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    09-09-2010, 12:54 PM
Awe! I just bought a 2 year old rescued tb yesterday. He was found at an abandoned horse mill along with about 30 something others. What have you done in regards to fattening her up?
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    09-09-2010, 03:06 PM
I got my TB off the track but he may as well have been a rescue. First thing you need to know is that TBs arent generally "easy keepers". They have naturally high metabolism and burn calories fast. I have found that unlimited hay and/or grass seems to work the fastest. He gets beet pulp pellets with his grain, and a supplement called "Fat Cat". I have been reading about Cool Calories too, which I am thinking of switching to. He used to get only breakfast and dinner grain, but we have added a small lunch now. That is on top of all the hay he wants.

I think that one of the big rules (and there are many more experienced folks on this Board that should chime in here) is that you don't do too much too fast. TBs are very sensitive and you don't want them to colic. Introduce a bit at a time. I also make sure that he gets proper exercise as we ramp up the food so ensure correct muscle development. Otherwise they get a pot belly.

I am finally realizing that my TB is never going to be a bulky guy. Maybe when he's older he'll fill out, but seeing a little bit of rib doesnt mean he's malnourished.

There is a great book called "Beyond the Track" about feeding and caring for TBs which I have found very helpful. I highly recommend it.
    09-12-2010, 09:39 PM
I'm backing the "Beyond the Track" recommendation as well. Excellent!
    09-13-2010, 08:32 PM
UPDATE 9/11/2010 Liberty and me!!

As you can tell she is progressing very well!!!
So I was wondering if she is pretty short for a 3yr old TB im 5'4" so iwas just wondering?
    09-13-2010, 08:34 PM
Green Broke
Wow she looks great!!!!

I don't think she's necessarily short. My TB mare is 15.2hh and I'm 5'2". She's 7 and done growing. Haha.
    09-13-2010, 08:41 PM
Yeah I figure she still has alot of growing to catch up on now that she's starting to get what she needs!! Just did the 5 way shots that day and she took it like a champ ..( I cheated though did it while there was treats being givin to her..lol)
    09-13-2010, 08:42 PM
Thanks !!!
    09-13-2010, 10:56 PM
She is looking pretty good...she looks like she's growing too perhaps? Good job
    09-13-2010, 11:42 PM
Green Broke
She looks great! Agreed she needs more muscling especially on her neck, but that will come with time, & she'll really start to pick up when you start working & riding her.
I've always wanted a TB lol but alas I have yet to own one!
    09-14-2010, 12:52 PM
LOL THANKS EVERYONE!!! Im definitely trying .. Still havent moved her to the Barn that I want yet hopefully next week for sure im just saving up for emergency bills!! But definitely by the first of oct its better for the BO cause rents due the 1st or the 15th!!

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