I would appriate any advice. I didn't know where else to ask this. I have a 2yr old gelding I bought at an auction a yr ago in Feb. When we bought him he was beyond skinny, we demormed him every 3wks like our vet said and started feeding him 3x's a day. He put weight on over the winter and was really starting to look good then the last 2mths he has lost it all again. Nothing has changed except the grass is starting to grow. I went and bought weight booster and a new wormer gel, and so far this has not helped. Does anyone know what else to do. My vet and ferrier dosn't think this is a big deal they just told me to keep feeding him good grocerys 3x's a day. Thanks for any advice Steph
Stephanie, Sorry your horse is having trouble. Do you have any pictures of him currently? A few things to keep in mind/try: First, I would sit down or give your vet a call. Let him/her know that you feel something more may be going on with your horse and want their help and advice. Go over all your concerns. A 3 yr. old is still a growing horse. It would be good to assess his feeding program, type of feed he gets, and how much he is intaking (by weight). Providing him with free choice quality pasture (be careful with grass if he's not used to it!) and/or hay would be in his best interest. Weight boosters, corn oil, beet pulp are all good options to increase weight without increasing energy levels too much...and are easily palatable. Having a good dental exam and addressing any teeth that may be problematic should be done, if it hasn't. Deworming programs are a biggie. Having a fecal parasite count done by your vet is easy, cheap and of great help in determining if you are having additional trouble with parasites. If your horse comes up with high levels of worm eggs, doing a Panacur power pack may be a good idea. Of course, discuss this with your vet (always). If your horse has a prior history of severe worm infestation, a product such as Strongid C (or other daily de-wormer) may be in his best interest. In the event that you really feel that he isn't improving and you've ruled out all dietary, behavioral, parasitic issues...having a blood profile for CBC/Chemistry functions to get a better idea of how he is doing can't hurt. Regardless, do talk to your vet again...and gently assert your concerns .
Thankyou Heather for your advice. I forgot to say what we are feeding. He is in a 5 acre pasture with nice bermuda grass. He also has a round bale of grass hay at all times out there. We feed 10% sweet feed mixed with whole oats 2x's a day (about a lb each time). Now he is getting the weight booster one time a day (4oz). I am starting to notice a slight improvement in him which is good considering he has only been on the weight booster for about 1 month. Yes I have current pictures but I have no idea how to post them. I just wanted to say thankyou very much for your advice (I needed someone to agree with me). Thankyou bunches Steph
I would put him on Triple Crown Senior - This stuff works for putting weight on a horse. It is high fat, 14% Protein beet pulp based and has all of the vits and minerals they need plus probitotics. Everything you need in one easy step. This keeps you from having to go through the headache of using raw beetpulp.
I know that it is a "senior" feed but it is great for growing youngsters too. If you don't want all of the protein, get the "complete" it is the same stuff but 10% protein.
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