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    07-08-2012, 07:07 PM
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Foal
feeding OTT to gain weight

I have recently bought a OTT thoroughbred gelding (3 days ago) he is 4 and had his last start back in april. He is absolutly gorgeous, he has the sweetest nature, is very quiet but very alert and interested in whats going on.
He however looks terrible, I have wormed him and gave him a wash in some bacterial wash as he has hair missing everywhere and he is very light on, no top line at all, no bum and very ribby :(
Just wondering weather I should put him on weight lifter, have heard good things and bad things about it, or should I keep feeding him what I am which is.

Scoop = 2ltr container

1/2 oats
1 barley - cooked
1 economix
4 molo mix
1/2 cup rice bran oil

He gets this twice a day with 4 biscuits of hay a day

He eats everything I give him with a little bit of hay left. He is only in a small paddock as the place I agist, the privates are fairly small, probably under 1/2 acre, but haven't got time to pull him out of the big share paddocks to feed him twice a day and wait for him to finish.
     
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    07-09-2012, 03:49 PM
  #2
Started
Has the vet looked at him? Have the vet do a FEC and a general checkover (esp. The teeth!).

Make sure you don't just up his grain, up his hay as well. Also, barley and oats aren't particularly helpful in gaining weight, I would add more hay, beet pulp, and rice bran, not only rice bran oil but the meal/pellets.

Is it possible to get him on some Alfalfa hay/cubes/pellets if he's not on any Alfalfa currently?
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    07-09-2012, 04:35 PM
  #3
Started
It's best to feed by weight, not volume. Can you tell us what he's getting by weight? A great way to put weight on one is to feed 2% of the horse's desired body weight in hay per day -- at least. Also, I agree with casey that rice bran is excellent, although in an OTTB, I would feed with flax. If you use rice bran, make sure you buy the stabilized kind, as it lasts much longer.
     
    07-09-2012, 08:12 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks guys. I'm feeding the oats because I already had a bag there, which my mare gets and where I am agisted I am restricted in how much feed I can have in the shed( already are tking up much more space than im meant to ). I was thinking of putting him on speedy beet, so ill get a bag of that and will have to keep it at home, and hopefully not forget to take some out everyday lol (horse is 20 mins away) Im guessing speedy beet is beet pulp, or can you just buy beet pulp, I haven't heard of it before.
I have always fed barley that I boil up and have always had great sucess with it putting on weight so ill keep with that.
Im feeding 2 biscuits grass hay and 2 biscuits of lucern hay. I basically want to give him as much hay as he will eat and at the moment he is leaving behind about 1/2 a biscuit. I take his old hay away everyday and replace it with new, so it's not the old hay his not eating. Ill increase his hay if he start eating it all.
Thanks again
     
    07-09-2012, 08:18 PM
  #5
Foal
Forgot to add his teeth are getting done thurs, I wormed him soon as he came off the truck. Haven't got a vet but he only had his last race back in april and although he is thin he is still bright and alert, . Traced his previous trainer and she said when he had his last race his owners put him out in a paddock for 1 month (grass but no hard feed) and then he went to market . The girl I got him off had had him 6 weeks and again thrown in paddock with hay once a day and a unlined canvas rug (in balarat) He only had 8 starts too, so that's a bonus, he hasn't been raced to death!!
     
    07-10-2012, 02:02 PM
  #6
Foal
mare needs go put on weight

I have an ottb broodmare who gave birth on april 30. She is getting very thin and needs to put on weight. I'm worried that her colt is getting all her nutrition. Where should I begin? She has 8 acres of well tended grass. Baby is thriving.

She has always been hard to keep weight on.
     
    07-10-2012, 02:08 PM
  #7
Trained
I've owned several horses who had problems keeping their weight--hard keepers. First, ask you Vet for advice, bc we aren't there to examine your horse. Secondly, look into Senior feeds. They are made for elderly horses who are losing weight bc of missing or no teeth, and the feed can be mashed. It's also highly digestible. Thirdly, I keep my horses in the backyard, but my grain room isn't huge, so I can only put several hundred pounds of feed in my steel garbage cans (bought new for feed ONLY) at a time. You'll just have to make more trips to the feed store.
     
    07-11-2012, 01:04 AM
  #8
Green Broke
I actually find that barley helps a hard keeper tons, and helps to build top line. I'd add a weight builder supplement, more hay and add a quality senior feed in place of the other, but that is just me. So senior, barley, rice bran oil and weight builder.
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    07-11-2012, 01:16 AM
  #9
Foal
THRIVE!
Google it. I promise you , you will have great results. You have my word. It is worth every penny. I volunteered for a rescue for a while&they had skinny horses looking great in NO TIME. You can litterally open a bag& let him eat it down. Its safe.
     
    07-18-2012, 06:29 AM
  #10
Foal
Meghanlovee11 - I did google it and it sounds great, the pictures of horses that have been on it are amazing. But I live in Australia and haven't heard of it, the 2 feed stores I went to today haven't heard of it either .
However my boy is doing well and is gaining weight nicely, can't believe how much is has gained in just 12 days. Will keep looking for it though.
     

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