Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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I would start out at 6lbs a day. I had Nelson on 10lbs a day and he did well with it.
I had him on Tripple Crown Senior though. I dislike Purina very much, their feeds are very low quality. If you only have access to Purina, I would invest in the Ultium instead.
Of course, introduce is slowly.
Also, sometimes horses digestive systems just cannot do its job entirely, or well enough. So by adding a digestive aid may be needed - pending the horse. Sometimes, their systems just cannot absorb the importancies of the feed to nourish the horse properly, or cannot run the process needed properly - so by adding a digestive aid can help the system work at its best.
I love SmartPaks SmartDigest Ultra - that did a wonderful job for Nelson. And, I would also look into there possibly being ulcers.
There's a lot to factor in, when you have a horse that just isn't gaining the weight needed - but definately start with getting rid of that cruddy sweet feed. There's NOTHING to it, just lots of un needed sugar. Start out with that, introduce the Senior feed, cocosoya and see where you are from there. That + 24/7 acces to hay and pasture, should help.
If not, I would start to look into ulcers, and digestive aids.