I have a question for you guys. I could probably look through the archives, but I don't know that I'd find a similar situation and I want to be sure so I can budget for it.
So I'm seriously considering (i.e, I don't intend to buy any other breed, unless I am SERIOUSLY convinced against it) buying an OTTB as my first horse. I know most of the issues with that idea, but if you'd like to talk about it, please message me! I don't mind talking about my reasons and such if it'd put your mind to rest. Anyways, the TB I'm currently eyeing is a 6yo Gelding. I need to call the lady to talk about him with her, so it's nothing more than my interest at the moment, but either way I'm sure I'm going to have some sort of issue similar when I buy an OTTB. The gelding had a chip removed from an ankle in the past, and has mild arthritis, but is sound and apparently you really can't tell. That's his only issue, and he's sound for all but jumping, and I just don't want to jump, so we're good to go.
But I'm still going to want to give him (or any other OTTB, really, I'm just saying 'him' because it's easier to refer to a single horse than the nebulous 'they', and he's been looking for a home for over a year now and hasn't found one, so if we talk and it looks good and she's happy with me, there's a good chance that I could buy him) supplements, to keep him happy and healthy for a long time. I know they might not be entirely neccessary, but unless they would harm him or not do any good, I do want to try it. My question is, do you think that these are all that I'm going to need?
- Omega Horseshine - Not only because I like a good, shiny horse, but I do intend to try his feet on barefoot, and it could help with his feet! If he's not one of the horses it doesn't work for, but we'll see.
- Cosequin powder - It has Chondroitin and Glucosamine, and I'm not entirely sure on the normal dosage, it seemed a little foggy from what I saw, but for mild arthritis and no jumping, no galloping, no OVERLY heavy work, I think I could get away with one scoop of it every time I came out, three times a week (or maybe two, but I'm going to shoot for three). Rather than one scoop a day. It would last a lot longer, and for mild athritis, I don't know that it would be neccessary to give the one scoop a day? Of course, I'd give it every day if he needed it!
- Electrolyte supplement - I would give it whenever I worked with him; the one I'm looking at tastes like orange and is apparently the most palatable. So that's good. Do you think it would need to be a daily type thing, though? I think it's only needed when you're working with them and they're sweating and such.
So you get a better idea, whatever horse I get, I'm going to take it as slow as the horse needs to. We'll build up those muscles to a level that it would be okay for me (definitely not jockey-sized) to ride him, get some chiro done, get his hooves boots and used to being barefoot...then after all of that, just light work for a while. I don't think we'll do too much during the summer; it's too bloody hot here to move! And I won't be able to seal any deal until May at earliest anyways, so, we'll be lucky to do anything by fall, I think? But when it starts cooling down, we'll pick it up a little bit, maybe start on some trails. So yeah. For that amount of work, will those supplements be okay? Do any of you have any suggestions on other ones I might use? Or if you have any suggestions as to the whole situation -- the horse, training, etc -- feel free to message me.
Thanks for your time!