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post #1 of 8 Old 09-02-2009, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is a 6 year old quarter horse. She has had her teeth floated 3 times this summer. We cannot get her to gain weight. Her and 2 other horses get nearly two bales of hay each day and great pasture with lush grass. She also gets a pound of sweet feed and a pound of regular oats. With her oats we give her weight builder. She droped weight in the spring and we can't get her to gain anything. Her ribs are visible but she is not super skinny.

Here are her problems
  • She drops wads of grass or hay ocassionaly
  • Lately her poo looks more like hay then poo
  • She has not lost appetite
  • She has the same amount of energy and is not hard to work
  • and chews slower than other horses
Vet said the 2nd time we had her teeth floated that she capped a crown. Third time we were not there so we don't know how it went. Everytime we get her teeth floated she eats better and is more responsive to the bridle. Then about 2 weeks later she is back to the way she was. Today for the first time EVER I saw her crib on a fence. She is ridden for around an hour each day mostly troting or cantering. She does english and western pleasure. Also she loves to eat pig weeds. Sounds odd but is true. Please if you have any ideas of what to try just list them. She also gets wormed on schedule.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-02-2009, 01:14 PM
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you may need to ask the vet if she could have ulcers. my horse is taking alot to gain weight and its due to stomach problems i have him on a supplement to help with his digesting and i cut back on the feed and now feed more alfalfa, beetpulp and rice bran. i made the switch after reading a bunch of post on here. he (to me) looks 10x better i also feed a bit of just plain oats and he is getting fed 2x a day and i sometimes if its really how break it down to 3x those small changes have helped ALOT

i have my bloodhound & my horses what more can a girl ask for?
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-02-2009, 01:31 PM
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I have the same problem with my horse. I have tried everything. So I tried useing these

Opti-Zyme Microbial Horse Supplement - 5013579 | Tractor Supply Company

and rice brane oil.

I just added that to his feed and with in that week I could tell he was gaining wait. But you have to give her supplement everyday without fail for it to work.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-02-2009, 01:54 PM
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barneybabby thats what i use as well and it has worked really well for my horse

i have my bloodhound & my horses what more can a girl ask for?
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-02-2009, 02:51 PM
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STOP SWEET FEED, and oats! It's counter-productive for "hard keepers" and horses that may have ulcers. And definitely not good for horses with eating/chewing problems.

Get her on a diet of alfalfa pellets (2-3 scoops, 3qt feed scoops), stabilized rice bran (1-2 lbs), Source Focus WT, and NutriPlus++. No other feeds or supplements. This is a balanced, complete diet when fed with grass or timothy hay.

Or, instead of the Focus and NutriPluss, you can put her on Platinum Performance.

Find a good equine dentist (who is ALSO a vet!) and get her mouth really looked at. She could gave equine equivalent of TMJ or some other jaw/mouth problem that is causing her teeth to wear unevenly. Make sure her wolf teeth are removed if she has any (not just filed down).

If she does and it cannot be fixed, then you'll need to replace her hay with soaked hay cubes. The cubes will provide the long-stem fiber she needs and are easier to chew.
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I agree that she may have stomach ulcers, or she could also have some other type of digestive issue that should be addressed that is causing her to not completely digest her food like she should, though there should normally be some hay in her poop. I would have the vet do some blood work on her if you can afford it, and see whats going on. I hope you figure it out, and she starts to gain weight again. But also keep in mind that some horses have a naturally skinnier body type, though generally thats more in Thoroughbreds, and racing quarter horses. I had a Thoroughbred who was just naturally on the skinny side, and you could see, a couple of her ribs, and could feel all of them pretty easily, and the vet said that that is just her normal build, and not to worry about it, but just work on keeping her at that weight, which is what I did, even though I got complaints from other boarders that she was too skinny. Just have your vet look at her, and see what he/she says.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-02-2009, 03:42 PM
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If the vet has floated her teeth three times this year, and not given any real diagnosis to the problem, then I would find another vet.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-02-2009, 07:46 PM
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Doesn't wood chewing suggest a protein or lysine deficiency? (I can't remember which) If I can find the article, I will repost. If she's eating that much hay, I'm thinking she is just lacking a nutrient that allows her body to use the forage properly.
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