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    10-27-2009, 03:07 PM

Well as some of you may remember. Two moths ago or so my boyfriend and I went to the auction looking for a horse. Well when I was in the bathroom he bought a 10 year old ottb from a kill buyer(he outbid him). And when I saw the shape of her I was so angry and sad she needs about 175 punds vet said. Well she is the best horse I could ever ask for she is amazing..Well here is the kicker when the vet came to do shots and check up she checked her over and she not ten she between 22 and 25...So my little girl is now my old lady.

But now I need help I have never had a senoir horse and I have no idea how to get weight on her. For the past 7 weeks she is on 24/7 pasture with grass and free choice hay. She also gets purni stratgey twice a day. And the vet said to try that and she should turn around well seven weekss later she not looking ANY better. The vet is going to come back out next monday to to check her again and talk about diet to get her back on her feet. This is her forever home and my plan is once she healthy she will teach my boys how to ride

Any suggestions?
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    10-28-2009, 06:50 PM
I hope it goes well, and let us know on the progress and all. And photo's if you can. = )
    10-28-2009, 06:59 PM
First of all I would check into if she needs her teeth floated or not.

Secondly, While I'm a big fan of Strategy that wont do much for your older girl, especially with her being a Thoroughbred. Try Purina Equine Senior or Triple Crown Senior feed. Start her slowly and keep upping her. Beet pulp and rice bran, 1 cup of corn oil would do wonders as well. Hang tight!
    10-28-2009, 07:35 PM
I second the beet pulp. I was getting no where putting weight on an underweight yearling draft. I couldn't get ahead of his growth needs until I added beet pulp. Within 2 weeks I could see improvement.
    10-28-2009, 08:32 PM
Senior feeds are great because most contain beet pulp and rice bran already although adding a little bit more never hurts. Also something to keep in mind, she may have ulcers, I mention it only because we couldn't get my mare to gain weight to save my life and finally the vet suggested we treat her for ulcers. Two weeks later she had gained 50 lbs and her coat was getting glossy and by the end of the month she was 75lbs heavier and glossy and happy. Just a thought
    10-28-2009, 10:27 PM
I have an older TB gentleman and for him lots of hay, 4 lbs of beet pulp per day, 2 scoops of equine senior, and 2 oz of cool calories 100 is doing the trick getting his weight up. But very first off is to have her teeth checked which hopefully the vet did while she was looked over. Also make sure you're blanketing her, you won't get anywhere if she's burning all her calories trying to stay warm. And please make all dietary changes veeeeery slowly.

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