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post #11 of 13 Old 06-25-2013, 12:32 PM
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I've never had a TB (including OTTB's) that cost any more to keep than anything else in terms of size and what you were doing with them. My grandfather bred TB's and they lived on grass and hay most of the time and always looked well. I currently have a TB x WB and she's on a strict diet even when in work
A lot of TB's that come off the track have ulcers and that affects their weight a lot and sometimes the change in their living environment also gives them ulcers, they have to adjust to a very different life, many have never lived out and aren't used to sharing a field with other horses. Once you sort out any health issues they seem to be able to do well on more than any other horse
One thing I have always found with them is that although they can and do winter out in cold climates with no stabling or blanketing - that is when many of them do need a lot more feed to maintain body heat in comparison to a typical native breed, cob or the quarter horse types for example
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-25-2013, 12:36 PM
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My OTTB is actually pretty hard to stay 'fit', he gains weight VERY easy.. If you put him out on good pasture for a month with light work, he'll get a good bit of fat on him. He has free choice grass with grain just twice a week, plus a mineral block, all Summer & he stays fit. During the winter he gets grain 4 times a week, free choice of hay & grass, plus alfalfa cubes.

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post #13 of 13 Old 06-25-2013, 10:43 PM
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Like others have said, it really depends on the horse. If you're worried about it, you could always ask the person you're looking to buy from what they're feeding and how much.

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