Have you tried adding vegetable oil? And beet pulp is amazing, I feed it to all my horses that have needed some help with weight.
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Triple Crown Senior. That stuff is amazing for older and malnourished horses. Rascal was on it after a bad bout of colic. I use it when rehabbing underweight/neglected horses as well.
I once took an old guy in that we had to chop hay for. We soaked it a bit with a mild saltwater mixture to keep him drinking since it was high heat summer when he came in. You might try this anyways, since his teeth sound pretty bad.
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Eventhough he has hay in front of him 24/7 with a bad tooth, he's probably not eating as much as he normally would. Up the senior and instead of soaked cubes add soaked pellets. He doesn't even have to chew them. Try to meet his caloric needs with just the pelleted feeds (10# total for starters) and the hay will just be chew time. Adding 1/2 C per meal, is easy extra calories.
I have tried oil, but he's also picky about his food. I board him about 10 minutes away from my home, so I asked for him to stay in his stall tonight and I'm going in tomorrow morning and I'll see how much he ate over night. I figured if he doesn't clean up the hay provided by the barn, I'll start giving him the chopped hay. I never see those chewed balls of hay on the ground whether he's outside or in his stall. So I'm pretty sure he gets down most of the hay provided to him.
Another thing from when I fed him soaked alfalfa cubes, is that towards the end he would not finish it. He would eat all the rice bran, but he'd leave a few handfuls of soaked cubes. I would soak those cubes until they were mush, but like I said he can be picky.
When the vet that came out to float his teeth she was actually surprised he was still living because he was considered old when she used to shadow another vet in our area. That must have been about 7 years ago. Besides his teeth, he has huge knots on both his knees from arthritis. Before I got him, he'd limp every time he took a step, but since I started giving him MSM I haven't seen him limp since.
What kind of rice bran pellets?
We like Empower - wonderful stuff.