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        09-12-2010, 12:19 AM
    I will. He's getting his coggins done this week. I'm going to have to get the dentist out to get his teeth floated and all, his wolf teeth maybe affecting his eating as well . I've researched alot about 2 year old weights.

    And I know giving them too many supplements can just cancel them out. I need feed suggestions. I fed Compete 10 to my Mustang, but the TB is too young to be ridden so he doesn't really need a performance feed. I would perfer pellets too, over sweet feed. Something high in fat, it needs to have an equal amount of protein too to break the fat down into his body. Anybody have a feed or supplement that works well? What about beet pulp. I'm kinda debating that because that's so temperamental..
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        09-12-2010, 08:55 AM
    I feed my filly Advance from Banks Mills
        09-12-2010, 10:57 AM
    Green Broke
    From what I understand, contrary to popular belief, TBs are pretty slow maturing. Most aren't done growing until they are 4 or 5. So, he has a while yet! If I were I would talk to your vet about options of vitamins and minerals to add to his daily feed to help him get what he probably lacked early in life. That will help with development and growth. He will be a cute guy once he gets that weight on!
        09-12-2010, 12:49 PM
    My mare was 16.3 hh at three, but that's not normal. She has not grown up anymore, but she has grown out, if you know what I mean. I also have bought a 6 year old in the past that was 14.2 hh, and a year or so later he was 16.2 hh. The difference for him was a well balanced diet, and some vitamins, called Sea Trace. I've looked for them since then and can not find them anymore. I think that company may now be Focus. It was basically ground up Sea Kelp. It worked great.

    My uncle taught me how to estimate how big a horse should end up being. Take a string, and stretch it from the point of his shoulder down to his knee, and mark it, then rotate it up from the point of his shoulder to over his withers. This should estimate how tall he will end up being. I don't know if it's accurate or not, but it's worth a shot.
        09-12-2010, 12:58 PM
    Thanks QHDragon & CecilliaB! I'm very optimistic about him and starting to work with him. There's nothing I can really do about his past, but I can help in the future. I was told (so tell me what yall think about this) :

    -He may need his wolf teeth pulled @ 2 years old.

    -Deworm him on the 5 day dewormer. (he looks very bloated but that may just be all the food he's been getting since his recovery. I know he's been dewormed twice this month and been on daily dewormer feed..)

    -You want to feed him a complete feed that contains the same percentage of protein, fiber and fat. Like 10% protein, 10% fiber, 10% fat. (They all break each other down equally into the body and give the horse the most possible nutrients you could get from a feed.)

    -Supplements - 4 oz of kelp a day. (2 morning / 2 night) + 1 cup rice bran a day + flax seed - 1/2 cup a day.
        09-12-2010, 01:08 PM
    Wow PaintedFury that's funny you mentioned that! Haha I just said the Kelp thing in my post too! Guess it sounds like a sure fire thing :). I don't know where to get supplements for him, does Tractor Supply sell them? I've only used a few supplements before, my horses have never really needed them except for their coats and occassionally if they were sore. And we had a nice feed store with everything we ever needed in it by my old town. Oh well!
        09-12-2010, 01:15 PM
    I just looked up TSS's website, and it has supplements on it. I don't know what your local store would stock, but you could call them and ask if they have what you're looking for.
        09-12-2010, 01:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Sunny is 2.5 and it seems like she grows an inch every day! According to the string test she should grow a few more inches, which is why i'm holding off on riding until she's more leveled out. She was on a low-end sweet feed when I bought her, and I switched her to Nutrena SafeChoice and it has done wonders for her. Shiny coat, better feet, and she has sure sprouted!
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        09-12-2010, 01:51 PM
    Thanks guys for all the advice! I'm not a big TB person, but I only paid $175 for this guy and he's never been raced / ridden so I think that's a pretty decent deal. I'll go to the feed store and look at all the types. I've heard good things about Nutrena as well. I could probably order online for the supplements if I really need to.
        09-12-2010, 04:40 PM
    Keep us posted. I think a nice good feed and TLC goes a long way to bringing a horse to it's full potential in all aspects including height :)

    BTW there is a Tracking Babies Growth thread if ya wanna join to post updates and share pictures as he matures!

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