Hoping for some advice about switching my horse to senior feed. He is a 22 year old Friesian gelding. About a year and a half ago he was diagnosed with Cushings. We started him on Prascend. Around this same time we also noticed he was losing some weight. We switched him from Purina Strategy to Purina Ultium, hoping he would gain some weight. He currently gets 1/2 a scoop of Ultium twice a day (sorry, I know I should know the pounds but I don’t. It is a standard scoop). He gets unlimited hay but in the last year has had trouble eating hay. He quids his hay and eats it very very slowly. He is getting his teeth floated every 6 months but he is now missing a few teeth. The vet also thinks he has arthritis in his jaw, contributing to the problem. He goes out on a dry lot daily for 6-8 hours with access to hay. The barn owner likes to keep the grass nice, so once it isn’t muddy and the grass is grown in nice, he will also go out to graze 6-8 hours a day. But for now, just the dry lot.
The vet was out for a different horse today and called me to let me know my horse looks too thin and we need to change something. He gave me a few different options, keeping in mind increasing hay isn’t possible since he just won’t eat more.
- Switch to a senior feed
- Add an oil supplement
- Add alfalfa cubes, soaked, once a day
- Increase the Ultium
My preference would be to switch him to Nutrena Senior. I’ve had good luck with nutrena products in the past and could buy the bags myself. Unfortunately, I’d still be paying the cost of full board plus the cost of the grain, but oh well. But barn owner doesn’t have space to store more trash cans of grain and basically said no. The only two feeds offered at the barn are Purina Ultium and Strategy. I’m going to add the oil supplement, but I don’t know if that will be enough. The alfalfa cubes isn’t really feasible because I work full time and won’t be able to get out there every single day to soak them then feed them.
This leaves me with two options. I am going to go ahead and increase the amount of Ultium now and see what happens. Another option is another boarder feeds Triple Crown Senior and I could see if she would share and split the cost. She has a coveted trash can spot in the feed room. Would Triple Crown Senior be a better option for him than Ultium? Is there another option I should consider?