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post #1 of 15 Old 01-15-2009, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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OTTB weight gain advice!

I'm asking this for my friend Krista who can't get on the internet on a regular basis right now. She wants to know what you OTTB owners feed to put weight on? Jordan is about 300 pounds underwight. Right now he's getting an Alfalfa/orchard grass hay mix and she's going to get him some equine senior for the extra calories even though he's only 6. She's also wondering about weight gain they work? Are there any in praticular that work best? Thanks for any help!
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-15-2009, 01:15 AM
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I have a stallion that is a hard keeper, he is not a OTTB but it is a miniature horse who has history of ulcers. I have tried farnam weight builder with little success and had much better luck, actually amazing results with a product made by start to finish called Cool Omega 40+. It is 40% fat. The weight builder from farnam axtually made him hot and hard to deal with.
Beet pulp is low in nutritional value but works wonders for adding weight to horses, especially in covering ribs and backbone. Rice bran is high in fat also and contains quite a few more nutrients than beet pulp.
I would not necesarily look for a senior feed for extra calories but would find a feed low in starch and high in fat and fiber. Find something that is nutritionally balanced to be fed with alfalfa mixes. Can you give free choice hay to him? Free choice hay works wonders for adding weight rather than feeding hay in small bursts.
Sorry I am not much more help, it is late here and I am tired.
Hopefully peggysue will see this as she is a lot more knowledgable about adding weight and feed programs for horses than I am.

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post #3 of 15 Old 01-15-2009, 01:33 AM
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I agree with the rice bran that is what i am giving Joe right now with a lot of corn oil. In the past when I first got Joe and he is an ottb, he was skin and bones, i used Strategy grain by Purina (not the one with grass in it) and a weight supplement which changed every so often. Stategy is really good for their digestive system, (joe pooed a lot on it lol, but he gained a lot and didnt get high from it) I just recently switched back to rice bran because i couldnt get the Strategy when I needed it and i cut back on giving weight supplement because he is at a good weight and they are a little over my budget.

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post #4 of 15 Old 01-15-2009, 01:50 AM
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high fat and protein content are essential to TBs.
As far as supplements go, I like this stuff:
Nature’s Essentials® Amplify® Supplement

Rice Bran and the Performance Horse - Susan Evans Garlinghouse <-- I just skimmed it, but this could be helpful

You might also want to get him checked for ulcers if he is straight of the track, just a thought.

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post #5 of 15 Old 01-15-2009, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I will pass on this info tomorrow!!!!
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-15-2009, 11:37 PM
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My OTTB is still on his racing diet, he gets sweet feed (racehorse 10), senior feed, whole oats, alfalfa/bermuda pellets and alfalfa. Alfalfa because he won't eat bermuda, he's not spoiled at all...
Besides all that he gets wheat germ oil, electrolytes (AZ) and glucosamine/chondroitin mix. Still want to add vitamin B complex and clovite eventually. Total he gets about 20 pounds of feed a day (half of it alfalfa, half "good stuff") and he has gained about a 150 pounds since I got him. Since he is on "hot' food he certainly has a lot of energy, but since he's not a mean horse by any means I'm ok with that and he's in a stall with room and entertainment enough for him to not get claustrophobic. Also if feeding a horse that much, you better make sure he gets the exercise he needs, so we ride about 5 times a week.
I've heard a lot of good things about rice bran, but believe there is something to be said for continuation, so I give him what he's been having for years (he raced until he was 11, he's almost 13 now) and he seems happy.
He'll never be fat, but that's just the way he's built.
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post #7 of 15 Old 01-16-2009, 01:29 PM
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My OTTB's get Free choice grass hay in a restricted small mesh hay net (so that they don't waist there food), small amount of alf, Beet pulp, rice bran and flax. This has worked great without having to buy expensive sr feeds and way too much sugars.
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-16-2009, 09:40 PM
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Beet pulp or rice bran, typically horses will like one, just remember to wet first.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-18-2009, 03:02 PM
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Well, our pregnat OTTB mare is on a diet of 2 scoops 12% sweet feed and 2 scoops of Equi Jewl Rice Bran. She is still skinny, but it helps her gain a little wight.

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post #10 of 15 Old 01-18-2009, 07:16 PM
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I looked after an aged ottb mare last year and she was litterally skin and bone when I started looking after her, I only had her for a little while so didnt get her as fat as i would have liked but she certainatly put on allot of weight.
She was on as much hay as she could eat, sometimes up to 2 conventional bales a day. and three feeds a day of 500grams meadow hay chaff,500grams sugarbeet, 500grams equijewel, and one kg of Dunstan gumnuts with one cup of corn oil, probiotics, diamond v yeast, equilibrium, palamountains bone and joint, lindseed and tox-defy.
The other thing about ottbs is that they must be kept warm, my ottb had 5 covers on over winter last year just to keep him warm outdoors.
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