Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Southern California
My Horse Is ALWAYS Hungry...help?
I rescued a 6 year old OTTB Gelding at the beginning of April. He was underweight, but not super severely. I brought him to his new home and he has put on a good amount of weight (his ribs and hips don't stick out anymore) and he has put on a nice amount of muscle. He is ALWAYS hungry though. To the point he tries to eat chains, poop, lead ropes, anything he can put in his mouth. He gets fed alfalfa pellets 2 times daily and I feed him the recommended amount of Purina Enrich 32 every day. All the horses at the ranch get fed the same amount of the 2x daily pellets, but he acts like he isn't eating enough. It gets so bad I catch him trying to swallow and digest his lead rope and he won't listen or cooperate at all until he's eaten. He also has gotten more aggressive when he eats. If you go anywhere behind him when he eats, he will kick without a doubt.
I know that it sounds like its because he wasn't fed for so long before he was rescued but he wasn't like this when I first got him.
At the shelter he had free feed hay all day and got senior feed, (he was there for about 2 months) and then I moved him (safely) of the senior and onto Enrich. That was about the time he got moody about food and acts like he is "starved". Is it the food, the way he's feeding, or could something else be wrong?
Idk if it helps at all, but he is 100% regular as far as going to the bathroom everyday..nothing has changed there. And he has always been on the recommended amounts of food in the 2 months I've had him now...