Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
You would need to be more specific about the details of what they're being fed to really get helpful suggestions. How much hay are they getting, and what kind? What kind of hard feed, and how much? Are they turned out on grass or not? Are they on 24/7 turn out, or do they get stalled at night?
I have a TB and he's off the track....so he has a very fast metabolism and a big appetite. He currently gets 5 flakes of second cut T&A, 4 lbs of Nutrena Senior, 1 lb of Max E Glo rice bran, and he's just been put on 2 lbs of shredded beet pulp daily. He should be getting more hay, but 5 flakes is about as much as I can afford at this point. The general consensus is that lots of hay should be a fist priority when trying to encourage weight gain. Then, feeding a hard feed that's high in fat, but stay away from sweet feeds. Some weight builders work, we have an appendix mare that's done really well on Farnam weight builder, but things of that nature (vegetable oil, weight supplements, etc) are sort of a last resort.