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    07-16-2013, 07:59 PM
Originally Posted by gabby0426    
yes I feed him 2 times a day and I have hay out there but he dosnt touch it and its been raining everyday towards 3pm and then it gets soaked and I don't have a barn to put him in to make him eat the hay
Okay! That's totally fine. :) If there's a sheltered area that you can put the hay in, that would be ideal.

Until you're the vet sees him and is able to advise you on a weight gain diet, I'd start with the diet I suggested. You don't need to weigh it every time, as you'll learn how much equals what weight with experience, but it's a must to begin with. Remember, this is a temporary start until your vet is able to guide you in a specific direction, diet-wise!

I also agree with MakeYourMark. As someone who lives in a very sandy area, I can vouch for the importance of psyllium! Tractor Supply carries SandClear and DuMor SandAid. It will be important to feed him the suggested amount for one week out of the month!

Do you know when he was last dewormed? From the information you've provided, it sounds as if he hasn't been vaccinated yet this year, which is something you'll need to talk with your vet about!

As far as feeding to gain weight goes, senior feed is just fine! I have a lot of personal experience bringing extremely underweight horses to healthy weights, Mudpie included! Senior feed is your friend. ;)

Here he is about a month after we started to get him proper nutrition:

Here he is about two years later:

Right now he's on stall rest and on a diet, so I'll spare you the pictures of his chunky belly and we'll just focus on in-shape Mudpie ;D
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    07-16-2013, 08:04 PM
I don't have a barn to keep him away from the grass
    07-16-2013, 08:06 PM
Wow he looks great :)
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    07-16-2013, 08:08 PM
Originally Posted by gabby0426    
wow he looks great :)
See, there is definitely hope! ;)
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    07-18-2013, 03:17 AM
Don't worry about not having a barn, it's a minor detail and he will be just fine without one. If he doesn't want to eat the hay, but you still want him to get the nutritional benefits of it, why not try hay pellets or cubes?

A quick search to the TSC website has presented these affordable options that would be appropriate for your gelding: Alfalfa/Oat Cubes, Alfalfa/Timothy Pellets, and Alfalfa/Timothy Cubes.

Because senior feed does have beet pulp in it, I'd consider cutting the ration of beet pulp in half (so that you don't end up wasting a whole bag of beet pulp) each feeding. Senior feed is going to be a valuable tool in your, um, weight-gain journey.

In regards with how to feed all these goodies, (I assume you know to soak your beet pulp for at least 30 minutes before feeding it, but no more than 2 hours, especially in summer) I would mix them all up and soak them all. Soak the beet pulp separately, then pour the whole sloppy mixture into a feeding pail and mix well. The extra water will also help make sure that he's getting enough to drink.

Also, you do need to get your guy a salt block as soon as possible.

Borrowed and slightly modified, here's a temporary feeding plan for your dude (until the vet is able to advise you one way or another).

5 pounds Nutrena Life Design Senior
2 lbs hay pellets/cubes
1/2 pound shredded beet pulp

5 pounds Nutrena Life Design Senior
2 lbs hay pellets/cubes
1/2 pound shredded beet pulp
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    07-18-2013, 02:41 PM
That's a really good idea, MYM. Better than mine! Derped out on that one, especially since I currently feed Mudpie orchard grass pellets from Tractor Supply. XD

Keep us updated! :) It'll take a lot of time, money, and love, but your boy will be healthy again!
    07-18-2013, 03:10 PM
Make sure you do feed changes over a 7 to 10 day period don't just switch feeds.
And slowly up the amount of feed till you get him on amount you want.
    07-28-2013, 12:50 PM
Im going to put updated,pictures of switch so you guys can tell me if he lokks like he's gaining any weght
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    07-28-2013, 04:36 PM








Heres an update on switch I had him for 2 or 3 weeks now, does he look any fatter fro his previous picures please let me know what you think??!!:) thank you
    07-29-2013, 12:39 PM
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