My mother’s 25-year-old mare has an enlarged thyroid. The mare does not gain weight despite consuming two to three times more senior feed than is recommended for her size. I believe her inability to gain weight has something to do with the thyroid, which has grown steadily over the last few years. Is overfeeding making the problem worse? We've had the vet look at her, but I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions.
I have a five-month-old Standardbred weanling filly with an osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesion of the stifle. My vet recommended feeding a forage-only diet (grass hay) for eight weeks. She’s a big, strong, growthy filly that is about 375 lb (170 kg). Is All-Phase appropriate for her? If so, could you recommend an appropriate intake for her?
My daughter gives our 13-hand pony about 3 lb (1.4 kg) of feed each morning, even though we both know the pony doesn’t need it, as he is obese. Her defense: he requires the vitamins and minerals in the feed for overall well-being. Is there an alternative feed or supplement we can feed him to make him believe he’s getting his usual meal but limiting caloric intake? Other than the feed, he lives on unlimited orchardgrass hay and scarce, low-quality pasture.
I own a 13-month-old filly, Millie, that’s in moderate weight. I am moving her to a farm closer to me that has better pasture than she has now, and she will be turned out all day, every day. With this change in pasture, what’s the best feed for her? Right now, Millie receives about 8 quarts of a “breeding feed,” which is intended for young horses as well as broodmares. The pasture she’s currently on is mediocre at best, so she’s also given as much orchardgrass/alfalfa (lucerne) hay as she wants. Maybe free-choice mineral is the way to supplement pasture? What’s your advice?
My 14-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and Lyme disease about five years ago. Treatment for EPM was effective except from some continued stumbling down hills. He has since tested positive for Lyme disease again, characterized by poor condition, subtle depression, and frequent gas colic. He’s fed 2 lb (0.9 kg) high-quality feed, a vitamin/mineral supplement, and one or two flakes of alfalfa hay each day, in addition to pasture 24/7. He’s being treated with doxycycline for the Lyme disease, aloe vera for gastric ulcers, and probiotics for gut health. I am working with my barn manager to revise his diet to supply more calories for weight gain. Can anything be done about the Lyme damage?
My 13-year-old Paint mare has had equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in the past, though she seems to be recovered now except for some intermittent stumbling. She’s moderately fleshy, which is a good weight for her. She is fed 1 lb (0.45 kg) of fortified sweet feed, alfalfa and timothy hay pellets, soaked beet pulp, and pasture 24/7. Would a vitamin E supplement be good for her? Is there such as thing as too much vitamin E?
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