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        07-05-2013, 12:38 PM
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    Foal
    I have 2 thoroughbreds..one is a moderate keeper(atm FAT!) and the other is a very hard keeper.
    The hard keeper is on Tribute Kalm Ultra(12% fat), Finishing Touch(18% fat), along with Alfalfa Cubes and some veggie oil.
    Moderate keeper is on Tribute Kalm n Ez(8% fat), a little bit of Finishing Touch, and beet pulp.
    My hard keeper does not like beet pulp so he gets the alfalfa cubes for fibre and he has always done better with some alfalfa in his diet. I can't seem to get him to eat as much hay as my other guy either but recently been cleaning up all his hay unlike before. Both get free choice hay and a prebiotic/probiotic.

    Id do either a senior feed or low starch high fat complete feed, free choice hay, beet pulp/hay cubes/roughage chunks, and added fat from either oils/rice bran. Keep the sweet feed and slowly introduce the new feed until your no longer feeding the sweet feed.
         
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        07-05-2013, 01:37 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I care for 6 OTTBs, and ride a few others in addition to those.

    We don't feed grain. These are all polo and ranch horses (meaning they work) and we don't feed grain. Granted, we don't want our horse overweight, that would be cruel considering they are asked to do a lot, but we also keep them very healthy.

    Before my current position, I used to get OTTBs and re-work for riding mounts. I didn't grain them. Worked on tracks in the eastern states for several years and no one I knew fed sweet feeds.

    Also, we ride them when we get them. If they have been on the track, they can stand, walk, trot, and canter. Unless they went "rogue" on someone or are lame, I see no reason to put off riding.

    We do feed a senior feed to two semi-retirees TBs that are in their mid to late 20s that small children ride.

    So, once again there are many ways to treat a horse, and they mostly all work!
         

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