Malt beer huh? That's a new one for me! Never heard of trying that before. But hey, whatever works. She's actually eating her grain just fine. I might just have to take the chance of increasing it a little more.
I talked to a couple different vets and some of my mentors from a long time ago. They pretty much all said its a combination of her aging and the low-grade infection that probably stresses her out. Her bloodwork is fine so its a matter or finding a different way of adding the pounds to her. THey also said I shouldn't expect her to look that way she used to. She will probably always look thin along her topline while she might end up being too heavy on her underside. I just gotta watch her really carefully and make sure that her looks don't get deceiving. Its sad though. My poor girl is finally getting old. She put it off for a long time but its catching up with her now. :(
Sorry, I've been really busy lately and haven't gotten online much. No, I haven't tried the malt beer yet. I'll see if I can remember to take some out today and see how she likes it. Hehe, I kinda just want to see the look on her face when she tastes it. She is doing better though. I took her blankets off of her a couple days ago since it was sunny for the first time in a loooong time (that's Oregon for you) and brushed her out really well. Her topline is still a little skinny looking, but she's actually carrying a lot more weight than I thought she was throughout her underside. I can barely see her ribs now and aside from a a lack of muscle, her shoulders and hips are looking much better. I started her on the arthritis supplement last week and of course she hates the apple flavor but she's getting it in a syringe every morning and that seems to be helping her move better. Now that the rain and snow have let up a bit she had been getting outside alot more lately too. FINALLY. She does have a small paddock attached to her stall, but its not enough. I will try to get some pictures with the digital camera today. She's darn hairy but her coat is healthy and she seems to be quite alert and in good spirits. She's just one of those that I will have to keep my eye on constantly. I did change her grain a bit. I was mixing with rolled oats, but I've taken those out completely and increased the amount to a full 3# can 2x a day with plain oats for "lunch". I also let her have a 50# salt block in her stall now to encourage more water consumption now that she's eating more grain. I'll see how those changes do and go from there.