My friend's horse. She's a 4y/o ottb. When he got her she was about a body score of 2. He fed her 1:1 sweet feed and oats. 6qt's a day. She was about a 3 when I befriended him and started working with her to be more like a beginners horse(he knows NOTHING about horses, or didn't. His girlfriend convinced him to buy her..then they broke up.) So we got her on buckeye's gro n win and beet pulp. She got fat. Stopped the beet pulp when she was about a 5.5-6. Then he got tight on money and had to move her where she's on pasture.then said she was fat so he cut her back on gro n win and eventually off completely. Now she gets free choice hay..he. Changed her feed to what the pasture owners use.Something 200 he didn't know. She dropped weight quick. I just saw her yesteday after about 3 months and she's aweful. I wanted to cry because she's such a sweet girl. She's at a 1 if he's lucky..
Here's what kills me. Someone reported her and I don't blame them. He called the local vet and the vet said she's 250 lbs underweight but really healthy....he told me this and showed me the report and I wanted so badly to find that vet and lay into him! He reccommends grain, free choice hay and worming every 6 weeks. UMMM she already gets free choice hay, grain 3x a day and wormed every 8 weeks!
He asked me what to do I said put her back on gro n win. If she was fat before then it must have worked.
My question is, are all TB's that way? Some feeds work great some don't do anything at all?
I didn't get to look at the feed bag to see what it is but I'm assuming its high in corn and sugars..so my thought was she's a tb, she blinks and burns 1000 calories. This something 200 feed maybe has high starch sugar content so she burns it very quickly. Where as the gro n win is higher in protien and idk vitamins/minerals.. So. Even though she gets 1.5 lbs of gro n win she gains but the 9lbs of whatever feed she burns right through and loses weight.
Does that sound valid? I'm worried she won't live if she doesn't gain quickly..I don't want him to lose her because he absolutely loves her. But I'm more concerned in her well being
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