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    07-16-2013, 07:02 PM
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What kind of hay is your hay, and is it green? I've had my horse turn down brown, stalky hay during the drought and I had to substitute with pellets, so its possible your hay is just so poor quality that they horse is refusing to eat it. Can you get a different kind of hay or hay pellets to give him?
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    07-16-2013, 07:05 PM
It's very important that you provide him with a salt block. A pressed salt block is inexpensive and long-lasting, and a good start in that regard.

In order to feed your horse the proper amount, it's important to weigh your feed. Try standing on a scale and weighing yourself and a bucket. Then, place his "grain" in the bucket and hold it while weighing yourself. Subtract the original weight from the weight with the grain and you'll know how much it weighs. Feeding by weight and not volume is going to help you get started in learning how to feed him.

Has he seen a vet recently? Do you have his vaccination records? When was the last time his teeth were floated?


Originally Posted by gabby0426    
hmm im not sure how to post pics on here any help??
If you want to upload pictures from your computer, click "go advanced" and you can attach them from the paper clip icon.
    07-16-2013, 07:08 PM
I posted pictures on my other thread
    07-16-2013, 07:13 PM
Posting them here for you.

    07-16-2013, 07:14 PM
It is very green and smells really good, its fresh orchard hay, before that we tried t&a I don't know if it has to do with the fact he would rather eat the grass but its fl grass so there really is no nutrition in it so idk what to do
    07-16-2013, 07:16 PM
Based off of these pictures, you need to take your horse to a vet as soon as possible. At 14 years old, your horse should not look like this, or even close. Talk with your vet and schedule an appointment to have your horse checked out, and to discuss a plan to get him healthy again.

You are soaking the beet pulp before you feed it, right?
    07-16-2013, 07:17 PM
Im not sure about any of that some lady gave him to me and the vet is comming out on the 1st to see him because that's when I get paid, all she gave me was his regestration papers
    07-16-2013, 07:18 PM
Does he look really skinny to you or is there something else your seeing??
    07-16-2013, 07:20 PM
He's extremely skinny. There very well could be an underlying health issue causing it. I agree, see the vet ASAP.

How experienced are you with horses?
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    07-16-2013, 07:21 PM
And yes I am soaking it I don't know if the owners that had him before us was feeding him right or if he ever got hay, also should I just add regular salt to his feed until I get a salt block?

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