I have a 35 yr old rescued QH mare without any teeth. I got her about 6 weeks ago. She was skin and bones and probably had about a week or two(maybe) before she would have gone down. She was very dehydrated and lethargic. After a few days she perked up and was feeling so much better. She now has a ravenous appetite. She has put on quite a bit of weight in the last 6 weeks. The problem is I'm pretty sure she is hyperthyroid. Maybe even tumors. I feel them along her trachea. She lactates and has a very dull coat especially on her neck. That has really improved in the last few weeks but still dull. She had long hairs all over her legs and chest when I got her. I shaved them off and they haven't grown back. I know at that age she will have some of these problems. But in my years with horses I have never had a neglected horse and one of this age. The problem I'm having is in the last week or so she has developed a cresty neck. I don't know if it's from too much feed or her possible thyroid problem. I have fallen in love with this girl, she is so sweet and acts so grateful that I have taken her. She really likes me too. I was told she was a very talented cutting horse and I want her to have a great last part of her life with dignity and love. She deserves it. I want to do the right things for her. This is what she is eating.......
AM feeding: about 2 1/2lbs of safe choice for metabolic problems (hard keepers) and a scoop of horse guard vit. Min. Supplement with a half cup of olive/canola oil
7-8 lbs. Of alfalfa pellets and timothy/orchard grass pellets (soaked to a mash)
Sometimes if I'm home I feed the alfalfa mix again in the afternoon.
PM: I feed the alfalfa pellet mix and safechoice in the same AM amounts (excluding the horse gaurd wich is just in the am)
She gets grass hay but it's mostly to give her something to do as she can't eat enough of it to do much. She has only her front teeth. She was gaining pretty impressively but has plateaued this last week. What I'm concerned with is that her neck is getting cresty and I don't want it to be from what I'm feeding her. Does this sound ok or is it too much? It doesn't seem to be but not sure. She is not lame at all (just creeky joints from being old) and acts like she is feeling great. She does drink a good amount of water but doesn't seem to urinate excessively. Any extra advice would be appreciated! Thanks!