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        02-28-2010, 07:39 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by HorseRider403    
    churumbeque- He gets four good size flakes of grass hay a day (two in the morning and two in the evening).
    4 flakes a day is really not very much hay. Grass hay does not weigh much and they need more of it to get the nutrients. I feed double that at a minimum. I would start with upping hay intake before anything else.
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        02-28-2010, 08:02 PM
    At my barn there aren't any hay bales available and even if there were, he probably wouldn't get much considering his rank. Other horses tend to push him around. But i'll talk to the barn owner about upping his hay.
        02-28-2010, 08:48 PM
    I didnt read any other posts but here would be my suggestion:
    Keep him on the senior grain, but not too much. Do you have him on a weight supplement. I would suggest putting him on weight builder, or a supplement like that, it really helped my friends skinny horse. Also he need to be getting alot of hay. Hopefully he will start gaining weight! I think that the weight supplement will really help, hopefully. And the beep pulp is good also :) I he eating in a stall. If other horses are eating with him that could also be a problem because he could not be getting enough of his food. Hope this helps.
        02-28-2010, 08:53 PM
    I have a 31 yr old blind appy who has about half his teeth left. I feed him Total Equine. Anywhere from 2# twice a day to 6# twice a day depending on whether he will eat his beet pulp or not. Fussy horse.. Total Equine can be fed as the sole feed if necessary. He also gets as much Beet pulp as he will eat(usually about 2 large coffee cans a day with 8# of TE right now). I used to mix those 2 ingredients as well as alfalfa pellets and soak it good. Now he won't eat it that way so I feed it separately. He also gets 1-2 flakes of prairie hay(chopped into 3" long pieces by me).. ;) He is in good condition. Not fat, not skinny.. I'd like more fat on his bones but he likes to walk it off. He is blanketed for winter.

    If you are where you can get Total Equine I highly recommend it.. Check the site for a dealer in your area.. $15. A 40# bag is what I pay. It costs me $5. A day to feed the old turd.
        03-01-2010, 06:52 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by HorseRider403    
    Thanks for all of your ideas! I just had his teeth floated and some other dental work done in November so I don't think that's the problem. Last week we just started adding corn oil to his diet and so we're going to see how that goes. He gets fed twice a day of the nutrina senior along with the beet pulp. Thanks again for all of your ideas!
    Churumbeque- He gets four good size flakes of grass hay a day (two in the morning and two in the evening).
    You should always increase hay before increasing feed. Hay puts on weight better than feed or additives. I would give him a lunch meal of 2 more flakes of hay. If you can't do lunch, then increase his hay to 3 flakes per-feeding.

    I would also replace 1 scoop of the beet pulp with 1 scoop of alfalfa pellets. Alfalfa is high in quality protein and amino acids, which puts on weight and muscle better than beet pulp. One 3qt feed scoop holds about 3-3.5 lbs of Alfalfa pellets. Even just 1/2 scoop twice a day would help.

    You might also consider using flax meal or Uckele's Cocsoya oil instead of corn oil if you don't see much results. Corn oil doesn't put on weight as well and it has shown to increase inflamation in the gut and joints of older horses. I personally do not recommend it. I've had better luck with flax and cocosoya.

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