Safe Choice Performance
Moving my horse, Indy, out of boarding and to our farm this weekend. (YAY!!) So here's a some things you need to know. He has always been a VERY hard keeper, is allergic to corn (yes, he's been tested) and we believe he has internal parasite damage from years of neglect before I bought him 10 years ago. I've had several vets look at him and all have given him a clean bill of health. His teeth are regularly floated, he is regularly wormed, etc. I've had animal control called on me in the past because "there's a very skinny horse in the pasture and he looks malnourished". But I always show them the paperwork from the vets and after AC looks at him, it's obvious he is healthy and happy. Indy is very energetic and is an 18 year old Saddlebred. He's been at several boarding farms from southern Michigan to northern Kentucky. Everyone has their own opinion on how to put weight on him, but nothing thus far has worked.
So with that said, I'd like opinions. I bought a bag of Safe Choice Performance today to start him on. It's about $19 a bag, but I'm willing to spend the money if he will put at least some weight on. His coat is always shiny and healthy in the summer, he grows a decent winter coat and he gets free choice hay 24/7, 365 days a year. Safe Choice Performance says it's good for hard keepers. Has anyone else had a horse that is nearly impossible to put weight on and tried this feed? Any thoughts on what I can supplement with? I've tried weight builders, beet pulp, oils and oats with no success. Everyone's initial theory is to give him corn, but like I said, he is allergic and will break out into hives. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.