Friday, January 9, 2009

Peanut, Our Old Man

We have now had Peanut for 5 months. He has found his place in the herd and feels comfortable enough to come into the barn to eat. At first he was afraid to come in the barn to be fed, but now he comes trotting in and actually stands at the feed room door looking in the window just waiting for food. He really enjoys being fed. We have been trying to get some more weight on him. I make him a wet bran mash type thing. I wet a scoop of bran with a scoop of 12% pellets and then he gets a half a scoop of Horse Chow 100. It's a 10% complete feed. I just started to give him the half a scoop. I think I might change him all the way over to the Horse Chow. It's an awesome feed that doesn't give horses too much protein and a lot of needed bulk. That is what's so wonderful about a complete feed. I have also thought about feeding him a senior feed. The man at the sale barn said that Peanut was about 17 years old. But his front teeth are pretty short, so I think he is probably more like 20 of not older. My father in law said if he is 20+ that peanut might not gain more weight. Well, I just want Peanut to gain more weight up along his backbone. Peanut gets fed his hay separate from all the other horses. I want to make sure that he eats all that he gets. The other horses eat their hay out in the pasture. I am afraid once Peanut looses his fuzzy hair that he will be a bit ribby. He does have an apointment for his shots coming up and I am going to have his teeth floated. He doens't drop any grain, but I just want to make sure that is not the reason for him not getting as round as I would like him to. He is only 14 hands, if that, and so I wouldn't think, that for a smaller horse, it would be so hard to get him to gain a little weight. I don't want to start riding him a lot come spring time and have him loose a buch of weight. He is a neat boy. And I can never imagine someone wanting to just get rid of this horse. He was just dropped off at the sale barn. The Kill Buyer was bidding on him when my father in law convinced his horse trading buddy to bid on him. The horse sold for 225 dollars. But you all know that story, so I won't go into detail. The kids all have really enjoyed having him here too. Yesterday Big Cowpoke and Little Cowpoke were arguing about who's horse Peanut was. Big Cowpoke told Little Cowpoke, "Peanut is my horse, I just let you ride him." We all love Peanut. Even Cowpokette can't get enough of him. Every evening when we feed horses, she has to go and sit on him. Peanut puts up with us messing with him. At first he wasn't too sure about all the attention, but now he doesn't mind. As long as he has food in front of him, you can't get him to budge. I am not too into letting Cowpokette ride quite yet. It makes me super nervous. But she really does like sitting up on the horse. She moved her hips back and forth because she wants to go. It takes a lot of concentration to pet him on his neck and tell him good boy. I think her tongue helps her out with balance. Pure Joy. I just might have my horse lover child after all. I really hope that Peanut can stick around a lot longer to take her places. Because you know she is going to have to keep up with her big brothers. She thinks she can do everything they do.

But if any of you have any ideas for up keep on an older horse, let me know what you feed. Peanut has free choice pasture and gets hay too. I don't want to feed him something that will get him hyper, my kids ride him. So, nothing that will make him too hot. I welcome any suggestions!!

12 comments:

Holly Lane said...

Wow it sounds like this horse is going to have a good long life at your house. Getting his teeth floated and making sure he has been wormed is the main thing. It amazes how many people just let their horses teeth go and never take care of them!!

I have a really old barrel horse who is retired at my mothers. She started losing weight this winter so we started feeding her alfalfa pellets. Some people warned us about ulcers but as long as they are on pasture or getting some grass hay the vet said it should be okay. She is fat as a toad now. I feed all my working horses alfalfa pellets and have never had a problem. So just a thought:)

gtyyup said...

Peanut is just a doll!! Thanks for the link to read how you got him...boy, did he need you guys. It always amazes me that people don't realize the value an older, experienced horse can have for our younger generation.

I don't think he looks all that down on his weight. I've noticed in my old QH Toby that he's starting to get a lil' sway in his back and his withers seem much taller than they used to be...I think it's just age settling in (he's 22 this year).

As Peanut starts to get exercised more regularly, he'll start toning up and building muscle again...that with the good diet you have him on should be enough. I think you'll see his hip start to fill out.

A little alfalfa wouldn't hurt either. I feed 1/2 alfalfa and 1/2 grass hay. Teeth and worming, as Holly Lane mentioned, are key factors too.

Really, you're doing great with him!

The W.O.W. factor said...

Hi Andrea, thanks for stopping by the other day! Boy! Is your little Cowpokette a DOLL! And you just might have that horse lovin' kid! Never too early to start! Have a friend who barrel raced thru her
8th month preg.(and got dumped!) Her little girl is 6 wks now and they take her on rides every day! Even in the cold and snow!

Cactus Jack Splash said...

If you can find someone who deals Dynamite products you could try either HESS (1,000 calories per cup) or PGR, both are gerat a building toplines and part of what I use to rehab really thin horses.

Stephanie said...

Hi Andrea -

You are right for eliminating the reasons for peanut being thin. I don't buy that "old horses just get skinny" stuff. Old horses may be more prone to issues that cause them to lose weight but age is not one of them. Keep feeding them and keep up the good work!!

Your kids are incredibly cute BTW!!

Gosh there is nothing like those senior baby sitters. I wish every novice rider would pick one of those up...

Thank you for giving that boy another chance at a good life.

Callie said...

Teeth and worming, good thing.........Senior feed, what about that?

Mrs Mom said...

I vote for SR feed whole heartedly. It is processed for easier absorption by older horses, so they can get more nutrients out of it.

Soaked beet pulp helps, but I like the SR feed much better. If need be, if you can. breaking his feedings up into three small feeds a day might help- just while you are putting the weight back on him. Easier for the oldsters to digest that way, instead of trying to deal with large amounts at two feedings.

All the hay he wants, all the pasture he wants (when it starts growing again,) keep him wormed, and keep those old teeth looked after, and the SR feed, and I bet he will be perfectly round in no time! ;)

BTW- can those kids of your GET any cuter? LOL... Cowpokette is TOOOOOO SWEET! I LOVE her smile!!!

kdwhorses said...

Great pics! Cowpokette is a doll! I would let her ride! She looks so happy! But I totally understand what your'e saying! I've had SAvannah in the saddle since she was born. I would go through times of being nervous. But Angel always takes such good care of her!

Okay~we have a 26 year old QH aka "Pesky". I used to feed him senior feed and oats, free choice of hay. Noticed he was loosing weight. So I switched him to One and Only or Equine One~they are both the same, just different disturbers. Also I give him a scoop of the other horses' sweet feed and free choice hay, salt and water. He has done extremely well on this regement. We have been doing it for about 4 years now. The One and Only or Equine 1 is a nugget looking feed, I put alittle water on it and he loves it. Good luck I think he looks good, but better to keep older horses with weight. I'll have to post a picture "Pesky" so you can see.

St. Fairsted Farm said...

A friend of mine had a 20 year old mare who became very poor. After much nagging from his grandfather and me, he took her to the vet.

The vet floated her teeth (which cost $40.00 at the time) a couple months later you never would have believed it was the same mare.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Sounds like Peanut is one of those horses 'worth their weight in gold', I, too hope he sticks around so Cowpokette can learn to ride on Peanut.
She looks so thrilled to be on his back :D

~Lisa

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

What a cute little girl!

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

Peanut is really cute! If it were me, and I have rodeoed on and maintained horses that are older than him, I'd screw using a vet to float his teeth and call a REALLY good horse dentist. You could start by calling Randy Riedinger's school out on Weatherford, TX for a referral to someone in your area.

Then, I'd also make sure he has free choice hay- preferably alfalfa. Oftentimes ulcers can keep a horse thin, and he looks to me like he may have them. Alfalfa hay neutralizes the acid a horse's stomach constantly produces- see the horse.com for references. I'd put him on a pelleted feed- something along the lines of 12% protein and 8-12% fat. Fat is good. Protein is bad.

Good luck.