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  • When a vet draws blood on a thirty yer old horse that is underweight, what do they check for
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    04-21-2011, 02:48 PM
I second the good quality ration balancer.
I use gro n win on my easy keeper but I helped a friend put weight on his tb mare. We switched her to gro n win and beet pulp and she packed on the pounds and now mantains her healthy weight with just gro n win.
I was talking to the supplier and she reccomends Eq8 for horses who need a little more calories and are prone to ulcers if that's a factor. You feed a little more but it's still probably cheaper and more nutritious than what you're feeding now.
Every horse is different though, good luck!
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    04-22-2011, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by tabby    
Does the feed already have molasses on it. If it doesn't, you can add some to it to make it a little sweeter and more appealing.
Do you regularly worm?
I know she is pretty young but it might help to have a vet look at her teeth.
You might want to look into the possibility of ulcers too.

Just to answer a few questions...

They lady I board with is certified and says her teeth are fine.
She's is dewormed regulary along with all the ohter horses.
IDK about the unclers but she has been getting slightly better now.
    04-22-2011, 12:20 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Any chance you have Pennfield feeds in your area? I put my TB on their Fibregized Omega beet pulp as a supplement to his feed. Four months later throw an extremely cold winter, I have what I would describe as a slightly pudgy well muscled TB. They call it miracle in a bag and it's true.

Im not realy sure. We feed Safe choice because that's what all the horses do well on. I get free board and grain so I don't have to much say in what kind of grain. Im lucky she's able to get so much. But I will be trying the molasses
    04-22-2011, 12:26 AM
Originally Posted by lucyhorizon    
once her teeth etc are checked out you could think of giving her a pre and pro biotic feed supplement to help her stomach bugs work more effectively. I have a 30 year old who was having terrible weight gain issues (hes anglo arab) as in I couldnt get any weight on him at all and my vet suggested corn oil from the supermarket, here its about 2 per litre. 100 mil a day in his feed gave him an extra 900 calories a day..made a huge difference, and if yours is a riding horse, the oil is slow release energy so you shouldnt have problems with too much fizz. I thought it was the end for my boy..i was putting so much food down his neck and he was still a bag of bones, 2 years on he is glossy and shiney and though he will never be a fat horse he no longer looks like a rescue/ abuse case!
We gave her an antibiotic shot to help with her imune system. And she does stay in the stall but she does get out when stalls are cleaned. She gets to run around the arena. And I go out every day to brush and ride her. Her workouts are a free lunge, Lunge with side reigns, and a 15 min ride.
    04-22-2011, 10:06 AM
Daughter's horse is a worrier. We had her in a small pen, and she just paced and paced and paced. She'd have gone ballistic in a stall. She did better when we just left her out in the lot with the other horses. She's at a good weight, but she still frets and paces all around the hay bale.

She's been checked for ulcers and everything else under the sun. Nothing wrong with her - she's just mental.
    04-22-2011, 11:19 AM
The lady you board with is a certified what?? Dentist? Vet?
    04-22-2011, 11:55 AM
Originally Posted by dee    
Daughter's horse is a worrier. We had her in a small pen, and she just paced and paced and paced. She'd have gone ballistic in a stall. She did better when we just left her out in the lot with the other horses. She's at a good weight, but she still frets and paces all around the hay bale.

She's been checked for ulcers and everything else under the sun. Nothing wrong with her - she's just mental.

I wouldnt call her a worrier I think she just gets bored very easily. She was the same way when I started her under saddle. We would try some thing new she's would be alert and paying attention for the first few minutes then she could care less about what we were doing.

She also is in a double stall so she has lots of room to walk. Its not a paceing issue... its hard to explain.... I would describe it as boredom. I don't think she can stand just sitting for 10 mins with her face in a bucket. She has to eat a little then go see whats going on in the barn then go back to eating.
I don't think I will be putting her back out side. She is starting to gain a little weight and just seems much happyier when I go to see her now. She was a show horse at the barn where she was raised and was kept in a stall next to her mother so she was very pamperd. I think she likes all the attention she gets, and not being knee deep in mud. (very bad weather has pritty much ruind all our pastures)

And the lady where I board has taken all the Vet classes I am pritty sure but when I do coggins on callie I will have the vet look at her teeth.

Thanks everyone for helping out
    04-22-2011, 01:35 PM
Green Broke
So she's a vet tech? I would definitely consult your vet first on health matters.
    04-22-2011, 02:17 PM
I have been working with vets for over 25 years, before they even had "vet techs". I can check horses mouthes and check for points and edges, but would never tell someone that "their horses mouth is just fine". I can give shots, draw blood, to exams, take exrays , read lab reports, even suture, but would never presume to tell another person that their animal is okay. Just because she took all the classes doesn't mean she is a vet or even a vet tech.
Whenever a horse doesn't put on weight the first thing I think of is either not getting enough food by WEIGHT, not scoops or flakes, or teeth issues. A four year old could have cups on their teeth or any number of things that is making her hurt to eat very much. Ulcers as suggested is also something to rule out.
I would suggest you leave the diagnosis to your vet and not your barn owner and have your vet come out and take blood, check her teeth and give her a good checkup. Don't wait until she is down so far on weight or health that you have a hard time bringing her back.
    04-22-2011, 09:20 PM
Green Broke
^^ Good information/advice.

I would also like to add that "checking teeth" is different than a dental exam. Checking the teeth just looks at the fronts and first one or two molars behind the bars. You can't get a clear picture of a horse's mouth without using a specullum (sp?) and a flashlight or headlamp to really get a good look and see all the way back. You can't see mouth ulcers very well without both as well. Checking the teeth can give you an idea if your horse may need dental work, but with a horse that's losing weight or not gaining, I would want a dental exam done by the vet or a vet who is also an equine dentist. (I don't trust dentists that have not been to vet school.)

feed, safe choice, underweight, young horse

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