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post #11 of 17 Old 04-13-2012, 09:36 PM
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It took me 3 months to get to my "ideal" weight with him. By 3lbs of strategy feed a day and unlimited access to a grass round bale.
I originally tried giving him extra beet pulp (he loved it) but that didn't do much good. .
Strategy is a good one for OTTBs.You probably didnt see much with the beet pulp because it is good for two things..helpd the horse in retaining water weight and filler.If you horse doesnt get sucked up and his metabolism is in good shape,theres really no need for beet pulp ,thus you wont see any differences.Its good though for the horses(bleeders) who have been on Lasix once they are off of it and off the track.
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The last time he raced was in 2009 and that was at Delta Downs in Louisiana and he's never placed higher than 4th and he's 6yrs old 16.2HH I know NOTHING of his past other than what I found out by looking up and calling in his tattoo number I never spoke to the person who brought him to the auction I handed my money to the person who takes the money from you when you buy something at an auction (no idea what there called it was first time at an auction) and they handed me my horse and that was it no information on anything just a bill of sale and the horse.


I have had my vet come out the day after I bought him and check him out he's taken blood samples, fecal samples, given him a physical exam I got his coggins, shots and worming done because I have no idea when they were done last and had no proof of it I got my vet to do any and everything he could to find out anything he could about him he's came back good on everything he's sound health wise so who ever had him took care of him medically. I've had my farrier come out and do his feet because they were if HORRIFIC conditions they were chipped, dry, overgrown but other than them being cosmetically ugly he said he had no hoof or leg damage had been done due to his over grown ugly feet. I worm and trim my horses feet every 6-8weeks.


He is on a rye/oat hay mix and he's on strategy feed (my vet recommended it) he has unlimited 24/7 access to good green pasture he gets feed and hay 3x a day he's not on any supplements or anything just his feed, hay and pasture. The only things that I've done are what my vet recommended me to do. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to help him gain his weight I know it takes time and money and I'm prepared for whatever it takes I really want to help him get better I'm not the most experienced horse owner but I figured he's better off with me than at a slaughter house. Right? But I am going to try out all these suggestions/tips and find out what works best for him.
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-13-2012, 11:53 PM
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The last time he raced was in 2009 and that was at Delta Downs in Louisiana and he's never placed higher than 4th and he's 6yrs old 16.2HH I know NOTHING of his past other than what I found out by looking up and calling in his tattoo number I never spoke to the person who brought him to the auction I handed my money to the person who takes the money from you when you buy something at an auction (no idea what there called it was first time at an auction) and they handed me my horse and that was it no information on anything just a bill of sale and the horse.


I have had my vet come out the day after I bought him and check him out he's taken blood samples, fecal samples, given him a physical exam I got his coggins, shots and worming done because I have no idea when they were done last and had no proof of it I got my vet to do any and everything he could to find out anything he could about him he's came back good on everything he's sound health wise so who ever had him took care of him medically. I've had my farrier come out and do his feet because they were if HORRIFIC conditions they were chipped, dry, overgrown but other than them being cosmetically ugly he said he had no hoof or leg damage had been done due to his over grown ugly feet. I worm and trim my horses feet every 6-8weeks.


He is on a rye/oat hay mix and he's on strategy feed (my vet recommended it) he has unlimited 24/7 access to good green pasture he gets feed and hay 3x a day he's not on any supplements or anything just his feed, hay and pasture. The only things that I've done are what my vet recommended me to do. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to help him gain his weight I know it takes time and money and I'm prepared for whatever it takes I really want to help him get better I'm not the most experienced horse owner but I figured he's better off with me than at a slaughter house. Right? But I am going to try out all these suggestions/tips and find out what works best for him.
Your doing everything great! Keep up the good work!

He should be gaining weight soon. Give it time, it will happen.

I supplemented with alfalfa hay as well (a flake a day or so). I'm sure that made a huge difference. However, not all horses do well with alfalfa because it is so rich.

OTTBs are bred to be lean. So keep that in mind. He may not ever reach your ideal weight because of his high metabolism.

Good luck and keep us updated!
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-13-2012, 11:55 PM
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Strategy is a good one for OTTBs.You probably didnt see much with the beet pulp because it is good for two things..helpd the horse in retaining water weight and filler.If you horse doesnt get sucked up and his metabolism is in good shape,theres really no need for beet pulp ,thus you wont see any differences.Its good though for the horses(bleeders) who have been on Lasix once they are off of it and off the track.
Yeah, my boy was never a racer. He was neglected and underweight when I got him. He has been an easy keeper though once the weight came back on, unlike a lot of OTTBs.

Different things work for different horses


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post #15 of 17 Old 04-14-2012, 12:10 AM
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It sounds like you have done everything you can, now it's just a matter of time. Once he relaxes and gets used to doing things a bit more slowly the weight will start to build. It's kind of like people, once you slow down you have more trouble keeping the weight off. In this case, it will be a good thing.

He's a cutie, by the way!
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Jeni brought up a good point that has a pretty big impact on weight, nutrient absorption/retention. Probiotics!
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-14-2012, 08:19 AM
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Sounds like you're doing everything possible. He's a kind looking guy and lucky to have found you!
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