Putting weight on very under weight thoroughbred mare
I have a 13 year old thoroughbred mare I.just took in she's probably about 300 pounds under weight.. they had her on very cheap low grade feed called wrangler 12% pellet only getting 3 quarts once a day
I still have her on that but 4 quarts twice a day till I get better idea on what to switch her (so I'm not continuously switching her) she has assess to hay ALL DAY and water I have Dewormed her once last week
So what should my plan be to get her up to weight and should I Deworm her again soon?
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My favorite thing for putting weight on a horse is beet pulp, added to their other regular ration. It seems to be easy to digest and really puts weight on -- whatever their problem is (teeth, age, metabolism, etc.). It is safe for every horse, and cheap. Have her teeth been checked? If you take her to the vet and have the teeth checked, they could check for parasite level at the same time. That would give you a better picture of when to worm again. If her teeth are bad, she may not be getting the benefit from her hay that she should. Also, make sure she is getting a vitamin and mineral supplement. If you can't get her to the vet right away, start the beet pulp anyway. I would feed it soaked with the regular pellets she is used to. I used to give my old mare a coffee can(before soaking) each day. It was the only thing that kept weight on her.
Hay, hay, hay, and more hay. Good quality grass hay as much as she'll eat. I'd give her at least 25 lbs a day to choose from. And if you can, alfalfa hay (a flake or so) or alfalfa pellets (4-5 lbs) is the way to go. I'd slowly wean her off of what she's eating right now.
After she's been on the hay for a while you can either switch her to a new feel (senior feed maybe) and or add beet pulp, rice bran, or oils (be careful with these)
Do you have a Tractor Supply in your area? They have a Dumor feed on sale right now, sorry I cannot remember the name, but in a pretty blue bag. Either that or the Equistages that they have are decent feeds for the money.
Your horse could probably use more fat and a little less fiber in her feed.
Get her teeth done ASAP.
Where are you located? If you are in New England, my first recommendation would be Poulin Grain's E-Tec. If you're not, do you have Blue Seal feeds available in your area? Blue Seal has a Lifetime formula in a gray bag that I also really like.
Other than grain, I would say beet pulp also. I can't say it enough times. Beet pulp is fantastic for putting on weight, keeping on weight, its great for digestion and horses like it.
Have her teeth checked as soon as possible, and until you have that done, adding beet pulp will help, as will soaking her grain. In the event it IS her teeth, it will make eating a lot easier and it will help with the breakdown of the grain if her teeth aren't doing the job well. If it's not her teeth, no big deal. When you get the okay on her teeth- stop soaking her grain.
That's what I would do anyway.
Chances are she will start to put on weight anyway since you will be caring for her properly.
Her teeth are good they have been done she's not dropping feed she eats all of it.
She is on LOTS OF HAY!!!! she has a good quality round bale that's sheltered and out of weather she can get to
I wouldn't buy Dumor feeds personally. Most of their feeds seem to be of the molasses-filled type. Their supplement is decent, but not the best I've seen.
Do you have access to any senior feeds, such as Triple Crown or Nutrena?
Subbing - I'm going through a similar situation right now as well. Makes it so much harder when it's in the dead of winter as well.
Yes my feed store cares triple crown and nutrena as well as Purina
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