Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Western Michigan
• Horses: 0
We got him as a rescue--about 300 pounds underweight in Feb. We were told he had a history of ulcers.
He put on weight and by mid summer was at an ideal weight, built up his top line, had some muscle, etc. My 80 pound girls were riding him about 1 hour a day, mostly at a walk about 4-6 days a week.
Then almost 2 weeks ago he started leaving some of his food--which he had never done. He was also quite cinchy when my dd rode him on that Wednesday but rode well the 30 minutes she rode him--no tail swishing, walked nicely , ears up, etc.
By Thursday he was leaving most of his food and just walking away. He was also standing away from the other horses, etc.
We called the vet and he came out within an hour. Heart rate, respiratory rate, temp, etc. were all perfectly normal. He was quite sensitive to touch on his sides but had good/normal gut sounds and had been pooping, peeing and drinking. The vet did blood tests. He was slightly anemic but said the rest of the tests---kidney, liver, immune, etc. were all good.
Basically that is it. We did call the vet very quickly on this and didn't really 'watch and wait" given his age. He never lost weight, didn't run a temp, never had an elevated heart rate, etc.
What diet would you feed an older horse? He tapes now at 1130 pounds and is long and 16hh. We want to do the best for him but cost is an issue.
The vet was amazed he was 30 and the same horse that his partner had seen just a few months earlier as he looks so good for a horse his age.
15 15hh QH/Arab gelding Spy--my horse
30 16hh Qh gelding BJ--my girls' horse