So many of you already know that I have struggled with Junior's weight issues for a long, long time. Well he was doing marvelous and was gaining weight nicely until just recently.
We know that he pulled a muscle in his back a couple weeks ago and have been massaging him since then. His back is doing great now but this is when we noticed his weight loss. We attributed it to the fact that he was sore and didn't like the new grain we had gotten.
We went back to the old grain and that solved the issues. He started to gain weight back again. But now the last week or so he has been losing weight again. He seems perfectly happy, no soreness or anything. He is not being worked at all, hasn't been ridden in over two weeks so I know he isn't burning calories that way.
He is being fed more now than he has ever been fed and he is losing weight...
He is on around 6lbs of senior grain, beet pulp, high fat rice bran, 100 cool calories and he also gets an msm supplement, this amount is fed TWICE a day so he is getting a total of around 15-20lbs of feed per day. On top of this he is on free choice hay and has grass in his pasture. He has been wormed on schedule and eats all of his feed that is given him. There is only one other horse in the pasture but it is a miniature and he can't reach the feed bucket so we know he is stealing grain.
Junior is 23 now and has always had weight issues. He was starved when he was 17-18 but has since then been doing alright. Usually we struggle with his weight the most in fall/winter. He isn't horribly thin or anything, he doesn't actually look that bad. The problem is that with all the feed he is on he shouldn't be dropping weight at all, he should be gaining it. That is what worries me. He is thinner than he was last week but he isn't starving thin. His ribs can just barely be seen but he has lost definition through his back and withers as well. He is current on vet, farrier, everything.
He is also getting probiotics.
I am calling a vet to come out but wanted to get suggestions from you guys as well. Any ideas? I am completely baffled. Usually at this time of the year we are cutting back his feed because with the warm weather and spring grass he holds weight, this year he won't hold weight at all.
^^ That was him a couple weeks ago. He now is ribby and the muscle and filled out area of his withers is no longer there. He has also lost some of the definition around his spine. I know topline is attributed to exercise but he shouldn't have lost it that fast.
I will try to get some more recent pictures.