My horse looks more ribby than normal this winter even though its been real mild! Is there anyway to fatten up a horse on a low sugar/low fat diet? There is a history of colic and founder hence the diet!
Current feed schedule:
.5lb RB 2x/day
Unlimited grass hay
Tiny bit of grass that's still left in the pastures (we have no snow right now )
What I have started using to help my almost 18 year old QH from becoming too ribby is Cool Calories 100 and he is doing really well on it. I'm no expert on anything like this, by any means, but .5lb feed doesn't sound like much at all. Can you give us any information on the horse? Breed, age, workload, etc? I'm sure the people who know more than me will chime in soon :)
The feed is a ration balancer so you don't have to feed very much, even if you did its just supplemental to a horse on a grass/hay diet so it wouldnt put lbs on them. This is an older horse with a light workload.
ALso try Purina equine Senior. They've tried it at Southern IL you. Ag on elderly horses, many without some, most or all of their teeth, and they've all gained weight on it. It's pelleted and easily masticated and can be made into a mash, also easily digestable. Treat it as your would grain and start with abou 1/2 cup/day, then add one handful more daily to increase, since your horse has had a history of colic. It's the grain on/grain off that will colic him. I had to transport a chornic colicker--not my horse--for a girl who fed one 3 lb coffee can of grain every other day. The horse's sides were hard as a ROCK, with classic colic symtoms. Still, he was much recovered by the time he reached the University Vet School's emergency clinic, some 15 miles away.