Zorro is about 11 yrs old. We bought him a couple of years ago when he came up for sale from a rodeo company my husband used to work for. He was used for roping bucking bulls and ranch work. Has a tendency to be very nervous under pressure. At this point his work load is very light. I may lope him to keep him and shape and my husband comes home and rides him maybe to help a friend work/rope calves. All the horses are turned out on pasture 24/7 and fed Strategy GX according to body condition/work load.
My other horse look beautiful since switching to Strategy. Zorro does not.
Zorro has a bad case of Sweet Itch which I had taken him to the vet for. He was placed on Tucuprim for the skin infection, given a fast acting steriod shot and a slow one. Also prescribed Dex powder to give as needed. The hives are down but he still is itching.
His weight is low and his coat looks horrible. I expressed my concerns to the vet. He wanted to get the Sweet Itch under control, then do an allergy test. Maybe he thinks the weight issue is related to the Sweet Itch but he didn't seem to want to address it at this time.
Making an appt. Soon for allergy test and address the weight issue again.
So this is what he is getting....
Strategy GX 4.5 lbs divided into 2 feedings.
Light work, 1100 lb horse. Working him up to maybe 5.5 or 6 lbs?
I am concerned about his gut, in the case that is the issue and feeding a lot of grain.
TractGard 1 oz. Per feeding
Digestive aid and electrolyte
HistAll 1oz. Per feeding
Antihistimine for the itching associated with the Sweet Itch
Dexamethasone as needed for hives and extreme itching.
So I was thinking of adding or replacing some of that grain with a stabilized rice bran. I bought some MaxE Glo and was thinking of feeding that, .5 - 1 lb. Given his work load. Do you cut back on the grain when adding rice bran or do you simply add it to his ration?
I am confused! I have never been much on feeding grain other than to get the horses to come up from pasture to check on them so I just don't know enough about it. I don't want to make things worse by feeding him wrong.
Opinions please :)
The first pic was taken today, the second was taken in April when he looked good.