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.