Hmm. Well really, I wouldn't know if I need to give it or not. CoCo has just come from the track. She's in race condition.
I am feeding her 4lbs of Omolene 100 twice a day, plus three flakes of good hay twice a day. She's not on the greatest of pasture. I have been trying to give her more hay but she just tramples it and I'm not allowed to have a hay rack or hay bags (BO is a little umm.. left of center) in the stall.
I've thought about adding Weight Builder which I used with my last OTTBs but I'm trying to be a little more open minded.
Wait - you aren't allowed you supply our own Hay Bag? I don't like Hay nets either, but a Hay Bag is nothing to be worried about.
What you can also do, this is what I do for Nelson because he's a piggy with his hay - is I got one of those huge plastic barrels and had it cut 1/4 off the top.
You can sorta see it here:
Although it doesn't look it - LOL - it does help keep his hay limited on the floor, which minimizes the amount that gets "trompled" on.
You might give that a try.
I have a TB and yes, many of them are hard keepers. The first and foremost should be roughage. If your barn isn't putting round bales infront of their faces out in their pastures/paddocks, and not giving unlimited hay to your horse, then I would look to go else where.
Your horses health and weight is foremost important. I was at a facility where they BO was not concerned about his weight, but more concerned about her pocket book - and due to that he lost 300 pounds.
I moved him. Enough was enough.
Sorry, but 6 flakes in a day is not enough, not even close to being enough roughage for a 1000lb - 1100lb horse.
Pasture this time of year, is ****. There is nothing in it anymore
Grain, should be just top dressing in accordance to the hay. Nelson has a round bale infront of his face out on turnout, and when he comes in at night, he gets 6 flakes of hay thrown into his bucket. He has hay infront of him 24/7. Very important.
If I were you, I would go to a Senior Feed. It is great for any age of horse because of everything that is in it.
What Nelson is on, is 8 pounds of Tripple Crown Senior. 4 in the A.M and 4 in the P.M
Which also comes with Shaved Beat Pulp, Bran, Ultimate Finish and Coacoa Soya.
He went from being ribby and very skinny *ask Spyder and Joshie, they saw him* to a very plump, in shape, hard to keep, TB.
It's very expensive IMO. I just did a research (for my own horses) and looks like the perfect oil to go with is usual canola oil from food store. It has perfect 2:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 (corn oil has almost no omega 3, and veggi oil (aka soybean) is 7:1 ratio which is pretty low too). You can just add half-cup twice a day with feed.
Round bales are usually cheep, ie low quality hay. I stick with grocery store oils, they do the trick just fine and are pretty cheep. I saw rice bran oil for like $50 the other day, next to a same size jug of veg oil. There was a $35 difference, at least.
Some round bales are good quality but you need to shop around, and possible get a hay analysis first. Round bales were originally intended for cows and animals who don't get fed on a daily basis, who are usually fed the lower quality hay. I prefer canola oil over veggie oil. Rice bran oil can go bad quickly. I've never used cocosoya oil, but I don't really like coconut oil, I believe it has more partially saturated fats.