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        05-18-2010, 03:11 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    I hope he gains well and is feeling better.

    I don't agree with leaving him there, but do agree that there may be an underlying cause to his weight loss. Many times old horses are thin because of medical issues, not underfeeding.
         
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        05-18-2010, 03:16 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Draftrider, when he's getting LESS than two pounds of food PER DAY on a less than ideal feed, I'd say it's underfeeding.

    He's bright and alert other than that, still his pissy stubborn self... yay poco bueno breeding!
         
        05-18-2010, 07:33 AM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    At 29 it may not be a feed issue that is causing him to lose wieght. He is in his last years no matter what care he is getting. If it was me I would just go over and trim the feet and leave him there.
    I beg to differ. Every elderly horse myself or my mother has ever had stayed looking full figured. Old, yes. You can't always halt aging but unless there is an extreme medical condition going on there is no excuse for a super thin old horse. Just because they are harder to keep does not mean you can get away with not putting in the effort to keep them up.
         
        05-18-2010, 10:53 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Well then I must be starving my horses because the only one that gets grain is my baby. Not every horse needs grain. If they have good forage and are doing nothing more than light work, forage is sufficient. Not every horse needs 50 different supplements and a bucket of concentrates a day.

    My point is that it is not always low feeding that causes thinness- it is many times an underlying medical condition. Before you assume a person is starving their animals, have a vet check done. =)
         
        05-18-2010, 11:03 AM
      #15
    Showing
    Draftrider, I'm totally with you on the grain thing, but the way I read the OP's post, it sounds like they were feeding less than two pounds of food per day - hay and grain. I could be completely wrong though!
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        05-18-2010, 11:11 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Im all for knowing why your horse is thin. If you have had them vetted and gotten to the bottom of what the cause is that is different then saying "Oh its old, its thin and that is the way it is". Apart of choosing to own an elderly horse is keeping them up.
         
        05-18-2010, 11:23 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    Oh sure if they were feeding 2 pounds a day of combined feed, sure that's starvation unless they are a 200 lb pony. My vet says figure about 1 percent of their body weight in hay a day. Of course tell that to Laz who thinks he can eat a 1200 lb round bale in an afternoon!
         

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