07-27-2010, 12:39 AM
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Turn to a Digestive Aid Suppliment first before you spend countless dollars on a fatening suppliment. Honestly - it doesn't matter what you shove into your horses mouth, regardless of how good of quality of hay being supplied, or how much groceries you buy from the feed store, all of it will be ineffective if your horses digestive system is not processing it correctly or using it efficiantly.
My TB is a hard keeper as well, and I spent countless dollars on hay, grain, fattening suppliments, oils and the list goes on - but nothing worked. I still couldn't get the ribs to dissapear.
It was when I discussed the issue with my Vet and with a SmartPak consultant who said, nothing is going to work until you get his digestive system working correctly.
I was going to go with Cool Calories or even SmartGain, but the consultant told me to not bother, instead start with getting his digestive system back in order, so that it can use all the esentials that his feed gives him, correctly.
So I got him on SmartDigest Ultra, and SmartGut Pellets, and now, my 21 year old TB, who has always been ribby.
I couldn't be more happier. Now that his system is working correctly, I spend less money on the unnecessares.