Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
If she's missing teeth, that makes it hard for her to grind her food properly and she can't get all the nutrients out of it that she needs.
Beet pulp is really good for packing on weight. There's also a liquid supplement called Red Cell that worked wonders for many horse I know that needed to gain weight. It's packed with vitamins and it's good for their coats, too. Make sure she's getting plenty of fiber and minimal sugar. You want a feed that has more oil and as little sugar as possible. A lot of senior feeds are real sugary, and I've found that regular pelleted feed works better. You could put a little bit of water in it to make it easier for her to chew. Soaking her hay might be a good idea, too. You might also want to try roasted soy beans. About a cup a day with her normal feed. They have a lot of oil in them, which is good for their coat and can help maintain weight. Horses love them, too. =D You want to make sure she gets plenty of pasture time, too. That's one of the best things you can do for her. Along with free choice hay.
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