Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northeast Pennsylvania
I know there are tons of questions about this, but i need help with senior horse
I have a gelding who is about 36 years old, i've had him for 13 years and I want to keep him as healthy as possible, every winter for the last 2 or so winters he's lost a lot of weight so this year i'm going to do everything I can to keep him fat, he is missing all but 4 molars on the bottom and all his top are gone(he has 2 bottom on each side but they are not next to each other)
He only gets grain once a day because with my son and work schedule I can only get out there around noon and then 5 and that would be too close together to feed grain(but I make sure he has enough hay to eat pretty much all the time) Right now he gets 2.5 3 quart scoops of Purina senior soaked to mush,with 1 scoop of alfalfa pellets also soaked. I went to tractor supply company and got him rolled oats, rice bran and beet pulp, I did buy a scale to weigh the stuff(i just keep forgetting to bring it back to the barn with me) My question is about how much of all of this should I be feeding? He is a 14.2HH arab/quarter who weighs about 800lbs(although I haven't taped him in a few months so that could be off) I also blanket him, he has a heavy weight blanket an attached neck cover and for really cold days he has a fleece liner on under it(lately it's been in the teens here with windchill below 0)
Thanks for any help you guys can give!