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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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My horses keep losing weight...

Hi, we own Foundation Quarter Horses and all of the horses on our ranch are 1-4 year olds. So basically, we've got all youngin's. Now at the end of summer (September) all of our horses were healthy and at a good body weight. You couldn't see the ribs but you could feel them if you ran your hand along the sides of the ribcage. However, I've watched them shed the pounds off one by one and we've tried all different types of feed to get the weight back on, but nothing seems to make a difference. We have them all on a regular 90 day rotational deworming program and our vet has come out and tested their stools and hasn't found any digestive problems. Were running out of ideas and trying to figure out what will work. Right now our two horses in a very thin state now are our yearling (17 month old) stud colt, and 2 year old gelding. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Where are you from? Missouri

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Re: My horses keep losing weight...

Hi Christy,

You may wish to consider giving your horses a 5 day treatment of fenbendazole wormer to kill encysted larvae. Panacur Power Pac is the product. This could be contributing to the problem.

And, in addition to this, give them Ration Plus. They are not likely getting the calories they need from the forage they're eating. Ration Plus will boost the health of the bacteria living in the hind gut, so that they can better digest their feed.

Keep me posted!

All the best,

Dr. Getty