06-24-2012, 10:38 PM
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A body score of 1.2-2 is very poor & if he's been like that for 3 years or more, he's got big health problems. I hope you've already consulted equine vets about him long ago & I would also have spoken to a nutritionist about it. What have the experts said? If you haven't, please do & don't allow this horse to continue suffering with inadequate care.
I agree that ulcers are a good possibility. As well as getting him scoped/treated for them & adding a probiotic to his feed, I would cut out the molo mix in favour of non-sweetened, or beet pulp or such, and consider a lower grain/starch alternative to economix. If his teeth are OK & there's no burning reason to feed pelleted stuff, I'd also give him an alternative he has to chew. If it includes grains, these need to be cooked though - micronised or such.
Free choice hay, including a few biscuits of lucerne would be a good start too, although speaking to a nutritionist re protein content may be best before adding much lucerne. Feeding little & often is best, so more than twice daily if possible. If not, I think it's more important that you avoid high starch & 'junk food' like molo. The jury's out IMO re feeding copra & I'd want to speak to a nutritionist about that too.
I'd also consider his nutrition as opposed to his diet. Eg. If he's deficient/imbalanced in certain nutrients, he won't be able to utilise the diet he gets effectively. I'd also be giving him a good complete nutritional supp.