Thank you! She thought it was a bad idea for him to be on senior grain because hes young and has no dental problems.
Yes, horses DO benefit from having to chew their food, and saliva is an acid 'buffer', so if they have adequate teeth to do it... But if the vet suggested Ultium instead, that makes no sense either, for the same reason - that's pelleted. Perhaps you can look for a similar product but more 'textured', or mix it with alfalfa, beet pulp or such. But so far as I know, aside from the 'chew factor', I don't believe Senior feed is at all bad for horses that aren't seniors - to the contrary, they're generally more easily digested & higher in 'cool' calories, so can be great for 'hard keepers'.
She said low fiber because hes out on a roundbale and doesnt need the extra.
OK, that makes sense... on the surface. But as pointed out, all 'fibre' isn't equal. Alfalfa & beet pulp for eg are both high fibre, low sugar, but high calorie. And you can't just feed a bunch of concentrates without fibre - well, you can, but that's more problematic for the gut, and especially if it's already compromised...
She thought scoping was a waste of money because he is showing all the signs of it... cinchy, underweight, hard keeper, bad attitude when ridden consistently, dull coat, cribs, and is off the track. We have him on a compound and if he doesnt show progress in 2 weeks we will run some bloodwork.
Yeah, tend to agree on the first - I would have assumed, given all that & not bothered scoping. And being off the track, high grain diets cause hind gut acidosis, I'd also assume hind gut ulcers were a given. What is the 'compound'? I wouldn't expect to see much if any changes in only a couple of weeks.
How can i do a analysis to find out what hes lacking? My barn grows their own hay and has had it tested so i can ask them for the details for that.
Well great start if you have a hay/pasture analysis. Then you just have to add in the other stuff you feed. FeedXL.com is one program for doing this without the headache, and they also list all the supplements & things you have available, to better work out which products will 'fill the gaps'. Or you can go to a nutritionist & get them to do the analysis.
As for not giving him anything other than forage I would be worried about him loosing even more weight.
Yeah, if the ulcers/gut upsets are treated(I think getting him off high octane racing fuel & onto free choice forage will go a LONG way of itself), he should do a LOT better on the forage, not likely need much other. I didn't mean don't give him any, but I wouldn't stress about the amounts & that you need to pump more into him, is what I meant.