Ice is a 12 y/o OTTB. Came to me not emaciated, but under weight (on grass and 8 lbs of grain a day) with no muscle anywhere except his butt. This still holds true a year later. We've put probably 200 pounds on him, but he's still ribby. On his left side, you can see 2-3. On his right side, you can see like 4 1/2 (Check my album if you don't believe me). He's had 4 months of no work, meaning no top line and no condition at all. He is gaining weight, its just not sticking to his ribs. He was wormed during the spring/summer/fall (I live in Florida so we don't have to worm from November to February, but this year it stayed cold through March). I am planning on having a fecal check done, although he is not showing any signs of worms, other than his ribs showing. His teeth were just done in February. He has access to a salt block during the day, I've seen him lick on it quite a few times. Right now, here is his feeding regimen:
-4 flakes of T&A a day. Its good hay, green and leafy and smelling nice. When he gets more work, we'll probably have to bump this up to five or even six flakes of hay.
-2 scoops (6 quarts) of Safe Choice.
-Joint supplements in the AM. We have had him on ulcer gaurd, but it seems to be like a waste of money, nothings really changed about him, in fact it may have gotten worse. (he still cribs, his appetite and coat were fine before, his attitude is better with work, but otherwise crap)
I am reluctant to feed him straight alfalfa, I don't want to make him hot, which it does do. I have thought of putting alfalfa cubes in his feed, but again, he gains weight, just not in the right place.
There is a large part of me that says that he just needs muscle; once he starts working, and working correctly he'll fill out, but I figured I would get input. I have also had people on this forum tell me he needs muscle, and not so much weight in a previous critique.