Another update on my big boy. He is thriving and loving life. We have recently been okayed to really get back into work after his arthroscopy. Getting his muscle built back up is a slow process, but we are both enjoying it. He has a potentially new little brother coming to visit for a trial this coming up Monday. I'm hoping they get along :)
Drifter has started to become "picky" about his ultium. He will still eat his Smartgut Ultra, etc but he picks around his ultium and often leaves most of it uneaten.
I have increased his work time these past few weeks but his issue of not eating does not seem to have caused him to lose weight yet. I am just worried it will? Or is he simply just not eating it because he no longer feels like he needs it now that the grass is good this summer?
Should I move to just feeding him Ultium every other day? I can't go the no grain route again. That was HORRIBLE last time.
If he's looking good still, even with more work, give him less Ultium, maybe just a handful and see if he eats it. Other possibility would be Strategy Healthy Choice, high fat, low NSC, little less caloric. Sometimes you got to experiment a little.
I was just thinking how glad I was I had figured his food stuff out and we had finally found something his picky self liked that was working. So much for that! Haha
I will try the handful thing, and if he eats it I will lower the amount slightly. He had already been lowered some while he was on stall rest due to his bone chip, and I was weary of lowering the amount again until he had been in consistent work so that I could see if there were changes. So far its been about 2 weeks and I've noticed slight improvement in muscle and a definite sort of 'lifting' of his grass belly from working in frame, and he's slimmed down a bit .. but more in a healthy manner. Not in a "losing weight all over again" fashion.
I'll also do some research on the Strategy Healthy Choice! Thank you!