Time to adjust my horse's diet! I've had my OTTB for a year and a half now. He started at age three and raced until he was nine years old (last race November 2011). He has always been very hard to keep weight on
BUT... We have finally gotten to a point where I'm pretty happy with his weight. It was a long process, lots of vet visits, phone calls to equine nutritionists, chiropractics, dentistry, ulcer treatment, etc.
I'm hoping to be able to cut out his "junk food" now that he looks good... But I'm just worried his weight will fall again, as it drops very easily.
Currently, he is ridden 6 days a week for about 45-50min at a time. This is broken down into two days of hard work (one jumping and one interval training), three days of moderate work (two dressage and one hillwork), and one day of light work (hack, flat, etc.).
His current ration (I know, I know - junk food
AM Concentrate: 3lbs Triple Crown Complete, 2 Tablespoons Super 14, 1/2 cup Canola Oil*
PM Concentrate: 3lbs Triple Crown Complete, 2 Tablespoons Super 14, 1/2 cup Canola Oil*
24hr turnout on good quality, green grass (unless terrible weather - in which case he comes in and gets free choice good quality Timothy hay).
*The Canola Oil WAS recommended by our vet
Here's what I'm looking to do:
1. (Most important) Cut out the Canola Oil
2. Find a grain with lower levels of starch and high calories
3. Replace Super 14 with flax (easy enough, but would love to hear opinions on best way to feed it!)
So I'm looking for recommendations/experience/insight/whatever you have as to how to go about this.
Ideally, I would find a high fat, low starch, well balanced grain that would allow me to cut out the oil, but I'm open to just about anything!
And off topic, but just want to brag a bit. My little guy is growing up - we just passed our C2 pony club rating!