Need Help with Weight!
I had Diesel out with some people who were riding him in exchange for lease. They were told to feed him three flakes of good quality grass/alfalfa hay that I supplied twice a day, plus about a cup and a half of grain that I also supplied. This was after talking to my vet about maintaining his weight while I started to work him again. I had been out of town for a bit, and I went and saw him and was shocked to see that he had dropped way down to where I keep him. I asked the owners what they were feeding him, and they said that for the 4 full sized horses, and 4 minis out there, they were putting out 11 flakes of hay. Also, Diesel is very low-man on the totem so it seems like he has been getting bullied away from his feed.
I am moving him within this week so that he can gain weight and get back his manners as he seemed to have lost them with the kids riding him.
How would you suggest I go about this? Should I use any supplements? Do you think I should just talk to my veterinarian again? Any help would be appreciated. I hate seeing him this underweight. I would say he is about 75-90lbs underweight. His withers are more pointy, you can see a faint outline of ribs, and his hips are skinnier than I like. He is wormed and UTD on everything and will be moving ASAP