|again.. the teeth have been checked and completely ruled out. |
I don't have a 20 yr old vet still in school.
both my regular and mobile vet ONLY do horses.
also.. the horse is NOT having an eating problem.
he will set there and eat a full bucket of feed with no mor ethan normal loss. I know what a horse with bad / sharp teeth and cut cheeks looks like eating. loosing feed out their mouth.. etc.
he's not passing masses of pooly digested material either.
and his fronts look as good as a 17 yr old pasture mates. he can pull and clip grass just fine.
his energy is good. and apatite is good.. he's eating.. not wormy.. not diabetic... making good urine.. has no visible tumors. is not arthritic.. etc.
about his only apparrent issue is cataracts in his remaining eye.
heck.. his hooves are still growing out good with no undue striations or cracks. still makes a nice supple frog, base of hooves not soft and no white line or rot. he'll hold his tial like a stallion and tot up to the feed lot when I ring the bell, beating some of the horses half his age.
we ( farrier , vets, and myself ) have not been able to pin down any particular issue other than age... just trying to research any other tricks we may be missing for getting him filled out again.
he doesn't like sugar cubes but will eat pepermints.. and loves raw carrots and apple quarters. He's not real keen on them chalky apple-ish flavored treats. or the carrot ones oddly enough.. but he will also eat 'stud muffins' an oat filled cookie treat.
as for parasites.. he gets his normal anthelmintics and has the equine equivalent of spot.. plus gets dusted.. he's not flea infested.. no ticks I can find.. he's no rubbing or chewing or rolling inordinately.. just once or twice in the sand hole daily..e tc..
no bean in the sheath.. etc.
simply can't find a 'smoking gun' for a weight loss other than he's just gtting old. I'm just searching for some weight builder ideas. we used to give them some molassis on a protien block in the winter.. but last couple years he wasn't interested in that.. etc..