Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
Thanks, Muppet.....not sure if I can help, tho.
Hoping that he hasn't caught a bad bug somewhere along the way, might be lack of protein. If you can get alfalfa, that would be of help for sure, the flax also. If not, try for soybean meal. Good protein, lots of aminoacids, fat.
Giving the vit/ min constantly might be necessary.
I'd try really hard for the alfalfa, just in case you are dealing with Cushing's.
DHW, thanks for the advice. What he's getting now :
- 24-hour grass hay access (he's taking advantage... )
- 24-hour grass - it's not great grass but it's there
- +/- 6lb whole oats divided into two feeds, smaller a.m. and larger p.m, with additional sorghum (you guys call it milo in the US, I think) bran making up about a quarter of the total feed volume.
- Prob. about 10lb daily of green chop : a mix of sorghum / sugarcane / some other kind of bamboo-type grass that I don't know the name of.
Plus the occasional carrot and free-access rock salt. No luck so far finding alfalfa, it doesn't seem to grow round here, so I am looking for alfa cubes/pellets. I have a possible lead on rice bran and I hadn't thought of soybean products : I have put some feelers out.
He did have a period of intermittent diarrhoea a month or so ago, it lasted for about nine days - some days he was sh*tting water, other days he just had really soft poop. I put it down to some scummy water he'd been delighting in wandering around in in his field, dropped his grain ration, upped his alfalfa and hay, and limited his access to green grass until it all firmed up.
I don't think it's a lack of protein in general because up until about ten days ago, they were getting amost exclusively alfalfa hay for forage, as well as whatever they were grazing along the way. I normally try and obtain a minimum of 100lb of forage for a night, so around 25lb per horse per night.
They just finished up a sack of corn - he was getting around 3-4lb per day - and have gone onto oats, so he has a moderate fat intake. I tried once or twice to blanket him when it was below zero but he loathed and abhorred it - plus he has a bear coat - so I gave up.
Anyone else? Thoughts?