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post #11 of 13 Old 10-14-2014, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Her teeth are checked at every visit and floated when needed its been about 5that months since the last floating! Im intrested in the cool calories can I purchase that at any feed store?
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-14-2014, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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If she is seen regularly by a vet then I would think UTD on vaccinations, good!
What about her teeth? When was the last time a comprehensive evaluation was done and needs addressed?
Her feed....all feed is fed by poundage not volume. I have scoops also...a 2qt, a 3 qt and a 4 qt.... which one and how much does the food in it weigh?
There are guidelines to feeding any feed which you should be following.... any quality feed has them on the bag back.

Now...her food.
Regardless of what some posters said, Strategy is a quality food. When fed in appropriate amounts to the horse and workload it is amazing.
There are 2 styles of Strategy... GX and Healthy Edge.
Healthy Edge is lower starch and higher added fat content....maybe if you are not feeding this consider switching to this formula and feed it according to the directions.

The hay you feed may also not be very good quality....some hay is better than others.
Is she getting just a so-so quality all she can eat of a better quality where it isn't just busy food but a good nutritional content?

How much riding are you doing?
Are you feeding enough food stuffs in to compensate for what she is expending when you ride her or she just is hanging out she still burns calories....
You need to put more calories in than she uses daily for her to gain any weight and reverse that if she were to heavy....same as people!

Your horse may also be at a point where she can't metabolize and digest down the foods she is eating as well as she use to.
You are in the right age to think seriously about switching to a senior feed...where processing is different so the digestion is easier for the horse to get everything out of the feed they can.

As long as the vet sees nothing wrong and has looked, done a blood study and checked for ulcers....

I would myself have that done first...then if that checks out I would add a fat supplement like Amplify {Purina} or Empower Boost {Nutrena} or one of the other added manufacturers supplement to top-dress the feed with. This is an addition not in replacement of the current amounts fed.

Things I would do....first though is the vet and get her checked out!!

Good luck.
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You didn't mention, have you had a fecal test run on her to check what her eggs per gram count is? It doesn't cost a lot at all. Just grab an "apple" once she poos it out, gotta be fresh and untainted. Bag it up and take it to your vet. I think there's even an online place that does fecals for $5 if you mail it in. Just be sure you haven't wormed her recently. I can't remember if you have to wait a month or two after worming, you could check with your vet on that.

This is the info for the weight builder. Like I mentioned, I personally haven't used this but friends have given rave reviews on the cool calories once the horses got worked up to normal dosing and were on it for a month or two.

https://www.smartpakequine.com/cool-calories-100-3725p
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