Well, I am at a delimma. I have very limited choices for having my 17 y/o mustangs teeth floated right now as they need to be. The one vet that does it I refuse to use due to bad experinces and the other one has a month waiting period for me to be able to bring her in and have them done. There is one other guy, but he will only come to the house and wants..get this...$300.00! The vet wants $50 if I take her there!
I have thought about soaking her feed and decided to try it tonight and see how it went. She has been dropping quite a bit of it and she started to loose some of her weight on her topline, not severe amounts, but enough you could almost start to see the outline of a rib or two. She started slobbering heavily also. She is on a ration balancer right now and also being fed strongid c daily dewormer in her feed.
I went ahead and soaked it and let it sit for amount 10 minutes and it turned into mush nice and quick. I served it to her and man was that a nasty, nasty look. She threw the first mouthful at me and covered me in it. Then she started to eat it and I think she actually realized she liked it better that way then in the pellets. I knew she was dropping feed, but I never noticed how much she really dropped until tonight when she dropped the soaked stuff. She dropped probably a quarter of it but she ate it right off the stall mat in the front of her stall, so at least I know she is able to eat all of her feed now instead of those little pellets getting lost in the shavings. She eats her hay fine from what I can see but was thinking of adding some timothy pellets to her feed also if I can find someone locally who sells them. Everyone has alfalfa pellets and with the ration balancer I am feeding I can not feed alfalfa at all.
I just basically was wanting to know if this sounds like a good idea to do until her teeth can be floated and if anyone thinks adding timothy pellets is a good idea to help make sure she is getting enough fiber into her diet that she can actually eat. Like I said she seems to eat hay fine, I never find any left in the stall and she eats it happily, just seems the pellets bothered her before. I have never dealt with a older horse that seemed to drop weight so quick and was basically looking for advice to hold her over until the vet can see her.
Suggestions greatly appreciated