Hello everyone! I am new to this forum and I am at my wits end. I have been battling my skinny horse for almost 2 years now. He has been vetted (2x by different vets last year) and has come back as healthy as a horse (Haha no pun intended). He was just recently placed into a pasture with belly deep grass and he seemed to flourish but now the grass is dwindling and he is losing weight again. He was getting 2 qts of 12% sweet feed and 2 qts of oats per feeding (2x per day) but with putting him on the rich grass I didn't want him to founder or colic so he was taken off of it. Along with 2-3 flakes of hay per feeding as well, then turned out for about 12 hours a day. But he is still about 300 -400 pounds under weight.
The most troubling thing is that we were going to slowly add grain and more hay into his diet to bulk him up and now he has gone off of his hay. He eats like a fiend in the pasture but will not eat the hay in the stall.
I have tried supplements but they just don't seem to work. I have owned this horse for 8 years and he has ALWAYS been a hard keeper with loose stools (Ironically enough with being on this new pasture his stools have firmed up YAY Fiber :)) I am pumping food into him 24/7 to no avail Please help me!!! He is on a regular worming schedule and was just wormed in the beginning of May. (so he is due) Someone told me to give him a double dose of Strongid and then in two weeks give him another double dose of it. (I have not done this so please keep the flames at bay :)- just what some one told me- It was actually a Vet).
I would like to avoid using senior feed- long story but every horse I have put on senior feed has died within 6 months- I'm cursed :(. Maybe it is coincidence but I'm not going to risk my baby.
Thanks for your time- I am also on kind of a budget and I cannot afford to be spending $100s a week on feed- Thank you Nursing School :( So if anyone has any kind of remedies for cheaper they will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again- I hope to hear from you all soon :)