02-28-2010, 07:22 PM
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4 flakes of hay is not enough. As previously stated he NEEDS free choice hay, and water for that matter.
After that I would get him on a soybean hull based complete feed or rice bran with a nutritional supplement (Hoffman's minerals, for example). Stay away from starchy complete feeds and sugary grains.
If he still isn't gaining weight then I would also be feeding soaked grass hay cubes and up his beet pulp and complete feed/rice bran.
There is an old mare at my barn (her back is so swayed from age that her stomach hangs down to her knees, and she has no teeth). She is fed as much soaked cubes as she will eat, is on a round bale during the day (mostly to quid on, lol) and gets about 3lbs (dry weight) of soaked beet pulp a day, along with her senior feed which she gets about 8lbs of each day. Although she is ancient (she must be in her 30s), she is in good weight.