I just went to visit my friends horse today, and noticed he has lost tons of weight. Mostly his top line and his neck is super thin! Like I don't know how it holds his big head up! My first thought was worms, she just had a fecal done and wormed him last month, but we rechecked anyway and still neg(yes I know that doesn't always mean he is neg.) I asked her what kind of hay he was eating and she said it was grass hay. Could that be what has caused the weight loss? I told her he is actually getting worked a lot more than he used too, and with the switch in hay he may need to eat more than what he used too. Oh this horse was border line metabolic last year and was so fat he looked like he was going to pop.
So next question he is now off clover filled pasture, and is in a stall with 2 flakes hay twice a day with turn out and they get a round bale to eat while in turn out. She feeds him safe choice and I think he only gets a small amount. No we haven't weighed the hay since I just noticed this problem and the barn won't feed more than 2 flakes twice daily. The other horses only get 1 flake twice daily and are super fat. What would be something else she can add since he was at one point almost foundering. His crest in his neck in gone. I thought rice bran would be ok, it's putting weight on my guy great, but he doesn't have metabolic issues. I read that beet pulp is ok, but wanted to check and make sure.