My OTTB had a body score of two when we bought him.....his is now a fat pig!!
Seriously, he is developing a crease down his back....oink.
He's been steadily gaining weight in the year we've had him.. and now I'm trying to get him to stop!! AND, most amazingly of all, he gained this weight...ON DRY LOT. No kidding. AND he only got 3 lbs of Strategy once a day.
We fiddled around with weight supplements, food additives, etc....but he did not put on weight in any substantial amount until we switched him to Cool Calories and added a probiotic. Probiotics can definitely make a huge difference and are worth every penny you spend on them.
Like MIEVenter, we use SmartDigest from SmartPak.
The diet that made him fat was:
Free choice timothy hay
3 lbs strategy once a day
1 lb of alfalfa cubes (shredded because he is choke prone)
SmartDigest probiotic supplement
2 scoops cool calories
1 hour of grass time once a day
Since moving to a new farm and becoming almost as fat as our draft, we have cut out the cool calories and are waiting to see if that helps. If not, the alfalfa cubes are next to go......
If THAT doesn't help with weight loss, he will have his grass time cut.....at the new farm, he and Epona get 6 hours. Pending a consultation and exam with our vet on wednesday, if she reccomends a cut in grazing time, so be it.
I NEVER thought I'd have two porky pigs for horses, especially since one is a 6 yr. Old OTTB.
Who ever heard of a fat pig OTTB?????
I swear by probiotics.
Our ex BO also reccomends a round of daily dewormer for skinny horses.....things like Continuex or Strongid. Just to break the life cycle of the worms.