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post #1 of 7 Old 12-29-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Putting weight back on a horse

I have an 11 year old gelding who has dropped alot of weight this summer. He gets 8 lbs of senior feed a day plus a couple of flakes of hay. He was wormed a month ago but nothing seems to be helping. Getting really worried.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-29-2011, 02:10 PM
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Have you had his teeth done? Is he up to date on vaccs? Do you have pics of before and after? All these things must be taken into account before we can give much advise. Have you talked o your vet?
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-29-2011, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Have not had his teeth done yet. The vet is my next option. I don't have a trailer so while I try to find one I can borrow I'm lookin for things to try.
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If he is not able to eat properly due to dental issues, you are fighting a 4 alarm fire with a garden hose. Teeth are a priority to fix before the weight will come back.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-29-2011, 02:47 PM
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I reccomend getting his teeth done asap. Also look into worming him with something more powerful like powerpac. That way it will clean him out really good. You can also mix a cup of corn oil with his grain twice a day. That will help too
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-29-2011, 06:26 PM
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have you tried hay and grass ? a couple flakes a day isnt very much unless he is eating grass all day. That horse should have free choice hay/ grass all day and night. I do that first.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-29-2011, 06:34 PM
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Beet pulp has helped my hard keeper. I mix a little rice bran oil with it, so she puts on weight, has a healthy GI tract, and her coat and skin look great. We had the same issue, the vet came out to float her teeth, and he said they didn't look bad enough to float. She's been dewormed plenty, she's just an old hag and a hard keeper.

I would make sure that it's NOT worms or teeth before you try other things though. If you're trying all sorts of stuff when she has bad teeth, you might as well be throwing money away.
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