This was him last year before the ulcers:
This was him last week. As you can see he's super skinny.
Ty of course can't be a nice pig of a horse. Nope. He's super picky. And he often get "bored" with feeds. As in one day he will be eating a food happily and the next he will fling it across the stall and refuse to touch it. I go out and buy him a new brand and he will gobble it. Other brands he refuses to touch period.
His teeth are fine and up to date with floating. They are checked every 3 months by my vet and if he finds anything wrong Ty is floated by him (he's a dentist too though I have had Ty checked a few times by another independent dentist and she said my vet's work was great). Normally he only need
Ty's missing quite a few teeth so hay isn't really eaten by him. He does play with it and nibble a little bit though so I give him access.
All his feed is soaked because he's choked a few times.
Work: He's ridden bareback 3 times a week at a walk for about 15 minutes. He never agreed with the whole retired thing and he loves his little walks to get the mail. He comes running when I hold up his reins and is all ears forward and happy.
The Blacklisted Feeds. If I put these near him, he throws them.
- Beet Pulp
- Alfalfa Pellets
- Triple Crown Senior
- Dumor Senior
- Sentinel Senior
- Rice Bran
- Purina Equine Senior
- Safe Choice Senior
- Strategy GX
- Dumor Equi-Stages
- Orchard Hay Pellets
- Timothy hay pellets
His favorite foods. The ones I can easily get him to eat. Also known as his beloved sweet feeds.
- Omolen 100 Active Pleasure.
- Blue Seal Rider
- Pretty Much any sweet feed he can get ahold of.
- Bran Mash. Wheat Bran. He will kill for his bran mash. I know its horrible for him but its the only way I can sneak in his Joint supplements. He gets 1 cup a day to hid the two tablespoons of joint meds.
His diet right now is
- 12lbs Dumor Equi-Stages
- 2lbs of Timothy Pellets before soaking. He normally eats about 3/4 of this
- 1lb of Omolene 100 This is his "bribe" to eat the Hay pellets. If I don't mix this in I can bet he will throw the pellets and then storm off.
- 1 cup of Wheat Bran
Clearly this isn't enough. He is staying about the same weight wise and I really don't feel comfortable increasing his grain much more then this. He doesn't always eat all of this as it is. Even though he gets fed 6 times a day.
So I need something else. I was thinking of putting him on performance horse feeds. They seem to be higher fat then any other feed even senior
The brands I'm looking at are and there percentages.
- Safe Choice Performance: 14% Protein 9%fat
- Sentinel LS: 12% Protein 12% Fat