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post #21 of 27 Old 05-29-2012, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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That is better then she was the scoops r the big grain scoops I'm guessing 6-8 cups I can weigh it and get back to you on that see the problem is she will only eat a certain amount she gets 2 scoops TC senior 1 scoop crushed oats and 1cup oil but if I up her feed per meal she wont eat it. The vet said today that her teeth are fine and I tried the mash no dice with that. She does have a bit more spunk though I was told prebiotics maybe?
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post #22 of 27 Old 05-29-2012, 03:05 AM
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Yeah probiotics would help her body absorb the good stuff.

Maybe look at adding alfalfa pellets to her diet? (After talking with your vet of course) just so she gets more into that skinny body of hers.

Have you talked with your vet about adding supplements that help with weight gain?

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post #23 of 27 Old 06-01-2012, 02:11 AM
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Bless your heart for taking care of her. Here is a guideline for feeding by weight: she appears to be needing approx. 10 pounds of senior feed, so if you're supplementing her twice a day, if you can find or borrow a scale to use to weigh her senior feed, I would weigh out 5 pounds of senior per feeding (dry weight) and then soak it into a mash, adding your other items to that.

Yes, I think probiotics are an excellent idea.

I don't know what type of oil you're using, but corn oil is preferable. She may not care for the oil, not all horses do.

As for beet pulp, I presume you're feeding it soaked - unfortunately it can ferment quickly in warmer weather. With 10 pounds of soaked senior feed daily, you won't need to add much beet pulp. And some horses simply don't care for it, some will turn their noses up at it initially and then develop a liking for it, some dive right in lol!

It takes time and patience to put the weight back on safely, a horse will typically gain one bcs point a month. Finding what works, what she likes and doesn't like, without making too many drastic alterations. If she continues to refuse mash, I wonder if she may need bloodwork done.
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post #24 of 27 Old 06-01-2012, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks for the advice on the senior feed and yes she is getting corn oil she loves it. I have put her back on dry senior she has no problem with that going to try the alfalfa pellets and some probiotics. She is also now with my recently gelded yearling on a whole bunch of fresh grass.
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post #25 of 27 Old 06-04-2012, 07:32 AM
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Here is what I have learned about senior horses that are fed right, teeth in great condition, get all the hay and pasture they want but still won't gain weight:

They've got ulcers

My 26 yr old has gastric stomach ulcers.

My 25 yr old with Equine Metabolic Syndrome has hind-gut ulcers.

Try putting your senior gal on brewers yeast. I started using Diamond V, at the vet's suggestion, on three of my horses.

Diamond V© - The Trusted Experts in Nutrition and Health

It has completely taken care of the runny bums on my 26 yr old Arab. The true test will be when he comes in from pasture tonight. We got a good and much-needed deluge of rain last night. He generally has the runny bums after eating the next day's grass.

My 25 yr old with hind gut ulcers is not on the Diamond V; he is on Succeed and will soon be switched to EquiOtic. I almost lost him to major colic and I'm not taking chances.

I pay $19.99/50lb bag of Diamond V YC at my local feed store.

My vet's instructions were to feed the Walkers two tablespoons two times daily.

The Arab is only 13.3H and gets one tablespoon two times daily.

I've had horses for more than 53 years and this goes to show one is never too old to learn anything. Ulcers in both forms are becoming more and more common in horses these days.

It can almost be expected a senior horse who is not gaining weight but the Owner has done everything right and all they possibly can, has ulcers.

It's well worth $20/bag to add brewers yeast to the horse's daily diet. From all I have read, there is no toxicity as the horse will expel what it doesn't need.

Good for coat and hooves, as well.
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post #26 of 27 Old 06-04-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for that tip I will get some and try it tonight
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post #27 of 27 Old 07-15-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Update on hosre She has passed away

The hot summer we are having took its tole on the poor old girl and she passed away this week
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