Hi everyone, Im new on here. Never thought of joining a forum so this is neat to have alot of experienced people to ask as well. I have been riding and raising horses my whole life. However I have never come across what is happening to my mare right now.
She is 7 years old. Very well built and in great shape all summer. She has all open pastures to graze on and keeps well. Untill winter, she was great for the first month and then she became extremely ribby and even started showing on her back bone and in her face it seemed even skinny.
At the beginning of the winter I was feeding her 5-6 flakes in the morning and a few in the evening when I got home from work along with a scoop of complete feed. *Her hay is THE BEST I could find anywhere so that is not the issue* I seen her starting to drop wieght extremely fast. I dewormed her again just to be sure. But with no change.
I uped her feed to a full bale a day plus 2 scoops of complete feed with no difference in her body apperance.
My farrier and other friend which is a vet tech said it could possibly be her teeth bothering her? I am taking her to the vet for a check up and to have her teeth floated, just wondering if this has every happened to anyone else?
She has improved I can no longer see a back bone*which was minimal to start with* but I can still see about 3 - 4 of her back ribs. Even through her winter coat.