Whistler's story as it appeared in the October 2022 newsletter. One more horse in need arrives at the sanctuary. Once again, another equine rescue recommended the owner call HPS. This is a good family with other horses in good condition and other critters all healthy. The owners were having trouble with this big boy dropping weight during the heat of the summer.
Animal Control was called, and the officer could tell all the other animals were in great shape and realized that the breed and age make keeping weight on the horse more difficult.
One of the things the veterinarian recommended was adding more fat to the horse's die. Canola oil is a GMO product made from grape seed (Not good), Coco soya is coconut oil, and soy oil is a GMO product (Not good), Cool Calories is Flaxseed, stabilized rice bran (not what I would use.) All commercial feeds have fat added. If you were thin and wanted to gain weight, would you go and eat donuts for adding fat? Protein adds muscle and extra fat is not the best for a skinny horse. Soaked alfalfa cubes are the best, just make sure they are all broken up. It is better than alfalfa pellets that don’t have the roughage that is so good for the horses.
Whistler arrived with a Henneke Body Score of one. He has good energy for as thin as he is. The tall body is of a Thoroughbred Standardbred cross. This big boy is as sweet as any horse I have ever met. He may be in his late teens or early twenties.