Since we are already on the subject, quick question...My OTTB eats 2 flakes in the morning and at night and the vet had me put him on 4 lbs of purina complete advantage and weight builder powder. I am concerned with using the purina complete since it is so sweet. I have noticed since feeding him, he is super excitable and overreacts constantly. Is the complete making him hot? I am already taking back to basic training to deal with it, but could the underlying cause be the purina complete?
I would say the complete is DEFINITELY the cause. My past OTTB and my current TBxArab cannot have ANY molasses or corn, and oats even make/made them both hyper if they weren't in heavy training.
Many vets don't know the first thing about real nutrition, especially when dealing with food sensitivities. They just know what the feed companies tell them. Nutrition is only a one semester class in vet school
If he's eating grass hay, I would add two flakes at lunch, or up it to 3 flakes am and pm. If it's Alfalfa, I would add a meal of Bermuda, 2-3 flakes. A 1,000 lb horse should be getting 15-35 lbs of hay a day, depending on methabolism and work load.
My Anglo gets 25-30 lbs a day of Bermuda hay plus 1.5 lbs of alfalfa pellets with 1 cup of milled flax. He gets NO grain, just a vitamin supplement. He keeps his weight on beautifully and is not hyper or spooky at all.
He used to be a hard keeper and would jump out of his skin at the smallest thing.
We tried every kind of feed and supplement we could get our hands on to keep weight on him without making him hot. What finally did it? Just lots and lots of the best hay we could get our hands on, lol. The grain made him more hyper, which made him lose more weight...