Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Ahh, gotta love the hard to put weight on, TB's :) I'm there too, I have a TB, but he's doing quite nicely.
As you already stated, the most important factor is hay, hay, hay, hay, hay. As much has as possible. You said that your horses are on free choice, which is wonderful. As much access to the hay, the better.
I would definately get her scoped for ulcers, if you don't have the money to scope, you can treat - go with SmartPaks SmartGut Pellets. I had my boy on that, and I loved the results.
I would also look into a Digestive Aid supplement. There are many horses out there who's systems just aren't working properly, where there is a missing link somewhere, causing the lack of weight gain. A digestive aid supplement will help with that. Again, I used SmartPaks SmartDigest Ultra.
*I'm not trying to push SmartPak, I only suggest it because that's what I used, and can only go by what I experienced.* there are many great products out there that can help you, doesn't have to be smartpak.
The feeding schedule - I would divide it up to 3 feedings a day, and I would get rid of the sweet feed all together. It's garbage. That's like feeding your children Corn Pops for meals all day, everyday. Crap, no nutrition at all.
For the TB, I would look into a Senior Feed. Like Tripple Crown Senior. With Tripple Crown Senior, you are getting more bang for your buck - it has TONS of shaved Beat Pulp in the mix, it also has plenty of Rice Bran, along with other great ingredients.
When I was feeding Tripple Crown Senior to my boy, I was giving him 10lbs a day, which was split up in seperate feedings.
Of course, teeth checked is very important. It can be helped!