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OK I have an older Quarter Horse mare around 22yr. I went out to the ...
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    EMERGENCY, I need to add weight on my horse and fast

    OK I have an older Quarter Horse mare around 22yr.
    I went out to the boarding stable I am at and I had not been out there in about a month do to family problems, school trouble and the weather has just been horrible.
    I get out there and I am deworming my arab gelding who is fine he is a good weight and gaining muscle do to training. I get out to my mare and from a distance I can tell something is not right I get up to her and her hip bones are sticking out and she is skinny. She is also bitten up by other horses. I take her out of the pen and into the barn give her the deworming treatment. Then I went right away to talk to the barn owner. She tells me that whenever she sees her she is always eating. I don't take that as an excuse, why did she not call me. This is not the first time this has happened to one of my horses. The last time it was blamed on a failed worming treatment which resulted in a miscarrage and eventually I had to have my horse put down after trying everything to save her. I need help on what kind of feeding regiment I should put her on to get the weight back on her fast.
    I am moving her to a new pen on the property to stop fighting.
    will be getting her teeth checked.
    I am going to get a bag of senior feed.

    Please help
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    I just lost an older mare due to her not gaining weight. We had her teeth done...she did have and abssess which we medicated. My vet had me feeding her twice a day a 3 gallon pale of soaked beet pulp drizzled with canola oil, the same pail 3/4 full of a mix of sweet feed, senior feed, oats and vitamin supplements. Plus she had 24/7 access to hay. Although she was nursing a colt she did pick up weight drastically...but got down and we just couldn't get her up. It was horriffic...but she was late 20's to early 30's. We rescued her a year ago and she was already breed. I hope your girl gets better.
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    this mare is a rescue also so this happening is just making me even more stressed since we saved her from starving and now I feel like she is starving. And this is the second time at the same stable one of my horses has gotten this bad. I am so confused.
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    bumping up my post
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    I know she is in bad shape, but be careful about how you go about putting weight on her. You want to be very careful about changing her feeds, especially because of her age. You don't want her to put weight on too quickly, either. It has to be a gradual process.

    What is your mare currently getting? I'm assuming that your horses are kept on a regular worming schedule since that is why you were there in the first place. It's very important that you make sure that your horse is worm-free before you try to put weight on them, other wise all the extra food will just go to waste. I think the fact that she is beaten up is also an issue as well. What does your mare have to eat in the pasture and how is it feed?

    For older horses, I think that a good nutritious senior feed is always beneficial. Also, I HIGHLY recommend beat pulp and corn oil. I have also had great success with rice brand, but I have been told by vets that you should only feed up to 1/2 scoop of rice brand per feeding. You can feed your horse as much beat pulp as you want per feeding (as long as you build her up to it, mind you) and I have seen great results in my older horses and rescue horses after using it.

    I would also look into alfalfa cubes or hay. They are more costly and tend to make the horses feel a little more lively, but they are very rich and I've seen them used to help boost a horse's weight successfully. You will have to be very careful about adding any alfalfa to her diet, expecially if she is use to being on pasture grass or regular grass hay.

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    My vet told me the fastest way to put on weight is senior feed. My mare lost alot of weight at our old barn (just out of curiosity, being in WI myself, where do you board. You can PM me) due to stress . I got her on a more stringent worming schedule and better quality hay and safe choice feed . I personally went to the barn twice a day to make SURE my horse got the feed she needed. They kept telling me THEY could do it but it was one of those things that I wanted to be SURE of. So I kept the feed in my van and drove out twice a day to feed her myself. Beet pulp is another good suggestion.
    I have seen in the catalog / magazines some weight gaining supplements but have no experience with these so I would be wary.
    But defiantly make sure teeth are ok.
    And if you are at a questionable barn. I would suggest feeding yourself if you can.
    In this economy I have heard of too many barns feeding your horses feed to other people's horses.
    Seeing as she is beaten up.. perhaps the other horses aren't letting her eat? Can she be penned separately for meals?

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    I will be trying to get her into a seperate pen so she can eat as much as she wants in hay.
    I was late on getting her wormer this month but I know for certain that november I gave her a wormer. I will be putting her on a better wormer something like equimax. I have heard of beatpulp being a really good at gaining weight on horses. this is the second time someone suggested it to me so I guess it is worth a try.
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    For a worming schedule read this thread: Worming Schedule? - See post #8

    Yours may be ineffective. Theres lots of excellent advice on here from very knowledgeable people.
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    I would be finding a new barn...
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    Please give us as detailed response as possible to these questions...

    1. What is her deworming schedule for the past year? If that's not possible, at least let us know the what/when on the past three dewormings (this one, in November, and the one previous). The more info on this you can give us, the more we can help you.
    2. What is the mare currently eating? How much of it is she eating? How many feedings does she get each day?
    3. When were her teeth last floated?
    4. What brands of feed do you have access to? If you've already bought senior feed, what brand is it?
    5. Does she have access to hay 24/7? What type of hay? Is it good and fresh? Or moldy and dusty?

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