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Re: older horse trying to gain weight

Hello Jaclyn,

To feed this Dumor Feed according to directions, you would need to feed 1.5 lbs per 100 lbs of body weight, which is more than what most people would feed (that would amount to 15 lbs per day for a 1000 lb horse!) Plus, it has a very minimal amount of vitamins and minerals, so all in all, I think it would be best to add a comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement that offers flaxseed meal (for more fat plus omega 3s) to this feed. You can continue to feed as much as you're currently offering (no more than 4 lbs per meal) or you can increase it if he needs more calories.

The supplement I recommend is Glanzen Complete (3 scoops per day for a full sized horse). This would be an excellent approach. Or you could go with High Point for Grass Diets, plus 3 scoops of Nutra Flax per day.

Grass hay, free choice, some alfalfa (about 20-30% of hay ration would be ideal), temperature controlled water to encourage enough drinking during the winter, a plain white salt block plus salt offered free choice, and you're set!

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

I have an older gelding roughly 30yrs. He is thin. I am trying to get him to gain weight before winter. He is out on pasture 24/7 right now and being brought in several times a week to be fed (sometimes hard to know because just about everyone at the barn will feed him if he comes up) . He is on Dumor senior feed, has been on it for years. I recently added beet pulp. After talking to my vet he is now getting B12 injections 3CC a week with an Androgynous steroid and only every 6 weeks. He only had the injections once. I am wanting to know if the feed is sufficient enough, and how much a day should I be feeding.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO