You say he's dropped 200 lbs but in another post you comment you intentionally "bulked him up" for a show. <---I am sitting on my hands on that one.
Assuming he was in great condition to begin with, 200 lbs of fat just to go in a show ring is really jeopordizing the horse's health, all for the win - I am sorry but if you've read enough on this forum, I don't try very hard to be politically correct.
Did he lose the "bulked him up for the show" due to human induced dieting or because he is sick (sick does not mean running fevers or being lame in this case).
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Ok so I have an 8 yo buckskin quarter horse gelding named Bono. He has chronic stomach ulcers despite multiple treatments (they flare up at shows or change in weather) because he's a stress puppy.He needs a really potent digestive aid - they aren't cheap but they work.
1. Succeed - I use it on my horse with hind gut ulcers and strangulating lipomas in the digestive tract. $90/mo
2. EquiOtic is another digestive product that works very well but, in spite of what some folks are saying, I still don't see anywhere it can be bought without a prescription. It is $45/mo but, from the sounds of things he would need a double dose so you're right back up to $90/mo
With the advice of our vet we stopped feeding him grain.Thank goodness for that recommendation.
He currently eats 2 flakes alfalfa and 3 flakes coastal twice a day. My problem is, is despite a weight supplement he's dropped 200 pounds (I've also started riding twice as much). We've tried upping his hay, but he just wastes it or shoves it through the stall to my mare(lol). He's wasting it because his stomach hurts and can't eat.
So I'm wondering what suggestions for a "grain-free" feed would you recommend? EquiPride is a soy-free, completely grain-free Vit/min supplement. Very expensive but it only takes ten ounces daily and gives them all their vit/min.
McCauley's 10% Balancer is also soy-free and grain-free but is a pelleted feed that requires more than 10 ounces daily.
Tuttles Liquid 747 vit/min supplement that only requires one ounce daily and it can be top-dressed on equine rice bran. Rice bran is 22% healthy fat, provides cool energy and is cal:phos balanced as long as you buy EQUINE rice bran. Tractor Supply sells Manna Pro's "Max-E-Glo".
This is what I feed my horse with the hind gut ulcers and I feed him three times a day because twice a day is too much at one time and he gets sick.
Since rice bran is this horse's main staple, MannaPro's nutritionist said it would be safe to up his amount to six pounds daily if I have to. He has gained weight on 3-3/4 pounds daily, so I'm keeping it at that amount as he also has Equine Metabolic Syndrome.
I also add 1/2 cup daily of Omega-3 Horseshine to this horse's diet. Tractor Supply sells it. They sell their own brand but it's so much cheaper than the real stuff, I have to wonder what "leftovers" go into it; I prefer to get what I pay for and buy the name brand.
We are a true all-around horse. He is currently in hunter and western pleasure training being ridden 3-5 times a week for 1-3 hrs depending on the lesson and how fast we learn etc. He is also turned out daily for 5-6 hrs a day weather permitting with fresh grass. He doesn't get hot with extra-calories or a high energy food, in fact he's less grumpy with the extra "kick".
I just need something to help maintain him where he's at. Any advice would be great. :]
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Until he starts gaining weight and goes back to eating his hay in whatever manner is normal for him, I would cut back his workout sessions. He will be worthless in the show ring, if his health doesn't have time to recover.