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    07-11-2011, 11:46 AM
Weight Supplement for OTTB

I have a 6 year OTTB who I would like to get some more weight on her. She gets a coffee can of Purina Stratedy twice a day, she is outside on a grass pasture overnight and gets all she can eat good quality hay. She isn't a big eater so basically if I giver her more grain she won't eat it, and while I make sure she always has hay in her stall she rarely eats more then three to four flakes a feeding. I am looking into putting her on a weight builder, does anyone have any suggestions. I was looking at Cocosoya or weight builder. Input from anyone would be great
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    07-11-2011, 12:03 PM
I would get her off of Strategy firstly, that isn't a weight builder at all. I would put your mare on a Senior Feed personally, like Tripple Crown Senior. That is crammed packed with Beat Pulp, Rice Bran and other important ingredients needed for hard to keep TB's.

If you can't get Tripple Crown, which is very high quality - Go with Purina Ultium.

Of course, teeth, worming are important factors.

Cocosoya is a great additive, my TB is on Cocosoya. It has omega 6's and 3's, and rice bran. That's great for coat conditioning, skin conditioning and helps with weight gain.

I would also look into a digestive aid, like SmartDigest Ultra.
    07-11-2011, 12:36 PM
Thank you! I have been feeding Stradegy for over a year now and she does well on it, she doesn't get hot and some feeds she either won't eat it or in some rare cases breaks out into hives. I have attached a picture. She isn't like sickly skinny I just want some more, she is just returning to work from an injury. As her work increases I just want to add a topper to keep her weight going in the right direction. She is still young and I know that she will still be filling out here in the next couple years. Hence why I am slightly nervous switching grains on her. I was hoping just a little boost to help supplement would be helpful .
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    07-11-2011, 12:48 PM
I'd say flax (better) or canola oil. I add flax to my mares.
    07-11-2011, 12:49 PM
Agreed with MI - to get the results you're looking for without adding more grain you'll have to find a feed with a higher fat % than Strategy.

TCS & Ultium were mentioned, both are great weight builders.
Since she's not a big eater, you're in the right mind set about adding a supplement rather than more feed.

Other TC products you could try are TC Training (13% fat, 13% fiber, 13% protein) and TC Complete (12% fat, 15% fiber, 12% protein), then add a pound of Rice Bran (20% fat, 4-6% fiber, 13% protein) for some extra calories, along with the cocosoya.

*sorry I just noticed your recent post about not wanting to switch her feed, just wanting a topper. But like I said Rice Bran is great stuff, Purina Amplify is also paced with calories.
    07-11-2011, 01:44 PM
I boarded a hard to gain weight TB for a year...I had him on strategy with mine (1 and 1/2 scoops), and added smartpaks to his diet for weight gain. I had him on smartgain 4 and it did wonders for him..but the cocosoya also worked well. He never really chunked up...but the rib look was gone and that is what I liked. He seemed alot happier too:) And of course he always had access to coastal with occational alfalfa for treat.
    07-11-2011, 03:28 PM
Thank you all, I am in the process of trying to find a better feed that are sold locally. I went with Strategy because I had heard good things about it and it was easy to find at the local Tractor supply. Previously I had her on Blue Seal but it only sells at on of the TSC and it because a pain trying to plan my shopping trips that I only get to do once or twice a month. I also chose finding one that was from TSC because it is open 7 days a week unlike feed mills. The only senior feed offered is Dumor and the other purinas are Omelene 100 and 200 which had less fat and protien then Strategy. So I added a 1/2 of Omagetin twice a day as a source of added fat. Our area seems to be filled with people who simply buy the cheap 12% feed and then feed the crap out of it. But with Sky not being a big eater that wouldn't work. What are your thoughts on that.
    07-11-2011, 04:25 PM
By cheap 12% do you mean sweet feed? That's what it's called up here. It's garbage, I would not feed it to my horses nor recommend it for anyone else. Some faithfully feed it around here and sure, there's nothing glaringly wrong with the horse, but there are much better feeds out there by far. People often refer to the 12% as candy. You wouldn't feed your kid candy every day, twice a day - so why feed it to your horse?
    07-11-2011, 05:05 PM
From the look of your picture your horse is at a ok weight, you just need to build up more muscle and topline. Tb's arent suppose to be thicker like wb. My tb is under weight aswell but you can see his ribs and spine a bit from your photo I don't see much sign of mal nutrition
    07-11-2011, 05:23 PM
Yes, the 12% sweet feed and I didn't say I would use it, I just wanted to give you an idea on what is available in our area. We have one Buckeye dealer (which I love buckeye) but it is to hard for me to get there during open hours. We have a local agway I thought about seeing what they have as people seem to use them a lot as well but I am still stuck on them not being open on weekends.any thoughts on omegatin
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