Ok so there is this 18 year old gelding I know who is extremely skinny I could really use some advise as to what to feed him that would quickly put weight on him.
He was bought in the spring for a public riding bussiness and I imediatly loved him. He's the sweetest horse you could ever meet. Anyway most public riding buisenesses are more worried aboout the money they make rather than properly caring for their animals. So there's always some skinny horse in need. I can't save them all. So I usually mind my own buiseness best I can. This horse was severly over worked all summer, he lost a lot of weight. Then the colder weather hit and his health has continued to go down hill. He's gotten so skinny they wanted to put him down. So I offered to buy him. I should be getting him today. Even if he does end up dieing at least in my heart I know that I tried.
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How skinny is he exactly? Do you have photos?
I ask because some people's idea of "on death's door" is entirely different to others. Also, how he needs to be fed will differ greatly depending on his body condition score. If you don't have photos, take a look at this scale and try to figure out where he lies on it. http://www.gerlltd.org/Education/Equ...esentation.pdf
If he is truly emaciated, you don't want to get the weight on him too quickly. Pumping him full of large amounts of food all at once will make him very sick, very fast.
Even if he is not truly emaciated, I would be inclined to feed several nutritious meals a day rather than giving him a massive high fat/protein feed all at once.