Bless his sweet heart. He is handsome and very alert. I love these older horses --- they've got good thick bone and nice big "real" hooves
I go thru the same thing with my Arab who just turned 28. He also deals with gastric stomach ulcers, has four missing molars, and does not like to eat a lot.
At the advice of lady who just started working at my home town feed store and who has a few late 20's - early 30's "folks" to care of, I switched my 28 yr old Arab to:
"Horse Lix" by Ridley Block Operations in Mankato, MN 56002
And "Total Equine" by Total Feeds, Inc. (888-537-1533 Weatherford, TX 76086 last month. This is a pelleted feed and does NOT contain molasses.
My farriers come every four weeks. They noticed right off that Streeter had gained weight and wanted to know what I had switched him to.
I have a pic of Streeter from a year ago but, I need to get an "after" pic now that I seem to have hit on a formula that makes him gain weight and his picky self will eat. These two might even be related.
1. Total Equine pellets 15% protein; 5% fat but he is gaining weight
2. Ridley's Horse Lix is a complete mineral lick. I don't like that it's molasses base but he does not have insulin issues and I had run out of options.
There are other vit/min lick tubs on the market.
He goes out on 20 acres of good native grasses daily but I bring him in at night and leave the tub tied in his stall all night --- AFTER he eats his feed pan stuff.
3. Cool Calories (granulated pure hydrogenated fat).
4. Omega-3 Horseshine.
5. Rice bran.
6. Probios probiotic.
7. Well soaked/hand mushed timothy/alfalfa cubes.
8. Ten pounds of orchard grass/mix hay - most of which he leaves.
Amazingly he has been my first horse to slick completely out and his coat is as shiny as a peeled onion. He has never had a lot of muscle and I am amazed at how his top line has come up.
I will get a picture of him Thursday morning and post the before and afters.
There is hope for your fella to gain his weight back ---- you just have to hit on the right combination. I've been struggling with this for 2 or 3 years; if it hadn't been for the lady at the feed store, I'd still be struggling.
The Total Equine and Horse Lix tub are two things I would have never fed. The Lix tub does have to stay in the stall with the horse. I do remove it until Streeter eats his feed pan stuff. The smart booger will flip his pan, when he's done eating, nicker, and put his nose where the Lix tub should be. Mr. WTW or I had better be hustling his tub to him or else - lol
The tub is 32 pounds. The first one last three weeks, I think the second one will last longer as his consumption seems to have slowed down. They don't need teeth for these lick tubs, which is great because they can still get all their needed vitamins/minerals:)