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post #1 of 27 Old 05-27-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Geriatric HELP?!?!?!

Hi I have a 27 yr old horse that I am trying to put weight on she is currently on Triple crown seniors with added oats and oil going to be adding beet pulp soon any other tips?
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-27-2012, 11:54 PM
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How much hay is she getting?

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post #3 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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As much as she wants as well as grass outside she gets mixed hay and inside she gets alfalfa or how ever you spell it, we have to do it like that because the other horses r pigs and will eat it all on her
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Is there a way to separate her from the other horses for feed time? She could be struggling to keep weight on due to stress..

Has the vet given you any tips? :/

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post #5 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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At feeding times they are brought into the barn in their stalls and she is given as much time as she needs to finish her grain. I am going to try tomorrow to soak her senior food and mix some pre soaked beet pulp in with the mix we are already giving her
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post #6 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 12:22 AM
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Beet pulp is great for adding on weight. I've had lots of success with young and old horses on Cool Calories. Giving him unlimited high quality hay is a must as well.

Now on to a million questions:
Is the horse wormed on a schedule? Is he retired, or ridden at all? Has his teeth been checked recently? Is he a hard keeper or did he just start loosing weight? Is he outside 24/7, and with any other horses?

The answers to these questions will give us a better idea of him.
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Oops, sorry, didn't catch that the horse is a mare.
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post #8 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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She was wormed a month and a half ago the vet said every 3 months should be fine. Her teeth were done last yr and the vet said they were ok when she was seen last month. She gets ridden if you can call it that by a 2 and 3 yr old for 5 min once a week. She is outside 24/7 with 2other horses, unless its bad out and they are brought in for eating time. What happened was my boyfriends aunt and uncle own the horses and didn't have time for them so I was given free reign of the barn and horses she was skinny when I started with them I have finally found a senior ration that works better then the rest. At the moment I give her too big scoops of senior and 1 scoop of crushed oats and some oil. I am going to add 2 cups beet pulp soaked tomorrow
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Sounds like you're on the right track. Big pat on the back to you for stepping up and taking over the care of the horses and making sure she is healthy.

Does she get unlimited hay?
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she gets as much hay and grass as she wants
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