Rapid Weight Loss
So I moved in December and now I live 2 hours away from my horses. I was home on the 14th, and spent some time grooming both horses and changing blankets. Weight wise, Roma was fairly normal looking. I could just see the shadow of his ribs, but nothing alarming at any rate, especially because he has absolutely no muscle.
Today, I came home again and because the weather is nice all the horses blankets were taken off. Gypsy is at a normal weight, maybe a bit heavier than last time, and my friends horse had gained some weight as well. But Roma has dropped what I would call a fairly significant amount of weight. His topline is especially bad. Some of his ribs can be easily seen, even under all that winter coat.
I know that they are getting fed twice a day, 4 flakes total each (around 20-25 lbs maybe). Nothing that he is getting fed has changed since I was last home. He is eating normally and is the one that bosses the other horses around, so I know he isn't getting chased away from his food. There was a big snow/ice storm right after I left last time but he had a fairly heavy blanket and shelter the entire time.
What could cause this? I plan on getting some sort of grain/feed for him, but I'm not sure what I should get and how much to feed? I'm not used to him dropping this much weight.
If he doesn't start to gain weight, or continues to drop weight or starts to show any other issues I will find the money -somewhere- to take him to the vet (please don't get after me about this, I am a college student living off of student loans, and my parents can't help out right now).
I will post pictures soon.