Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
What a gorgeous little gelding! He's going to be a real stunner once you get that belly in check. I actually think the alfalfa is a good idea, and some high quality grass hay. The higher quality the hay, the better he can use it, and the less chance he has of acquiring a big belly like that.
Once he has been wormed appropriately (the power packs work great) make sure you watch him closely for signs of colic. My filly had some minor colic symptoms from the sheer mass of the worms dying inside of her body after being wormed also, and the last thing you want is for him to have impaction colic. From there just keep offering him good food and as much hay as he'll eat. Its possible that as someone else mentioned, he may just have that belly from the crazy diet he had before. My filly had a rather large belly for a long time while she was rehabilitation (though she was only half the weight she should have been when I got her), even after she came back with a clean fecal test and was eating very nutritious feed. Once her body started functioning well again, the belly tucked up nicely and she looked great.
One thing you could try is buying ProBios for him. They aren't very expensive, and I found that they help a LOT when you're trying to get them back on track after a worm load, lack of food, poor food, or stress. You can get it in gel form (more expensive) as two or three doses, or in powders that last one month. It costs $13 where I live and you just feed 10g for about a week, then go down to a maintenance dose of 5g until its gone. Another possibility is going ahead and getting him flushed out for sand using generic Psyllium or SandClear if his old pasture (or current one) had a lot of loose sand or dirt.
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