I just rescued a 5 year old...turning 6 (May 2006) OTTB Gelding. He's been off the track since 2010 and not much is known about what happened to him between 2010 and when he was seized in February 2012. I just adopted him on Monday and am needing to put some weight on him. [I want to put some more weight on him before I start riding him]
At the shelter he had free feed hay/alfalfa and Perfectly Senior Horse Winter. When I moved him to his new home, I went out and bought the Senior feed (so to not throw his diet off] and the ranch feeds him pellets and a flake twice a day.
The feed place I get food from said to leave him on the senior feed that it would help him gain weight (as well as the shelter vet), but the people I ride with and board with and all the trainers I talk to say to get him off it ASAP since its "straight up sugar" which isn't good for a 6 year old.
I want to start switching his feed (gradually of course) next week but need to know EXACTLY what I should be doing. So far I keep hearing Triple Crown Complete and Beet Pulp (soaked) 1 time a day everyday. And if that doesn't work to use Rice Bran instead.
Anyone have any feeding tips as far as what they would chose to use? He lives in a stall where he has enough room to walk around and I turn him out daily, and lunge him daily as well. So he does get exercise. I know he needs muscle as well which is a whole nother topic to get started on soon, but as far as feed and putting weight on him...what would you recommend?
I know he has put on about 70lbs in the shelter from the diet he's on, but I keep hearing to get him off this diet.
I included pictures of him so you all could see where he is as far as weight.