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post #1 of 24 Old 02-24-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Best supplements for OTTBs

I just purchased my first OTTB and before he comes home I want him to have the best supplants to keep Jim
Healthy and his coat shiny and hooves strong & good overall health. Any tips?
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post #2 of 24 Old 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 dont you want to be inside too?" It can take time for them to learn their social skills.
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I feed mine a 14% with a 6% fat & he loves it. I'm gonna get him
A good ulcer supplement but I love hearing people's experience with their OTTBs and supplements & training. I clipped his whiskers and bridle path last night & he stood like a statue. Probably used to it from the track.
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Mine is a gem from the way he was brought up. They are often fizzy when they come off the track but also have good ground manners. well, mine does, he is just so chilled and sweet with everyone.
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That's so sweet :) mines 9 so he's been off the track for awhile
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No different for OTTBs as any other horse. The only straight answer without a LOT more info IMO is 'It depends'. On what their diet/pasture/hay has in it, on whether they need joint supps or such(OTTBs almost invariably have body/skeletal issues), whether he has ulcers or other GI probs(common in racehorses & intensively kept horses), whether he is insulin resistant or such(not so common in OTTBs, at least if they're not long OT. FeedXL.com & safergrass.org are 2 places to get some more info.
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I used Rice Bran for awhile, which worked wonderfully. It kept his coat super shiny and helped keep some weight on him. As for as supplements, I've used Cosequin SP, Flex/Max, and Tri-sport (not all at once!) and all worked extrememly well.

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I haven't treated JJ any differently than my 2 Arabians, except of course that I feed him based on his size.

He gets the same feed and hay, and I don't have him on any supplements. He's shiny and healthy, and enjoys being out 24/7 with the Arabians.

He's a horse. It doesn't need to be complicated unless he has a preexisting condition where he might need to be supplemented. I try not to over supplement. Let the horse tell you if he needs something, don't just presume he does just because he's a particular breed.

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Have you had any joint or ulcer problems?
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Nope. JJ was retired from the track at 5 y/o. He'll be 8 this year, and I've had him almost 3 years.

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