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  • My three year old is too thin

 
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    11-01-2010, 04:04 PM
  #11
Yearling
Freechoice hay would be the best place to start. If your barn can't manage to put him in the sitaution where he can get to the hay, maybe try looking for another barn? You might want to consider checking him for ulcers if you haven't already, that's where I would start with an off the track horse.
     
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    11-01-2010, 04:16 PM
  #12
Yearling
What about some wet beet pulp? Jesse ended up loosing a whole bunch of weight this summer so now he gets 2 scoops of oats (but considering you have a TB that might not be a good idea), 1/2 a cup of canola oil, 1 1/2 smaller scoops of wet beet pulp and a little bit of salt and it seems to be helping.
     
    11-01-2010, 04:51 PM
  #13
Started
Purina senior is what I feed my hard keepers they get about 10lbs a day + a round bale
     
    11-01-2010, 06:19 PM
  #14
Trained
Add some more senior feed and a weight supplement. I hate trying to keep weight on TB's, I swear it's like trying to force feed a skeleton.....
     
    11-20-2010, 05:46 PM
  #15
Foal
Thanks for the advice

Thanks all for your advice. Here is what I am doing for him:

2lbs 12%pellets & 2lbs Purina Senior with 1/2 a cup of vegitable oil in the mornings with 1 flake of hay.

2lbs 12%pellets & 2lbs Purina Senior with 1/2 a cup of vegitable oil at lunch with 3 flakes of hay.

2lbs 12%pellets & 2lbs Purina Senior with 3/4 a cup of vegitable oil, Fernam Weight Builder, U-Guard Powder, and Vita-Plus in the PM with 4 flakes of hay.

This has worked and he has started to gain weight again. In fact my trainer says that he looks 100% better.
     
    11-23-2010, 11:12 AM
  #16
Banned
I didnt read every post but have you tried sentinal performance ls, its high in protein, and fat but is low in startch and sugar so it won't give them the extra energy, I'm feeding it to my rescue he's an ottb as well and he's about 300lbs underweight. He gained like 50 lbs in 2 1/2 weeks. My vet recommened to me feeding him 5lbs three times a day. She said usually whats on the package of food is what you should go by for there ideal weight. He's 16 hand and she said he should be around 1100 lbs hope this helps ;)
     
    11-24-2010, 08:38 PM
  #17
Started
Why are you mixing the feeds instead of just giving him the recommended amount of Senior...

Sweet feed has been shown to STOP horses from gaining weight
     
    11-24-2010, 11:14 PM
  #18
Green Broke
That's also too much oil. A horse can only digest 2 cups of 100% fat a day, and senior feed is already usually high in fat. I would cut the oil down to 1/2 cup am and 1/2 cup pm, none at noon.
     
    11-28-2010, 02:19 AM
  #19
Foal
Jeez, you are spending a lot of extra money you don't need to be spending!

First of all, how much does your hay weight per flake? A flake can be 2 pounds or it could be 12 depending on how it's baled. He should be fed hay by weight, not by flake. Also, the quality of hay should probably be assessed, but you could be getting that extra protein by throwing him a few pounds of alfalfa in the evening instead of expensive pellets and probably see better results. Also, if you're set on feeding purina, I would switch from senior to Omolene 200 and up the amount 10 pounds a day. If you still don't see great results, try adding 2 pounds of rice bran instead of doing the oil/vita-plus/weight guard stuff. The vita-plus isn't necessary since the complete feed contains all the vitamins and minerals he needs. I just want to save you some money, and honestly, I don't know too many thoroughbreds that don't eat at least some alfalfa. They are hard to keep weight on, none the less help them gain!
     
    11-28-2010, 02:42 AM
  #20
Foal
Have you tried beet pulp? I rehab OTTB's and they always come in way too thin... and they are nervous hard keepers (usually) I typically feed a mix of beet pulp and alfafa cubes soaked and add safe choice 12%. Also hay hay and more hay.... mine typically get 2 flakes am, 1 flake lunch, and 4-6 flakes pm... depending on the weather. This year changed over to round bales.. so now it's round bale 24/7 plus the pm grain and 3 flakes good brome/alf mix hay. Also TB's esp if they were off the track tend to be used to a high percentage of grain to hay. So transistioning them is harder... too they think "down time" or "relax time" is when they are in their stall... so feeding them lots of hay at nite in their stall helps...I really love the beet pulp since it does not wind them up like some grains will....
     

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