Poor Weight

STEVE: Poor weight is typically a symptom that they’re either not getting enough feed, would be the first obvious sign that you’re not supplying enough nutritional supplementation to their diet. Meaning, that either what they’re getting good enough quality in order to keep them healthy or you’re not giving them enough to maintain that situation or they’re not converting it properly.

So therefore, you have to look at all the details. Whether there’s a mal-absorption syndrome or there is ulcers or whether there is a problem with the procurement of the feed. They’re teeth are a problem. They have something in their mouth that basically has not been discovered or hasn’t been investigated properly, or there is a gastrointestinal virus, infection, something of this nature. So you need to go into the obvious first and then go from there, more in-depth as far as knowing why this animal is not converting and assimilating its food properly if it’s getting proper nutrition and/or supplementation to its diet.

ALEX: There’s obviously different feed company’s but different types of feeds that are developed for different horses and different training, different age levels and such. We worked with a feed company when we were with Mr. Paulson to do things to add beet pulp and brewers yeast to help. Certainly we had the one filly that just couldn’t keep weight on. I wasn’t that she wasn’t physically sound. She had no other health issues, but it was just her trying to keep weight on, on a daily basis.