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post #11 of 17 Old 06-25-2014, 08:36 PM
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Cut to the chase, forget the cool cals, the rice bran, etc. This horse is in need of nutrition. Find a QUALITY senior feed and follow the directions on the bag. Add to that3-5 pounds of alfalfa cubes twice a day, soaked. This is in addition to any hay and pasture he already gets. Have your vet do a fecal to check for worms, and get some probiotics started. I've done enough rescueing to know a starved horse when I see one. This guy may be eating, but he's not getting anything from it.
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-26-2014, 12:50 PM
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A probiotic would not be out of order either.

Isn't there an old saying about it takes twice as long to put weight on that to lose it? So don't be in a hurry. do it right. I agree with the 2lbs of senior feed and some alfalfa cubes or perhaps pellets. Good luck!
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-26-2014, 02:22 PM
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How is the hay at night given, what state is the pasture in, is he stalled overnight?
If four horses have to share one bale, you want at least 5 piles of hay, spread out, so EVERYBODY gets a chance to eat. His teeth need to be checked and done. Fecal test and deworming according to what's there. Then, as was said, rice bran alone will not do anything but maybe throw vit/ min balance, if there is one, out of balance. A good senior feed, given according to manufacturer's suggestion, making sure pasture is adequate and he has a chance to EAT his hay at night and not just stare at it from a distance the others determine for him will for sure bring results.
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-26-2014, 02:35 PM
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Is there a way he can be separated from the others at least at night time so that he can have all the hay he wants? He really should have hay in front of him 24/7 at this point. If he is low man in the herd there is a good chance he is not getting his share of that bale (and how many lbs. is a bale?).

Agree also with vet check, teeth checked and fecal.
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If you haven't checked his teeth- that's where you have to start.

I am currently rehabbing a 19 year old (registered, so age correct) rescue pony, and she is gaining weight rapidly after getting a vet check, teeth floated, worming and shots.

She is on a diet of 3 flakes of mixed hay a day, with 9 pounds of Nutrena Senior Feed a day (divided into four feedings - 8 am, noon, 4 pm and 9 pm) with a top dressing of DAC oil. She also gets an hour or two a day of turnout into lush grass. She hears us coming at meal times and is nickering and calling at the gate.

If you feeding to put weight on, you have to exceed daily recommended feedings - just introduce slowly and make sure the feed is the right feed. I love the Nutrena Senior feed - it is a complete feed so very hard for horses to get hurt by overfeeding it - and dividing the feedings into multiple times a day, though a pain, is much better for their digestive systems and recovery.

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Another thing is worms, has he been wormed on a vet recommended rotation? Worms can do more than you think! I would definitely have a vet out to check him and discuss your options. Your vet should be able to recommend a feed schedule and help you figure out a good weight building plan :)
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-27-2014, 11:39 PM
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I would agree that this horse is thin enough that you should not be looking at supplements, but rather feeding a good senior/complete feed at the recommended amount (in addition to 24/7 good quality hay/forage) and increasing the feed to the max recommended for horse's size before adding other supplements like oils, rice bran or powdered fat supplements (ex: cool calories).
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