Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian
Ok guys so there are 2 older arabian geldings(mid to late 20s) that we have been having trouble keeping weight on. One in particular(older one) we are worried about as he has few teeth and has been dropping weight. Currently he is on 2 flakes alfalfa/2 flakes oat hay(twice daily), 96ounces of equine senior plus joint supplements, but he is still dropping weight. So my BO asked me to research and see what we should feed him. We have tried beet pulp it helped some but not a lot from what she has told me. So what do you guys think?? The other gelding is also getting the same feeding reg. But isn't dropping weight as bad as odyessey is. Also they are used quite often for trail rides and lessons so that's to be kept in mind. He is on a regular deworming schedule as well.
According to the feeding instructions on the Purina Senior bag, a horse that should weigh between 800 - 1,000 lbs should receive between 14 - 17 lbs of Senior per day, you might also want to soak his feed. Purina also says not to feed with oats, maybe too much starch. I also fed up to 5 lbs/day of Ultium Compete in addition to their Senior for my oldies when they were having a tough time holding weight. I let them have as much grass/alfalfa as they wanted but only AFTER they ate their buckets. Based on 14-17 lbs of Senior plus 5 lbs of Ultium, you'd need to feed him approx 4 times per day so that you never fed more than 6 lbs of concentrate per feeding. Adding the Ultium to the feed is what really turned things around for me.