Originally Posted by daaybreak
Thanks loosie, I think 3 times a day may be to much in my opinion but I will deffiently look into the other stuff. I think he will need grain however...as most TB's need it of they get to skinny I find. But thank you!
TBs that are not in very hard work & healthy generally need little if any more than any other horse their size. Metabolism can be a little quicker but is generally related to work load. I don't think grain is best for any horse *as a rule* but there are other healthier alternatives for adding 'condition' if the horse doesn't do well on a grass/hay only diet. Substituting some of the hay for lucerne/alfalfa would likely be where I'd start. Beet pulp & soy hulls are other options for 'hard feeds' to add condition & provide something to mix supplements in.
Your thoroughbred won't be three until next January. EVERY thoroughbred has it's birthday January 1 no matter when he was actually born. A June (late) baby has a real racing disadvantage because when January rolls around he's really only 7 months old
Yeah that may be a convenient rule in the racing industry but aside from being rather silly for the rest of us, I wouldn't want to support something that promotes even crueller treatment of racehorses - the damage done even starting a horse at 2yo is bad enough.