Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
Rain Shadow, I buy the Horse Lix and Total Equine at my local feed store.
That's why I posted the 800 number for Total Equine.
The Horse Lix does not have a phone number on the tag but it's made by "Ridley Block Operations" in Mankato, MN.
You could always call both of them to see if they have dealers close to you.
As far as a Horse Lick tub is concerned, there are a lot of companies that make them. Google "horse lick tubs" and the first two that come up are EquiLix and EquiPro, both of which are very good but I can't get either one of them unless I drive a long way.
My Arab is only 13.3H and has gained enough weight back to probably weigh in at 845 -850. He never got as thin as your fella but on the Henneke Body Scoring Scale, he was around 3.5. The vet just said "feed him more" as she had done a full CBC, checked his insulin & cortisol levels, teeth, and gave him a thorough hands-on for tumors.
I did feed him 3X/day over the winter but once the grass came on, he would look at me as if to say "AGAIN?!?!" and he got to where he wouldn't finish his feed.
IMHO, your fella doesn't look anywhere near ready to say "I can't do this anymore". He will tell you when it's time for him to go on to meet his ancestors. The light will go out of his eyes and it will be something that you will just know, perhaps not even being able to put your finger on it, so keep going. It's Spring and you've got the advantage of Spring grass as long as he doesn't have insulin issues or cortisol issues to where Cushings would develop.
His coat is still shiny and his ears are still forward. You are set with the difficult task of figuring out what he will eat that is healthy for him.
I know you said he doesn't like alfalfa. My Arab went thru a phase where he would not eat soaked timothy/alfalfa cubes and I had to put him on alfalfa pellets.
He is back to eating Standlee's brand of timothy/alfalfa cubes. I buy them at Tractor Supply.
I soak them to the point I can hand mush them into wet grass, then mix his other stuff into them. I weigh out one pound of DRY cubes and soak them in the refrigerator so they don't get sour before feed time.
At feed time, I break them down by hand until they become wet grass and he loves that.
All four of my horses are now in their 20's. Mr. WTW gives everyone hay on his way out the drive to work to "wake their tummies up". When I go down to feed their supplements and turn them out, I'll get pictures of Streeter so you can see his before and afters.
IMHO, although everything I feed is helping, I think it's the Lick tub being kept in Streeter's stall that is making such a huge difference. Check with your nearby feed stores and see whose vitamin/mineral lick tubs they have on hand. You could always Google them to see if they contain all the vit/mins a horse needs.
Never in my wildest would I have thought a vit/min tub would make this much difference, as I have always fed feeds or ration balancers that are SUPPOSED to have what a horse needs. Evidently that is not the case with some horses and how ironic we are discussing two very senior Arabs. Arabs must have crazy metabolisms.
Hang in there and evaluate everything we have all offered. Maybe even bookmark this thread as it may take a lot of experimenting before you hit on the right combination of things.
As I said in my other post, it has taken me 2 or 3 three years and I had run out of options. It's pretty difficult to drive my old self to tears but this Arab had put a pretty big lump in my throat by the time I was done explaining my dilemma to the new lady at the feed store.
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.