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post #1 of 2 Old 04-06-2012, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question 6 Year Old OTTB Rescue Needs To Gain Weight.

Hey everyone,
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.

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Tiz Whiz makes great grain that has lots of protein without making them nuts. I have always used Purina Born to Win (OKAY, they call it ENRICH 32 now but I cant stop calling it that!) Thats high protein and it makes for a wonderful supplement. Say you could do half and half so you don't break your bank with a 14%. Hay access is a MUST because its the safer way for him to gain weight - not that he still couldnt get sick off too much alfalfa (but not if he is used to it). Corn oil is excellent as well. I have seen DAC Bloom work wonders for nursing and underweight moms. UGGG, I know the old beet pulp routine. It gets old. He is young, so he may eat it all, but many horses get bored with it, take their time, and before you know it they've been munching for an hour and now flies are in it. Honestly, quality hay is better than beet pulp any day for a young horse. Its the seasoned ones that get the most use from it. You don't need to break your bank with a grain that is 'specialized,' instead it would be wise to use it has a mixer/filler with your quality high-protein $$$ grain. Don't buy junk though, of course. The corn oil will really help, but make sure you add it slowly more and more. Alfalfa cubes and hay can be a great tool for him. I wouldn't bother with the weight builder tubs until he is failing at other things. Remember - you dont want to give him way too much starch, and not too much protein all the sudden. Get a good weight tape if need be. Make sure he is wormed, but I would do a smaller dose of ivermectin since he is thin. Lunging him will help his appetite as well, so long as you are just keeping him semi-busy and not actually WORKING him. If you have any more questions, let me know! I really hope my ramblings help. I dislike TB racing because it treats sweet TB's like they are disposable and people don't realize all the horses that DON'T make it in racing!
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