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post #1 of 4 Old 03-02-2010, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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i need some help!

I've never had an underweight horse before so when my arabian started to lose weight I freaked. My papaw had phenomia so he went to the hospital and couldnt take care of him so he lost some weight due to not being wormed and my other horse stealing his food when he was fed. What weight gain supplements work? Which are senior friendly? He is 14 + yrs old and he is hard to keep weight on. Would veg. Oil work in his food? Don't now a lot about weight gain as I've never needed to know.

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-03-2010, 09:03 AM
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At 14 y/o that Arabian should be in his prime. He's hardly what I'd consider aged.

If he's being bullied and his food taken away from him by the other horses, feeding him separately should do the trick.

It's not a case of him being a hard keeper, it's a case of him not getting enough to eat.

Don't go dousing his food with oil or change him over to senior feed, if you're not going to pull him out of the herd when he's fed. All that'll do is give the other horses even more fat and calories when they chase him away and eat it themselves.

Once he's eaten his meal, you can put him out with the rest of the herd.
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-03-2010, 10:49 AM
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I have to agree with him being in his prime. Out of all the Arabs I learned to ride on all are still kicking in their 20s. Actually my first horsey love just went to horsey heaven at 29. My friends stallion is 27 and still rearing to go.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-03-2010, 11:23 AM
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If this is a sudden change, the first step would be to check his teeth. You should also have a fecal examination to determine if he needs deworming, and if so what kind. Lastly, I agree with the above, an arabian at 14 should not be dropping weight if he is getting enough quality forage (2-4% of his body weight per day, depending on his work load).

When a horse of 14 starts to drop weight, it is likely an underlying health problem (teeth, parasites, etc.) or not enough groceries, not just normal aging so please have him evaluated by a veterinarian- it will save you money in the long run instead of throwing expensive feeds and suppliments at him!
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