I have a project on my hands right now. A 10 year old tennessee walker I'm training for an older friend of mine with MS. The horse, Jesse, has been perfect in every way. She's not spooky, easy to handle, patient and smart. Jesse's biggest problem thus far has been her weight. When she got off the trailor she was easliy 250 lbs underweight and that was in June. Originally we weight taped her at about 775lbs. We have tried her on a few different grains and settled on a pellet with Platinum weight builder supps (as recommended by the vet). Jess is also pretty much almost free fed hay throughout the day. She has slowly been putting the weight back on even though she is picky about the grain. Recently the vet came out still unsatisfied with her weight and would like to see her with another 50-100lbs. The vet recommened Nutrena Life design senior food. This seemed to be the answer we were looking for. She has been eating it like a vacuum! Now just recently, about a week after starting the senior feed I have noticed a HUGE spike in her energy level. I read all the reviews online and 80% of them said "Made my 25 y/o arthritic gelding feel like a spunky 2 y/o again".
Does anyone have any experience with this feed? Can you recommend a grain that will help put weight on a picky eater without hot horse side effects? Should I keep her on this food (that seems to be working) until she picks up more weight then switch/cut it down?
Thanks so much for any thoughts or advice!