My 22yr old quarter horse mare has a 2 month old filly by her side right now and every since she had her my mare is having trouble keeping her weight. She'll loose weight really fast. I have been feeding her 2 full buckets of omelene 300/mega bite 16%/ and Dumar mare and foal. I have tried all 3 grains and all do the same as far as her weight goes. I have also bought her some weight builder and have been feeding her 2 scoops of that a day as well. Her stomach is fat but you can see her ribs, and back bone is starting to show as well. I know some of this has to do with age, but then just a few min. ago i went out to the barn and they both were standing in there and i was petting them. Then i realized that my mare seemed to be panting, her nostrils are big, pink, and wrinkled and u can see her stomach moving pretty quick with each of her breaths. None of the horse's were sweating and it isnt hot out there yet, there's a nice breeze blowing through the barn. So im wondering, is my horse sick or something??? is that why she's not keeping her weight on or is it because she's old and she has a baby???
I'd call the vet. Has she been wormed regularly? I wouldn't wait to see if that works though. Could be her teeth-could be a lot of things, most of which I wouldn't know about.
Good luck and let us know what happens, okay? I hope it all works out and would be interested in what the vet finds. This site is great; we get to learn from other's without paying a vet bill each time!
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