02-24-2012, 08:52 AM
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I live in South Africa so my products are different im sure. But I would get him a good treatment for ulcers (most OTTBs have them). Grazing also helps with ulcers.
I mentioned this on another thread. The all natural supplement I use for coat and general hoof condition and body health contains Fenugreek seed, Garlic, Deep Sea Kelp, Rosehip and Nettle. It is really working well. The Fenugreek seed also helps with gastric ulcers. I like an all natural supplement.
Make sure ou have a good quality food as well. My OTTB wasnt happy to change his feed. He gets a good 12% feed now to keep condition on him. Remember your new horse is going to let down a lot no matter what you do and how much you feed. Their bodies need to detox and they lose weight and condition. Every horse will let down differently though.
I prefer to feed mine Teff and Lucern is possible. At the moment our local quality is poor so he gets a good amount of Eragrostis hay at night after his meal.
Keep his mental needs in mind too. A happy horse is a healthy one. If he is in an environment where he is stressed out and unhappy he will lose more condition. They all adapt differently. Some settle right in like mine did. Others don't. Some will run the fence line. Others just stand and stare. Mine is learning quickly but I rode on Sunday and when I turned him out I couldnt find him a few minutes later and he had found his way back into the stable which was open at the time and was standing in his box. He was alling to the other hroses outside as if to say "why don't you want to be inside too?" It can take time for them to learn their social skills.