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post #1 of 7 Old 06-10-2018, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Skinny ottb senior mare , feeding suggestions?

So i’m bringing my 2 mares home Thursday and I have one who is pretty skinny, but she’s also 23 years old. Looking for suggestions, she didn’t have any grass in the pasture they rescued her from but my pasture has all the grass she can eat. What are some good senior feeds or supplements I can use to get her weight up? Will she gain weight eating just grass and some grain or will she need Hay too? Should I have her on turnout 24/7? Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-10-2018, 09:08 PM
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To get you started...
Introduce her slowly, build up to a few hours at a time spread over several days that rich fresh grass.
She may not need hard feed if she has plentiful grass to eat...horses are grazers by natures design.
Age, she is not that old...
Make sure the rescue did all of the necessary things for the mare to get her fully on the path to recovery.
Vet for wellness check, vaccinations, teeth check and coggins.
Don't forget the farrier scheduled regularly.

You can check for sand accumulated in the gut and if there treat with a sand clearing formula.
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When it comes to this be careful. Have your vet if you have the funds, check their teeth and do a fecal to see what kind of parasites you might need to get rid of. You will need to ad senior feed and some hay to your program. When it comes to senior feeds Purina, Nutrena, Triple Crown make good ones. Look for something with a high fat ratio. Shredded beet pulp soaked works wonder but will also aid in keeping the gut in working order also pelleted rice bran with putting on weight. Since these guys have been deprived I'd monitor the length of time you let them graze at first as to prevent any issues with over indulging at least a couple of weeks. Then let them free graze. Good luck would love to see pics as they improve. Hope this helps had a mare for 35 yrs so I've been there.
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Then let them free graze. Good luck would love to see pics as they improve. Hope this helps had a mare for 35 yrs so I've been there.
I will definitely post pictures of before and also as she improves!
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Thank you! I work at a vet clinic so I am going to have my doc come out next week and give me some insight , and look at their teeth as well.
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At 23, the horse definitely needs its teeth done.

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In addition to what others have said, if she doesn't do well on unlimited grazing, I'd be looking at why & trying to resolve that, rather than just feeding extra calories. Especially if she's been starved in the past, ulcers are a huge cause of horses 'failing to thrive'. They're also a difficult one to treat, and meds only aid healing by stopping stomach acid production, they don't do anything for 'hind gut' ulcers. In that case, a 'Gastro Aid' product & herbal gut support is probably best.

As is avoiding any high sugar/starch(NSC) feeds and grain.
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