Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Alright I'm going to try and answer all of the questions that I've read.....
As of today, I have zero dollars extra to spend on him. I'm currently looking for a higher paying/second job with the same pay so I can afford to take care of him. Tough economy, made tougher when you're 19 and no one wants to hire you.
If he was able to be on 24/7 turnout, I don't think that would help....since theres no grass, he can't graze, and all he does is crib. On top of that, he bullies the horses he has been previously turned out with, or they get in to fights with each other, which is why he's on night turn out in a pasture by himself.
I currently have him on Joint Combo Hoof and Coat, Optizyme, and the U-Gaurd. I previously had him on Hoof HF, Forta-Flex with H/A for joints, and Super 13 for the coat in addition to the Optizyme.....anyway I look at it, its about the same amount of money. I know he's getting more than the minimum amount of hay needed, unless four flakes for an 1000 pound horse isn't rationally accurate. He gets Alfalfa in the AM, and Alfalfa/Tifton in the PM.
He's acting silly because he's an OTTB, and has only been off the track for a year and change. I'm the first one to actually ask him to do something other than run his heart out, so he's going to act like a green horse with half a brain even without the grain....he'll just look skinny.
I have called his vet, who hasn't seen him crib ever (at his old place, he was on 24/7 pasture with a hot wire running along the fence line and around any convenient trees) and so he says we would need to scope his stomach in order to officially diagnose him and offer additional advice. Again, I don't have the money to pay for the sedation or the scope, or even the trip out to my barn.
The hay we do use is actually excellent quality, its all organic, compressed and it smells like you'd want to eat it. Its definitely a step up from the regular bales we used to get.