Nutrition Challenge for horse of many problems
I have a (almost) 6 yo, arabian gelding that gets worked lightly a few times a week. He is turned out on pasture 24/7. He is current on deworming and all his vitals are fine. His teeth are healthy. He is current on shots and has a beautiful, healthy coat.
This horse has a SERIOUS choke problem. I have tried every texture of feed, dry, wet and soaked to a mash and he still has problems. I have had so many vet bills that I have given up giving him any kind of "feed". The past few years he has been doing well on a "meal" fat supplement with minerals added (which according to the feed company creates a complete feed), grass, and either grass or grass/alfalfa hay. He has maintained his weight and energy. He CAN NOT have too much alfalfa or starchy food or he gets VERY hot, to the point where he can become dangerous to ride. He is normally a very laid back horse.
The past month or so he has lost some weight and has been very lazy when ridden and even a little cranky at times. He still seems healthy in general and I can't find any soreness anywhere. Manure and urine normal. He eats and drinks good. I will take him to see the "doctor" if he doesn't improve soon but in the meantime I have gotten some Calf Manna (he can eat a small amount of pellets mixed in his "meal") and probios. Has anyone had success with these products or is there anything else you recommend for weight gain and "cool" energy?
Don't squat with yer spurs on!