I have a 6 year old quarter horse rescue. When I got him he was malnourished. I brought him out to my father's farm until I could get him up to date on his shots to bring him to a stable in the town where I go to college. While he was out on my father's farm, he was eating grass and about two cups of 12% sweet feed. He filled out really well and was in great shape. This was for October and the beginning of November. At the end of November I moved him to a boarding stable and he started to drop weight. I expected this because it was a new place and he was back with horses again. Two weeks ago I moved him to the boarding center at my college because a spot opened up and he has been dropping weight like crazy. I put him on more feed with a higher carb count and liquid vitamins that I mix in with his feed. The hay at the stable is very low quality and finding hay around here is difficult. I don't know what to feed him but I need to put weight back on him because he looks worse than he did when I originally got him. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can give him to help him out weight back on?
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where to start with this?
if you can't get good hay, i would add some beet pulp *and* some grass hay pellets, both soaked before feeding.
you can also get grass hay cubes, soak them, and put them in a bucket in your horse's stall, so he can "graze" on them, while stalled, in place of hay pellets and beet pulp.
change the sweet feed to a complete feed that is high in fat and fiber. i personally feed purina ultium competition. my vet actually had me switch my hard keeper to that feed. it's really good stuff! but it is an expensive feed. if money is tight, you can feed 50/50 of ultium and either senior feed or omolene 200 (has slightly higher fat), to help put his weight back on.
please consider adding some probiotics, if you aren't already. the probiotics will help his digestive tract, while he's moving around and getting settled. this will also help him to use his feed and hay to the fullest.
hope this helps. best of luck.