Originally Posted by homesteadhorses View Post
i think i just want to feed her the Sentinel Senior Formula, first. it has beet pulp already in it, seems like a very nice feed, so am going to start her off Slowly, i can feed her 3x a day maybe 4x. am giving her as much Grass hay as she would like. but that's it, she is already drinking very well, but i do have a "salt on a rope" hanging on the fence line.
maybe i will add in the extra beet pulp and the alfalfa pellets after i get her up to date on the general Sentinel Senior Formula?
If she is eating all her hay, you probably won't have to feed as much feed and bagged forage as I have to.
I she gains weight at a nice steady rate on just the Sentinel feed and hay, I wouldn't worry about adding anything else. Less is more as long as it continue to work:)
I rescued my Arab 20+ years ago, he has always been a picky eater but, the older he gets, the fussier he is; four missing molars compounds things
On a good night, in his stall, he MIGHT eat 1/3 of his 10 - 12 pounds of hay'. It takes MR. WTW and I a lot of time scrounging around the open hay bales looking for "the fluffiest of fluffies" that he may or may not like
In the middle of summer, with plenty of pasture, he kept losing weight, even though I was feeding him more than my three Walking Horses combined. I was sure he was dying of something, so I had the vet involved to draw blood and do a more thorough hands-on. She conferred with the other vets at the facility and the conclusion was to feed him more, which is why you see such an obnoxious amount of feed listed for a horse that is only 13.3H.
Since you are able to feed 3 - 4 times daily, feed her at least the 3 small meals. If she's on a dry lot, free feed her all the hay she wants.
If she eats like she's starving all the time, keep the possibility of insulin issues in the back of your mind. With her being starved, like she was, her metabolism may have gone out of control.