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  • Keeping weight on senior horse when you can't grain every day
  • Pony cant keep weight

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    01-20-2012, 12:49 AM
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I use Max-E-Glo also, just the meal form. Also, does he display any signs of his teeth hurting, such as dropping grain or eating especially slow? Often times when horses get up there, they have harder times chewing, so, maybe you could switch to some softer feeds, such as rice bran meal (if possible) rather than pellets, and soaking the other Nutrena feed to help it into more of a "mash."

Sadly, sometimes older horses just can't keep weight on, no matter what you feed and what health care they get, eventually they just start deteriorating.. I know a horse that probably gets 15 lbs of grain a day (split into several feedings) of COB, alfalfa chaff, beet pulp, and senior feed, plus oil.. He is 30 years old, and is still very ribby. The funny thing is, when he isn't ridden in lessons, he paces the pasture fence, and just looses more condition because he loves being ridden! The owner has unsessfully tried to retire him several times...
     
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