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post #1 of 3 Old 09-03-2013, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Old horse loosing teeth

At his dental check up last week my 23yo tb lost his 4th tooth. He is now missing 2 at the front and 2 at the back, which explains why he has lost some weight recently. Before the appointment I had he eating all the nice green grass outside the paddock but when the vet flushed out his mouth, it all came out, it didn't look like he had swallowed much. Since, I have been putting the hose in his mouth everyday to check there isn't food building up in there and it seems ok but I am concerned that he's struggling to get enough roughage. He hasn't been able to eat hay for around a year.

He seems to do well with dry chaff (but I would prefer him to have it wet) and I was wondering if it may be best to stable him so he can spend the night eating as much chaff as he wants? At the moment he is turned out 24/7 in a group of horses and can only eat when I'm there (I feed him twice a day, about an hour each meal).

Preferably, I would soak chaff overnight for him, but would it spoil too quickly if I left a big bucket of watery chaff for him to pick at all night? How much chaff is he likely to eat overnight if he was stabled?

Anyway, does anyone have any advice for keeping him healthy and well fed in this stage of his life?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-03-2013, 06:39 AM
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I feel your pain. My poor gelding had no back teeth, they did not fall out they were just literally even with his gums. He could not eat hay or grass either. I gave him beet pulp, soaked alfalfa cubes and soaked senior feed so it was just a mush. I also gave him a fat supplement. He got fed twice a day. He also had cushings so keeping weight on him became a real challenge. Best of luck.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-05-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I'm pretty interested in beet pulp, sounds like it may be a good option, am I correct in that it replaces the fiber they are missing out on from not eating hay?

I spoke to the BO about his weight loss and she has said I can put him wherever I want at night so for the last two nights he has been alone in the paddock adjacent to the horses he lives with. I don't think this is really helping though, he isn't eating much of the chaff I give him for the night and he's now eating lee of the hard feed I give him, particularly at breakfast, he only ate about half of it today.
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