So today is the day I saw how skinny my new gelding is under his winter coat. He isnt terrible and you cannot tell at all that his ribs show under that coat. He's probably a 2 or 3 according to this chart:
His spine sticks out which has gotten alot better in just 3 weeks and his tail bone was starting to show. I've had his teeth floated and those hadnt been done in god knows how long so now I am stuck with a bit of a project which I don't mind. Every horse I currently own I've had to put weight on so whats one more?
Anyway, he's currently on Trotter from BS. (14% Protein, 3% Fat, 18% Fiber)
I thought about switching him to something higher in fat but once he gains the weight its going to be a PITA changing his grain back over and buying two different grains as my other two are currently on the Trotter. He seems to be doing awesome on it, just not gaining enough as Id like to see. I currently am also giving him 8oz of Triple Crown Omega Max which I know is awesome at helping horses gain weight. I just recently upped him 2 oz today to see if it would help. (He was getting 6 oz previously) I know you can feed up to a pound a day of the Omega but not sure if I should slowly work up to that or buy something like beet pulp to add in with his grain and the Omega?
He isnt cold, he has a nice big coat and I give plenty of hay. (havent weighed but I know its probably over 20 pounds a day for each horse. Am going to try to weigh it this weekend once I get time to myself for once! )
So his Am feeding is: 2 scoops of Cosequin ASU (hes currently on the loading dose for 2 weeks and then will be brought down to 1 scoop), 4 oz of Omega max, a quart and a half of Trotter, and hay.
Pm: quart and a half of Trotter, and 4 oz of Omega, and of course hay.
Everything also gets wetted down so he can't pick through the powders. I just stopped giving him Probios, I put him on it because of the stresses of moving to my place and he coliced last month.
I have only had him almost a month and I don't want to rush putting weight on him, but what would you suggest doing in this situation? Both my other horses neeed weight when I got them and they didnt fully look 100% better until summer came and they gained all there weight back in grass
I thought about working my way up to a pound a day on the Omega and then adding beet pulp but not sure if thatll be too much? I believe he lost so much weight because the other horses mustve taken his grain or because his teeth were just horrid.
What would you suggest?
Also- he was just wormed two weeks ago with Equimax and next month I have a Panacur Powerpac that I am going to give him as he was also wormy.
Heres some pix for reference(please note that the current pictures don't show justice. He has a huge winter coat but in person you can feel his ribs and see his spine, I will get more tomorrow as most of the ones I have are garbage )-