried about how long its taking her to eat the grain and how she is eating it.
If you switched her from senior to regular strategy, she might have to go slower because senior feed is developed for older horses with bad teeth. It is usually easier to crumble and chew. With the regular feed, she probably has to work for it. If it takes her an hour to eat it, let it take an hour. As long as she doesnt get frustrated and just walk away from it, whats the harm?