I have an 8 year old OTTB. I bought him a year ago. He was very quiet and steadfast. This has changed in the last 5 months, because of what I believe is a diet too high in protein and grain! It an attempt to put weight on him I started feeding him alfalfa hay, 1 cup of oil and Step 8 Hi Fat Feed. The amounts looked like this in the end:
6 flakes Alfalfa a day/unlimited grass hay
1 cup vegetable oil
6 coffee tins (350 grams) of Hi Fat Feed A day
1 coffee tin (350 grams) of Dr Reeds Vitamin Pellets.
When I started this diet, he was at home, living in a large pasture. Now for winter, he has been moved to our local indoor arena where he lives in a very small paddock with a shelter. After one week at the facility my OTTB has become very hot! I used to be able to ride him 3 or 4 days a week, take a day or two off and hop right back on again! Not anymore! He bucks, bolts etc.....
And....I have realized, with help from his previous owner, that he is on protein overload! Also the hi fat feed is grain based, which doesn't help my situation.
I was under the impression that alfalfa (protein) didn't make horse hot...I don't think this is entirely true. Maybe in high amounts it does!
Has anyone deal with this issue before with a thoroughbred? What do you feed now to maintain a good weight?
He looks great right now...I would like to keep it that way. In the last week I have reduced his alfalfa hay to two flakes a day. I have cut back on the grain to only 1 coffee can a day. Today I started to incorporate Rice Bran so I can eliminate the grain all together.
Any advice, comments welcome! Thanks!!!