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Hello Marie,

The answer may simply be that he is not getting enough calories. For a working horse, he would need far more than a small amount of beet pulp and alfalfa pellets.

He also needs alfalfa hay, along with grass hay (grass hay offered free choice -- all day, all night, 24/7). And a supplement to fill in the gaps, along with flaxseed meal. I highly recommend Glanzen Complete - feed three scoops per day.

You mentioned that he is insulin resistant -- it is best to have your hay analyzed for its sugar and starch levels.

In addition to feeding him enough and filling in nutritional gaps, give him a good prebiotic to help his hind gut bacterial population. This will allow him to better digest forage, thereby giving him more calories. I recommend Ration Plus.

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Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

hello, I have an IR horse that is on beet pulp one handful and alfalfa pellets one handful twice daily. Hay is good quality and turnout limited to 2 hrs. He is working dressage and becoming too thin. Any suggestions?? Thanks

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio