So I gave it a try.
Feeding him only free choice hay, SmartDigest probiotic supplement, 2 scoops of Cool calories, 1 lb shredded alfalfa cubes and 3 lbs of Purina Strategy....while on DRY LOT with only 1 hour grass time daily, he went from a body score middle two, looking like this the day we bought him:
To looking like THIS in only 5 months:
Since his weight gain, we have modified his diet somewhat and moved to a private farm with 23 acres of lush green grass.
Almost two years since we bought him, His current picture, taken last week shows him looking like this:
Rather plump for aN OTTB, we are told and he is constantly mistaken for an Appendix... He has grayed out dramatically, and his dapples have exploded!! Lol. He was mostly black before.....
His current diet consists of daily
1 scoop Cool Calories
1 LB shredded alfalfa cubes
2.5 lbs Strategy
7 hours of grass time
Free choice timothy hay
I don't know if it's just his genetics or what, but he is one fat dude!! For an OTTB, that is....for a standard horse, he is about right. I don't know how he came to look like he did in the green picture we took the day we bought him, but since he is a definite easy keeper, I can only assume he was purposely starved....because when fed properly, he will eat and eat and eat. He literally eats more than our draft. For real!!! He gets two extra flakes than her....and almost always eats every last stem!!!
Vet was out yesterday to see Epona for an allergic reaction and commented on Beau: "he looks good but PLEASE don't let him gain anymore weight".