High-Fat Feed without Molasses
Okay, so I'm having a pretty rough time finding a good feed for my OTTB. He's 11 years old and 16.0hh, he weighs 1000lbs right now and could use about 100lbs. He's a very hard keeper, we've struggled for months to put weight on him and it took rice bran (which made him absolutely nuts) and lots of fat supplements.
Right now he's on 3lbs of Triple Crown Low Starch 2x daily, so 6lbs a day, along with 4oz of cool calories and 4 flakes of hay. I'd love for him to be on more hay, but it's been an uphill battle with my barn manager to give him more. I'm trying to find a new place where he'll get more hay, but for now I have to work with what I have. He was treated for ulcers in November of 2013, and was put on a 3-month SandClear purge for sand in his colon.
Here's where it gets tricky. I need something low in sugar and starch, without molasses, and without alfalfa or beet pulp in large amounts - limited amounts of either one is okay, but not too much. He's had some trouble with inflammation in his feet so this diet is at the direction of my trimmer, who's advice I take to heart very deeply as it's helped me greatly.
Now, the question: I absolutely love the TC Low Starch, his coat is shiny and he's been calm but with plenty of non-crazy energy, but it just isn't putting weight on him. I'm looking for a grain without the ingredients mentioned above that has a higher fat content - over 10% would be absolutely fantastic, and he's a bit of a nervous horse so I need something that won't make him even more nuts, if such a thing exists lol.
I've looked at Blue Seal's Sentinel Performance LS and it looks pretty good, but I've seen on a couple of forums that it made horses crazy, and they don't have sugar and starch content or an NSC listed.
Last edited by Emily Morley; 05-20-2014 at 10:01 PM.
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