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post #1 of 13 Old 08-15-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Rehabilitation of 30+ year old thoroughbred

Good morning from Australia!

I have recently taken on an extremely malnourished over 30 year old thoroughbred. I am currently rehabilitating him so he will live out his days comfortably. His riding days are WAY over. I just want him to be as healthy as he can be.

I am slowly increasing his feed week by week. I was just wondering what secrets you hold for putting on weight. I am giving him 2 cups of black oil sunflower seeds daily and feeding him plenty of bran and molasses.

Can anyone suggest anything else?

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-15-2012, 06:08 PM
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I was always told a little bit of honey mixed in with the feed helps with over all vitality. My boy gets a tablespoon of honey every day and I've never had an issue with him (he's a TB too).

And good on you for taking on a very aged horse. I'm glad you're going to let him live out his remaining years comfortably! :)

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Good quality hay, hay and more hay. Grain as such, doesn't put weight on a horse. Make sure he's wormed thoroughly. Make sure he has good dental care. Old horses often cannot or will not eat, because of tooth pain. Make sure his feet are attended to.

If he has lost many teeth, you might have to chop hay and wet it until it becomes a soup. My daughter has rescued several over 30 horses and some can only eat a soupy mixture.

I have no idea of what you might have in Australia, to add weight to horses. You will have to look into that.

If he came to you, extremely underweight, then many small meals per day, is the way to go. This at least to start with. Don't let him gulp down huge meals at once. Little and often to start.

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The words, "30 year old" and "rehabilitation" should never have to be paired together in a sentence. How sad!

Good on you for taking him on.
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I'm in Australia and to help with weight on my tb I had her on maxisoy, you mix it with water and a few seconds later TAA DA you have a mash. It has about the same consistency as weetbix so it should help the old fella eat. I've seen horses who are very skinny go on this stuff and in a few weeks there looking amazing!
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I think some soaked beet pulp would help too, I used that for my horses.
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Thanks very much for the advice.

I have only had him 2 weeks so I will keep him on what he's on for the next four just to see if there is any improvement. If not, I will see if adding maxisoy will help.

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Has been been thoroughly vetted? I.e. Teeth done, fecal egg counts done, scoped, and bloods?
If not, thats the FIRST thing I would do.
30 is very old for a thoroughbred - are you sure he's malnourished and not just old and potentially riddled with issues which prevent significant weight gain?
I'd definitely be ensuring that he's in top health before trying to 'rehabilitate' him, as it may be more appropriate to put him to sleep.

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Can you please provide me with a list of things to ask of my vet?

I have had a vet look at him but it wasn't anything like what you are saying..

That seems like a sensible approach.

If you can provide me with that list I would be very grateful.

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I've had his teeth, shots and worming all done FYI
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