Yeah I was afraid his growth may be permanently stunted. He's not my horse, I have just been helping with his situation. It was not a case of purposeful neglect, but just of owner inexperience. Said owner is now taking my advice on how to properly care/feed for him. I just wish I would had said something sooner! I tried the whole dropping hints thing for a while, and suggestions. Sometimes its hard to confront people. But at least we are doing something now. We had a bit of a "come to Jesus."
I'd put him at a body scale of around 2.5 ish, maybe 3. I looked up the body scale, its hard to tell on him. But I know he needs pounds, and he hasn't grown in a while. Anybody wanna fill me in on exactly how to tell what his "number" is?
Anyways, we have him on about 3 pounds a day (1.5 lbs 2x a day) of Junior Dynasty. He is also on pasture 24/7 now. We are going to see how that does. The owners bought a scale and a good amount of grain. I had thought about a weight builder, and will get some if necessary. We were going to slowly increase the amount of grain to about 6 lbs a day, but now were running into issues.
I would try beet pulp, but he is being picky lately. It's like he has no want for grain. We can't get him to eat it. At first he wanted it, then he started not wanting it, and now we can't get him to eat it at all. It's like he just wants hay or grass. Sigh
Any tips/tricks to get him to eat? He's being so picky! I was going to pick up molasses or something like that to coat it with. It's just so frustrating. My gelding will eat and eat and eat, no matter what and this guy just wont do it
Oh and as far as a vet, owner said she'd be willing to call one out if needed. So that's good. He had shots this year, and has been on a regular worming schedule as per the vets recommendations.
I just feel bad for him. He was bred at a farm where he never got any handling, and then brought to an owner that has great intentions, but was just uneducated on feed I suppose. We have been working with him and he's great to handle, but needs serious work on feeding and nutrition. I think she assumed that he could be fed like an adult horse, such as mine, and he'd be fine. She said he's hard to catch which is why she gave up trying to feed him. I told her that I'd help and now we are on the right track, but I have regrets of not just confronting her sooner. Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose.