01-16-2009, 12:37 AM
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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.