We have a 34 year old mare, (quarter horse) who is losing weight rapidly in the last month. We had been maintaining her weight. We feed her 2 scoop twice a day (we’re guessing 3-4lbs) of Nutrena Senior Feed. She will not eat it if we add water to it. Our equine vet was out in January to repair and float teeth. What could we add/supplement or change to help her? We appreciate any advice you have to offer. Thank you, Joanne
First I recommend you schedule your veterinarian to come back out and see her. Senior horses need twice yearly examinations because changes can happen so quickly and since it’s been six months since the last visit, she’s due anyway. She may need more teeth work done at this time. Also be prepared to discuss your parasite control program and even provide a few fecal balls for a fecal egg per gram count. Your veterinarian will probably also want to draw some blood to check for specific diseases and to assess organ function.Without knowing the exact name of the product I can only guess that you’re feeding what’s known as a complete feed (hay and grain in a bag). If so, I hope you’re feeding her more than 3-4 lbs twice a day of it. Most complete feeds need to be given in the range of 12-18 pounds total per day since they are providing both the hay and the grain for the horse. Read the label on the bag and work with your veterinarian to make sure you’re feeding this product correctly then consider supplementing her diet with alfalfa cubes or pellets, fortified rice bran, molasses-free beet pulp, or specific weight gain supplements that include fat, amino acids, probiotics and other ingredients.