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post #1 of 5 Old 07-16-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Feed for a barrel horse!

hello, just wondering if anyone knows a feed that I could use on my 9yr old TB gelding. We just recently started Barrel racing, and he's doing great, but he sometimes doesnt have enough energy to him. He just needs more 'umph'! He is in shape, and has no other problems, just a lazy guy:) Anyone have any ideas of types of feed I could give to him? Right now he's just getting 1 scoop 12% high fat&fiber grain.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-16-2013, 09:13 PM
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What kind of grain in particular, and how many pounds is in a scoop?

What is his body condition like? Hard keeper, or easy? What kind of hay/forage/grazing does he have access to?
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What kind of grain in particular, and how many pounds is in a scoop?

What is his body condition like? Hard keeper, or easy? What kind of hay/forage/grazing does he have access to?
I have no idea how many pounds and what kind of grain is fed to him. All I know is that its an average/regular scoop. And yes, his condition is great, he's an easy keeper, its easy to keep weight on him, he is inside at night with hay, and outside in a grass pasture all day.
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Its probably not the food. And honestly, I would not feed him anything to make him hot anyways.

Some horses are just lazy. Some horses make it in barrels, some don't have the heart for it. This could be the case.

Also if you have recently started him in barrels, I wouldnt be asking for speed anyhow. Its a good way to ruin a good horse. If you don't believe me, keep going down the road you are and contact me in 2 years.

Take advantage of his laziness right now during his training. Speed comes when it comes. You don't want to rush that.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-16-2013, 09:39 PM
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Maybe next time you're at the barn, you can ask what he's eating? It's good to be involved and aware of every aspect of your horse's care.

If his weight is okay, there isn't a need to add more calories to his diet. Most likely he is lacking "umph" because barrel racing is a new job to him and he isn't properly conditioned yet. You say he is in shape, but he may not be in shape for barrel racing. I tried to barrel race my endurance horse and it almost killed her!

If some workout sessions he is more lethargic than others, he may be tired from his last workout and isn't bouncing back fast enough. Over training a horse is dangerous and can result in injury. What does his conditioning program look like?

If he is running out of energy midway through a training session, he's probably being pushed too hard at his currently fitness level and needs shorter, lighter sessions with more walking breaks.

Also, speed isn't everything. It wears and tears at the body. A horse only has so many sprints in them. Slow work with focus on technique is much better in the long run in every respect.
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