Seems like the TB in Oliver comes out this time of year. Now into my second winter with him and last year was so stressful with him getting pneumonia and getting depressed and not keeping a healthy weight with all that we tried!
I guess he is just not a good cold weather horse! He is not clipped at all this year, I waited as long as I could before nlanketsing him with just a sheet so he could grow a good thick winter coat, now that is getting into the 30's at night and he dropped weight I put his thicker blanket with hood on, on the clear sunny days where it's warmer the hood comes off.
When he is ridden he is warmed up and cooled down correctly, extra night check to make sure he's not needing an extra layer on the colder nights.
Before he started loosing weight (about 2 1/2 weeks ago) he was getting 10 pounds am and pm of grass/Timothy mix. For pm feeding with the 10 pounds of hay he'd get one scoop of oats, 1- 1 1/2 cups of grass pellets soaked, one scoop of shredded beet pulp, flax seed, fish oil and some aloe gel.
Since then we have upped his hay more then anything.
First we upped it to twice the orginal weight if hay he was getting.
Now he has a hay net full of hay in front of him 24/7 and is getting the pm ration of grain. We added a morning ration on grain, one cup of soaked grass pellets and a scoop of shredded beet pulp (yes both beet pulp and pellets are soaked correctly)
So I was out tonight doing barn chores and checked his weight, still can feel his ribs, maybe even more then two weeks ago!?
I live in the NorthWest, Seattle area. Vashon Island. It's been extremely rainy here, pastures are flooding, arena is half underwater....something that is just sadly so normal with this time of year. So he hasn't been ridden in the last two and half weeks due to weather and I got sick.
Ideas? Suggestions? Anything?
Both my trainer and I are at a loss, I made all these big changes for him in order for him to be healthy. In barn board to pasture with run in stall, changed training, didn't clip him, his feed is much better then last years. Last year after he was recovered from his bad bout with pneumonia, he still wasn't gaining weight so he was wormed, checked for ulcers....everything. Nothing seemed to give us the answer to what was wrong.
So our thought is to give it another week, if he loosed more I will be Purchessing VitaFlex Hard Keeper and hope that that will work? I really don't believe in supplements other then the naturals, oil and flax seed, aloe to help everything digest smoothly ESP with any feed changes.
Help, I am at loss. I don't want to go through another rough winter health wise with him.