I have a beautiful Belgian, who's spent the last 6 months with me recovering from his first 18 years of life. He was pretty substantially overworked and underfed upon arrival - this horse is the love of my life, and I bought him knowing he was full of issues.
In the 6 months he put on about 200pounds, had an abscess which burst and he's sound again. He's been wormed regularly all his life and his FEC came back clean. He's still stuck with about 75 pounds left to go and seems to have plateaued - it's mostly his topline, I'm sure a lot of it is muscle loss as his work load plummitted from 7 days a week of heavy work to now just occasional trails. He has an indoor/outdoor and plays outside alot. His lack of tail to swat flies really keeps him moving too.
So I recently had the vet out to look at another horse but asked her to check his teeth again (they had been done very thoroughly when I first got him). She also checked him for ulcers, she just ran a syring cap across his muscle groups and watched his reactions - I'm not exactly sure how this works and am curious (if anyone knows?)
I'm wondering - would ulcers explain why his weight gain just stopped? Wouldn't being put on a proper diet have helped his ulcers?
Also this is his current diet, is there anything better I could do to fix the ulcers? What are your experiences with ulcers and how do you make them better?
1 pound Nutrena Empower Boost (a ricebran based supplement)
1 pound Nutrena Empower Balancer (just a ration balancer)
2/3 cup of Flax Seed
2 table spoons of Brewer's Yeast
4 quarts 50/50 Hay Cubes with 2 cups Canola oils
^ all of that is split into 4 different feedings a day
I just added (2 weeks ago)
10,000 IU of vitamin E
4 cups Afalfa Pellets (split into his meals)
Is this all correct? Are there better options?