Is it just weight... Or something else?
My 10 y/o OTTB gelding has had weight problems, he was at a ranch and not well taken care of and went through a very bad winter with no blanket or feed just the mud pen and rotten hay bales. I bought him in march, he didn't slick out as quick as others, I actually took a curry comb to him in May. I've had two vets opinions. One said teeth, so I had them floated. Another said bloodworms and I had him treated. He never acts in pain, he's never coliced, one vet even said he thought he looked good for a 10 y/o OTTB... he suggested I take him off all the feed he was on since he was acting hot. He said it's better he's a little skinny than acting how he was. I had him on rice bran, 12% livestock, soaked beet pulp, and Farnam weight builder. He hasn't lost any weight, I just hate seeing his ribs, it seemed he only gained weight to a point and then quit, he's held that weight, and I don't have to feed him all that anymore, I was wondering if there's any other possibilities that might be causing this. I'm going to post a picture so you can see how he looks, he has 24-hour access to pasture, hay, and shelter. He gets fed a coffee can of rice bran and 12% mixed in the morning and evening along with some carrots and/or apples.
I'm doing that to maintain his weight until I figure out where to go from there.. Vets haven't been much help... What they have told me, I've done and it hasn't affected his weight. Anyone have any experience with thoroughbreds and weight problems when it turns out to be something deeper? I don't believe he has ulcers, he never seems like his stomach is in pain in any way... I'm open to all answers.
Also, he has loose stool, like cowpies. It's very green looking. And usually a little liquid comes out afterwards that runs down his rear a little. He also is very gassy, farting all the time, especially when he gets excited... I know it's better they fart than not but this may mean something else... It's been going on for a few months now.
His ribs show barely more than the picture shows. Also his backbone? Is it supposed to stick out like it does, or be fat like a QH's back?
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Last edited by shortysmalls; 11-07-2011 at 07:25 PM.