Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
No matter how much feed you give him and how much forrage you give him, nothing is going to come of it if he has digestive issues and ulcers.
Majority of TB's lead highly stressed lives while on the track, and end up with digestive issues. I would highly suggest that you get him scoped by your Vet, in both his stomache and his GI tract to ensure that you aren't dealing with Ulcers.
And I would look into a digestive aid, that has Probiotics and Prebiotics to help your horses digestive system to absorb all the nutrients needed to keep him healthy weight wise.
You can stuff all the feed down his throat all you want, but you're flushing your money down the toilet if your horse has digestive issues, because all that feed will go in and out without your horse absorbing any of the importancies.
Horses are designed to be continuos grazers, that is who they are. That is how their systems are set up - to have forrage in their stomaches 24/7. If they are left for the majority of the day with no food in their tummies, they will end up with digestive issues - because their stomach's lining isn't being protected from the acids.
So for a horse that only gets a little amount of hay in the A.M and a little amount in the P.M - is not sufficient enough for your horses health, his stomach, nor his digestive system.
I would look at SmartPak's suppliments to help your horses digestive system, such as Smart Digest Ultra, and Smart Gut.
If the barn that you are currently at cannot provide your horse with the forrage needed to ensure digestive health and productivity - I would move.