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    04-30-2007, 10:20 PM
  #1
Foal
Our old man just can't keep weight on

Buddy is a miniature horse stallion that is around 28 or 29 years old and can't keep weight. The vet checked him out, floated his teeth, and suggested that we keep his senior feed moist. For the most part, he eats all of his food, but he's still skinny. Any advice to get him to keep some weight?

This picture is from last year. I'm kind of embarrassed to post this, but I promise you, he doesn't look this bad anymore. We did get some weight on him, and also pulled his mane, etc. But as you can see, he is very skinny.

     
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    04-30-2007, 11:15 PM
  #2
Yearling
Does he have teeth left? How long are they? What are you feeding? When was he last wormed? How much are you feeding? How much hay? Is he allowed turnout?
     
    05-01-2007, 12:45 AM
  #3
Foal
"Does he have teeth left? How long are they? What are you feeding? When was he last wormed? How much are you feeding? How much hay? Is he allowed turnout? "

Ditto!

Feeds that can help with wt. Gain are: beet pulp, rice bran, boss (Black Oil Sunflower Seeds). The last two are high in fatty acids, and can help also with coat condition, and sand clearing. There are lots of others, but I'm only familiar with these three. If you give beet pulp, make sure it is well soaked for him as it is rock hard. I would definitely moisten/soak all his food. At his age, even if he can chew stuff, he may have a hard time digesting it.
     
    05-01-2007, 05:24 PM
  #4
Foal
He gets fed a small scoop of Purina Mills Equine Senior (if we feed him any more than that, he just ends up dumping it all out and feeding the birds.) Throughout the day he probably gets 2 maybe 3-4 flakes of hay (he's in with his mare so they share.) He does have his teeth, and is allowed turn out. He's always wormed with the rest of the equines. The last time was almost 6 weeks ago, so he will be wormed again soon.
     
    05-01-2007, 10:23 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MariHxc
He gets fed a small scoop of Purina Mills Equine Senior (if we feed him any more than that, he just ends up dumping it all out and feeding the birds.) Throughout the day he probably gets 2 maybe 3-4 flakes of hay (he's in with his mare so they share.) He does have his teeth, and is allowed turn out. He's always wormed with the rest of the equines. The last time was almost 6 weeks ago, so he will be wormed again soon.
I would first send off a fecal sample to your vet and have them check for worms or internal parasites. You may need to go on a stronger deworming program. I would then separate the two horses to allow them to eat hay individually. The horse may not be allowing the pony to eat as much as possible. Then, I would give the pony free choice hay.
Secondly, Have you tried beet pulp? Canola oil? Different feeds? Heated or "mashed" feeds? Cubed alfalfa?
When you look at the stool, is everything digested?
     
    05-03-2007, 06:42 PM
  #6
Foal
Did the vet do any bloodwork? That might be something to consider.
     
    05-30-2007, 11:37 PM
  #7
Foal
First check to see if there is anything wrong with his bloodwork. If there isnt then I would try either fastrack or Immunall. Immunall is new here but works amazingly to help get horses back on track. Check out http://www.sheridancreektack.com that is at least where I get mine!
     
    06-03-2007, 02:27 AM
  #8
Foal
My mare has similar issues due to a tumor on her thyroid. Rice bran is working wonders - she's by no means fat, but she has definitely put weight on!
     
    06-03-2007, 08:30 AM
  #9
Weanling
You can also add corn oil to his food. Another thing you can do in addition to additives is to put probiotics in/on his food daily. They are microorganisms that help the gut to "use" all the nutrients he gets.
     
    06-04-2007, 01:13 PM
  #10
Foal
Most senior feeds have probiotics added to them already. Corn oil is also a good thing to add, although it didn't work as well for putting weight on my mare. I mainly use it as a laxative now to keep things moving in the right direction.
     

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