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    05-28-2010, 12:36 PM
Originally Posted by corinowalk    
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.
That's what I'd think too.

BTW (and I may be wrong), my feeling was senior food is always more on fatty/protein side, because seniors often are hard to keep weight on.
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    05-28-2010, 12:39 PM
Yeah that's what I thought too until I went to the feed store and they redirected me back to strategy, I asked my vet about it and she agreed. I just can't seem to find the right feed for her and it's getting extremely frustrating
    05-28-2010, 12:48 PM
Originally Posted by Rylie22    
yeah that's what I thought too until I went to the feed store and they redirected me back to strategy, I asked my vet about it and she agreed. I just can't seem to find the right feed for her and it's getting extremely frustrating
Have you tried beet pulp pellets with oil and supplements added? Although some horses don't like beet pulp it seems to bring a weight pretty good plus it's very easy to chew when soaked.
    05-28-2010, 12:53 PM
I've tried both shredded and pelleted beet pulp(both soaked) and Rylie really didn't take to it. I like soaked alfalfa cubes but I haven't heard a lot of feed back from anyone about that being a good weight gain, the only thing I have heard is it is good for older horses that have a problem chewing hay. I have also tried omegatin and only saw a slight improvement nothing spectacular like I have read about.
    05-28-2010, 01:41 PM
Alfalfa cubes is a good idea actually. From what I heard they help to bring up the weight. If you feed pellets (I'm not very familiar with the Purina's brands) you can try to soak it a little once and see if your horse will like it more. I feed pellets to my mares (http://www.blueseal.com/equine/produ...Carb-Guard.pdf) and I soak it before feeding. They seem to be more happy this way (although they are dirty in mush :) ).
    05-28-2010, 01:57 PM
Well I'm going to put her back on soaked alfalfa cubes because she really enjoyed them. Strategy is a pelleted feed, ill try soaking it to see if she eats it better until she gets used to her "new" teeth. I know the best bet is to call the dentist back out but I just wanted to see if anyone else has run into a problem like this. She has put on about 30-40 pounds since her teeth got done so I'm not worried about her getting the nutrients, just worried about the dropped grain and the extra salivating. I'll most likely give her a little more time before I call the dentist back or wait until she comes back anyway to float my geldings.
    05-29-2010, 06:09 PM
40 pounds in a month sounds real nice to me. Seems like you are doing the right things for her so quit worryin so much. I feed alfalfa cubes as a treat--after a good work out or just walk in the pasture with a bucket and start tossin. Nothing better than a bunch of green lipped smilin horses.
    05-29-2010, 06:39 PM
You can also try using rice bran in addition to or in place of the alfalfa pellets. Its something like 20% fat content, so its really nice for putting on weight.

Also, sorry if you mentioned this in the OP, what does her hay ration look like? Hay is the best thing to put on weight, and if she has problems eating hard feed you could save your money and buy an extra bale of hay or two a month.
    05-29-2010, 07:46 PM
I can't help but worry/stress. It's hard to have a horse that can't seem to put weight on when you exhaust all your medical/dental resources, I've calmed down a bit because I keep telling myself she is a big animal and it's not like putting weight on a dog.

Justsam- she gets two(heavy)flakes in the morning, one good sized flake in the afternoon when I get home and two flakes at night. She also gets turned out for a few hours in the afternoon and almost half the day on weekends. We also just got this years first cut of hay which she loves(she leaves her grain to eat it) so I'm hoping this hay helps.
    05-30-2010, 05:25 PM
You aren't feeding enough hay. Unless you have monster flakes, 6 a day just won't cut it. The best way to put weight on a horse is as much excellent hay as the horse can eat.

Definitely up the hay. If it takes her a long time to eat, section her off until she's totally done eating. It sounds like you feed them all out in the open, let this one eat her hay in peace where nobody else will interfere.

I'd also add hay cubes or pellets to the horses grain, and soak it all down to make a mash. Easier to eat.

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