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    03-25-2012, 06:08 PM
Feed for an OTTB

I have recently got an OTTB mare.
She seems to be a bit hard to keep weight on...Shes reguarly wormed, no stomach ulcers etc. Healthy apart from the fact that we are trying to fingd a good feed to put weight on her. At the moment she's getting fed:

3 scoops lucerne chaff
3 scoops oaten chaff
2 scoops Bio-mare
1/2 Easi-result
1 mitavite X-tra Cool

Then she gets 2 biscuits of hay at lunch time

Just saying that I don't really know how big the scoops are (I forget how much they weigh)

I was thinking of putting copra in there as well....

Also has anyone ever had a problem with Weight Gain? Its in a pink bag and has a sandy texture.... Id like to give that a go but just want some peoples insight on it before I go "testing" All these different feeds on her :)

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    03-25-2012, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
Is the hay at lunch the ONLY hay she is getting or is that additional hay on top of say, free choice access to a large bale?
    03-25-2012, 07:21 PM
TB's are very prone to ulcers, so you want to watch for that. Has his teeth been checked and floated if needed?

Kent makes a product called, Omegatin. It was originally designed to help keep weight on racing TB's, but it was soon discovered that it works beautifully for any horse. I have used it myself, on several horses, and you couldn't ask for a better product on the market for weight gain. It's a little pricey, but well worth the money, and you only give a small amount twice a day.
    03-25-2012, 07:43 PM
Green Broke
Well I am assuming you have had her teeth checked if not I would do that.

I also find my boy who is a tb but has been off the track for quite a few years does well with just one big biscuit of hay at night at the moment because they have a lot of green grass 24/7.

During winter though I find he has to have 1-2 biscuits morning and night along with cracked lupins with soy bean meal once a day. I go by weight with the hay not amount. It varies how much lupins he gets, on the grass etc.

I found for him the simpler his diet the better he did. He isn't a real hard keeper but he isn't easy either.
    03-25-2012, 07:54 PM
Much like Apache, my TB has been off the track for a few years now, and when the pasture is good he gets a flake of hay in the morning and a flake at dinner, and that goes up to four flakes in the winter, and when the pasture isn't growing. Heat and drought are strong factors down here in south texas. His feed is simple. 1 full scoop of beet pulp, half scoop of equistages, half scoop of oats, msm, electrolytes, dumor weight booster, and opti-zime probiotics, given at dinner time.Sonny tends to be a bit hard during the summer, and we may boost the beet pulp and equistages by half a scoop each, but that's it. It sure wouldn't hurt to have his teeth checked, and just keep his diet consistent.
    03-25-2012, 10:03 PM
Hay hay hay hay and a bit more hay. Put a round out in the paddock if you can.
Adding too much hard feed can make it very difficult to balance the diet, and you wind up feeding far more than the horse needs without it gaining weight. Roughage is the best way to bulk them up cheaply.

Once you're feeding ad lib meadow hay, you can also add some lucerne which I find it great for weight gain on TBs and doesn't tend to heat them up.
When I get home from work, I'll also send you through a diet I had formulated for one of my ottbs - I have yet to find a horse that it doesn't work on. Lots of roughage, some lucerne, speedibeet (on its own does nothing, but with other feeds it improves gut function which leads to more digestion of the other feeds rather than having it go straight through the gut), also some ricebran and copra. Just about everything in it is raw feeds, nothing processed.
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    03-26-2012, 01:46 AM
Try rice bran. And copra :)
    03-26-2012, 01:55 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions! We will ring the vet soon, get him to do her teeth
    03-26-2012, 03:58 AM
Also equijewel is brilliant, try her on that
    03-26-2012, 04:06 AM
^^ Ahh yes I have heard of that!

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