Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Okay, firstly : you MUST stop being pushed around by the field sharer. Your boy is 20, and skinny. He WILL need rugging more than hers and you are the only one to make that decision. It is none of her business.
You need to have a good selection of rugs, different weights, and all waterproof. Use them. You are in the UK where the killer isn't the cold it'd the damp cold. Start to educate yourself on his body temp - learn to feel behind his ears to see how warm he is (or not). Feel under his rug to feel for warm air (good on a cold day) or for sweat (not good ) or for cold or damp. Be in charge.
Secondly! I don't know what the A&P is, or the veteran vitality so I can't really comment on the feeds. But in essence... If he's losing weight then you need to add something in. Sugarbeet is the easy obvious one. Apart from that, have a read of all the nutrition labels that you are feeding. I am wondering if the balance between chaff and something more nutritious is right?
Hw many horses is he sharing with? Do they boss him around? Is the hay good quality? So many questions that could shed light on the weight loss but my guess is that the move from the livery yard to the field has caused him some mental stress plus he had lost the twice daily feeds and nice big overnight Haynet. Poor chap needs some TLC. Assuming that there are no underlying health issues, he should get it back but you will need to take action now to feed him up and keep him healthy.
Good luck with him.
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