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New state, new hay, lost weight and won't gain

In the fall, I moved from Tucson, Arizona to interior Alaska with my 6 year old thoroughbred mare. Normally she's not that hard of a keeper, and she managed to keep most of her weight through the harsh winter and acclimated well(still loosing some). The first place she was had had pretty bad brome hay, and feeding her almost 10lbs of grain each day without my knowledge. We moved her to a different place with great brome and shes on a normal grain portion. However, she just won't gain weight. I've tried all different ratios and combinations of alfalfa pellets, strategy GX(she's always been on it), beet pulp, oil, and ricebran with a vitamin supplement, and almost a month later, there's barely any change at all. Help?
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Some thoughts on your situation....

Has she been wormed, had a fecal count done and rewormed with a different type of wormer {wormer rotation} to make sure you get all worms not just some?
When was the last time her teeth were done and checked? More than 6 months I would be having a oral exam done...
Actually, I would be having a vet check to make sure she not have a mouth issue that prevents her from eating and starting the digestion process correctly.

I would change the feed from Strategy GX to Healthy Edge Strategy and get the added benefits of the Amplify fat nugget in that feed.
I would also add to it a supplemental amount of Amplify fat nuggets {since you already use Purina products} or any manufacturers fat supplement product. This would be in addition to any feed she gets, NOT in place of it!

Did she eat Brome hay before the move?
Some horses can do really well on Brome hay, others not so.
If it was cut at the "best" time, dried and baled properly it should be fine.
If it was cut past prime....well, not such a good hay. Many would classify it as a great stall bedding material.

My other thought is has her exercise routine changed?
Is she now out in a t/o situation more, more flies, more cold, more riding time, more playtime with other horses where she is just burning up calories being a horse?

You must feed more calories into a animal than they use on a daily basis for them to gain a ounce.
Is it possible with the hay change, climate change and her actual needs changed she just is not consuming enough calories?

And the big one....
Horse is a Thoroughbred.
Horse went through huge changes with relocation...
A ulcer would also contribute to the lack of weight gain you see....

A vet check would really be a good thing in your circumstance....

Best of luck finding a solution to the problem..
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When horses do not do well after a move and a complete change in die, it is usually because they o not have the right micro-organisms in their gut to produce the right enzymes. All of the good feed int he world will not fix this. If her teeth and health is good, this is what I would suspect.

If you have the any of the behavior issues that come with ulcers or your horse is anemic (simple CBC will show this), it would not hurt to use an ulcer preventative although that will probably, again, change the gut flora.

It can take a long time to have a horse get a good gut population of the right bacteria. You can help this with probiotics but a better solution is to put a fresh scoop of poop in her pen every day from a slick, fat parasite free horse on the same diet.

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