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    07-17-2012, 09:20 PM
  #11
Yearling
When I got my horse, she was way too thin. I was told she was 13 but the vet that came out to do her teeth told me she was closer to 23!!

Her ribs and hip bones looked like your horse, but not quite as bad.

My barn owner put her on Fat and Fiber grain twice a day. She got plenty of hay ( it was winter) and every chance I got, I hand grazed her where there was actually grass growing.

I have had her for 5 months now and I think I need to start cutting back on her grazing..
She has become pleasantly pump!

Good luck! So glad she is back with you!
     
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    07-17-2012, 09:21 PM
  #12
Trained
Ummm. Wow: just...wow.

Have your vet out to do an overall general exam and draw blood to make sure she does not have any underlying cause for the extreme weightloss. Also to check her teeth out.

Nutrena LifeDesign Senior is an absolutely wonderfu grain. Rice bran and beet pulp. Those 3 combined should work wonders on her. As well as 24/7 access to hay.
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    07-18-2012, 09:47 AM
  #13
Weanling
Thanks everyone for the suggestions and support. Just about had a throw down with my husband over this....he says I have too many horses & I need to cut back (which is the only reason I rehomed her in the first place). I said, yup, I DO have too many horses and will CONTINUE to have too many horses. The five I currently have will die here before I will risk putting them through the hell Sugar has been through.
     
    07-18-2012, 10:43 AM
  #14
Yearling
I have a 30 year old TW that is a hard keeper. Two years ago he lost a lot of weight over the winter only to go into our nasty TX drought. I started him on soaked beet pulp and Strategy. You can't overfeed beet pulp and that combined with a reputable feed brand should do the trick. I like the LifeDesign feeds too like ClaPorte432 mentioned. Haven't used their senior but I've used LifeDesign Prime. Their pellets are actually a little softer than Strategy and I know this probably sounds weird but the Prime smells so good! ;) I'm sure the senior is even softer and it is just slightly higher in fat. Good luck with her. I bet you'll have her back to herself within 6 months. Poor girl.
     
    07-18-2012, 10:57 AM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by mammakatja    
I have a 30 year old TW that is a hard keeper. Two years ago he lost a lot of weight over the winter only to go into our nasty TX drought. I started him on soaked beet pulp and Strategy. You can't overfeed beet pulp and that combined with a reputable feed brand should do the trick. I like the LifeDesign feeds too like ClaPorte432 mentioned. Haven't used their senior but I've used LifeDesign Prime. Their pellets are actually a little softer than Strategy and I know this probably sounds weird but the Prime smells so good! ;) I'm sure the senior is even softer and it is just slightly higher in fat. Good luck with her. I bet you'll have her back to herself within 6 months. Poor girl.
I got a QH mare, 16, about 300lbs underweight, in March this year. 30 days later she was almost up to weight. She was on oat straw only, so getting the calories in her was a bit tricky to avoid digestive upset. I started with adding about half a flake alfalfa twice daily, going up to a full flake after about 10 days, and fed her also Life Design Senior. Not much, about 3 lbs a day, along with replacing the straw with Timothy/orchard hay free choice and still the alfalfa. I was very surprised to see her come back so quick. She was shedding out quickly to a very shiny summer coat.
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    07-18-2012, 10:57 AM
  #16
Weanling
Poor girl. Good thing you went to check on her and put your foot down!

My equine dentist said that older horses with no past teeth problems can go for 2 years without a float, so don't worry about getting her teeth seen right now.
Just some comfort advice.

Give her a big hug from me!
     
    07-18-2012, 11:09 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Beet pulp (Soaked!!) is great for putting weight on along with a good quality senior feed. As a bonus, it's pretty inexpensive.

Alfalfa is really good for older horses too, you can do soaked pellets/cubes or just buy it by the bale. Unlimited grass hay or pasture and then add in a few flakes of alfalfa.
     
    07-18-2012, 11:25 AM
  #18
Weanling
Wow, I'm pratically speachless... Poor lass... and it only took a year... wow...

*blinks and tries to recall feed knowledge* I think bran mashes are good for helping put condition on horses, especially if they have lost appitite. Linseed jellys are good, although a lot of preparation if you can't find a pre prepaired supply. Barley based feeds and feeds with peas/beans and soyabean meals are also used for weight/condition gain.

Try to avoid overly starchy/sugary feeds as these often lead to digestive problems, especially if she's not used to them. Fibre is ALWAYS good, so I would also give sugar beet and a chaff -alfalfa if the vets says its ok. Alfalfa is great, but it isn't suitable for some horses.

You can get complete 'conditioning' feeds too. They're mainly based on what I mentioned above. Some veteran feeds could be suitable too. If you buy them in pellet form, you can soak them into a liquid meal if her teeth aren't so good either.

So glad you found her again and are going to offer her the care she deserves!
     
    07-18-2012, 05:33 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I had good success feeding soaked beet pulp, Nutrena senior feed (also soaked to form a mash) and second cut alfalfa hay to an elderly horse who had virtually no teeth. I fed it twice a day. I'm sorry I'm not remembering the exact quantities at the moment but he was a fair sized horse and the portions were very generous -- I went through a bag of Nutrena about every three days as I recall.

I wish you well with your 'restoration' project.
     
    07-18-2012, 05:44 PM
  #20
Weanling
Picked up some Nutrena Senior today, plus some shredded beet pulp and rice bran. She is eating everything I put in front of her, keeping her in the backyard to separate her from the other horses & every time I step out the back door she goes over to the barn and stands next to her feeder. It's hard not to just load her up, but I don't want to create more problems.....already feeding her four times a day, plus free choice coastal hay.
     

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