Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Eastern Virginia
Skinny horse gained weight then stopped?
Basic summary: 29 year old TB mare has gained plenty of weight, has had teeth floated last summer, was dewormed last month. She is on 8 pounds of feed a day, was on timothy pellets (all food soaked), tomorrow we are getting Orchard grass hay to keep out there around the clock for the mares. In the recent months she started at 500 pounds and has slowly reached a high 700 to low 800 pounds, but the weight gain has been halted by cold weather, need advice on helping her gain at least another 100 pounds.
More detailed information below. Thank you.
Little back story to get about this mare:
I got my horse moved to the property back in march. My boarder feeds them a 14% Protein feed, but when I first got their is was mostly Beet Pulp, alot of beet pulp actually. So after about a month I was allowed to take over feeding, I proved to them I wasn't some noob and with the help of a friend we convinced them to take her (plus 4 others) off this huge sugary diet. Another thing was they didn't feed EVERY day, maybe twice a week? Well they started feeding every day, slowly lowered the amount of beet pulp which really did help, the mare started to gain weight a steady pace, it was slow, but slow is usually the best way to go. She went from a low 500 to high 700 pounds low 800. I think this is FANTASTIC, but now its turning cold, and her weight gain has stopped, shes not losing any and not gaining any. I started soaking and feeding the mares timothy pellets, tomorrow we are buying Orchard Grass hay bales for winter. I would like some suggestions and tips onto helping this mare at least gain another 100 pounds, if she can get another hundred pounds on her and keep it that when spring rounds around I can get her into a very nice condition.
Since my coming here I have been given cheaper board, and almost full control over what the horses eat. I feed all the horses, water them, groom them and even tell the other boarder what they need to get and when to get it there. They are nice people, but not that horse savy. They have knowledge, but they also have hear say. Very little knowledge on caring for an elderly horse. Which they have 2 of them, one is 25 the oldest one who is having trouble with weight it 29-30 years of age. I have done the whole google thing and read stuff online, i've call the vet and she's got the attitude that she doesn't really care about her "patients" after they are no longer young breed able horses. Though she has given me good tips for getting the mare's weight up.
All of their feed is soaked. I plan on keeping hay available all winter, good quality hay. I just need a little Hands on advice dealing with older horses and the best clear shot method to getting her up to weight.
Her last teeth floating was last summer. She was dewormed last month by me. Another problem they do have with her that I am starting to see, is when she picks up alot of weight, she starts to get diarrhea. The vet had nothing to say about this other than her body is adjusting to the change in weight and diet... Which makes no sense to me.
The mare gets fed 2 scoops which equals out to about 4 pounds in the morning and 4 in the later evening. Then a fair share of soaked of timothy pellets, which as of tomorrow will change into actual baled hay.