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  • Senior feed for tb weight gain
  • Low NSC weight gain thin horse

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    06-10-2012, 01:11 PM
This senior feed is what I have my tb on as well and I have to second that! It's GREAT grain for skinny Thoroughbreds
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    06-10-2012, 01:12 PM
Maybe try some alfalfa pellets? I feed mine rice bran but you already do that so.
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    06-10-2012, 01:33 PM
Would your barn be willing to soak beet pulp for him? It's great for hard keepers, and feeding in larger quantities isn't a problem because they can't colic from it.
    06-10-2012, 06:34 PM
He's on beat pulp, like 4scoops a day plus! Was thinking about alphalfa too; do you have problems with your horses getting hot?

Will defiently consider the senior feed.

Thanks everyone!
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    06-10-2012, 10:06 PM
My TB was also really skinny when I returned to caring for him after my injury. I broke my leg March 4 when I fell from him. He was really ribby when standing still! Could count every rib. Since I've been caring for him again (the past 3 weeks), he's put on a lot of weight. He could still put on a few more pounds. Ribs are now covered when standing and his coat is super shiny and soft. He is boarded and they feed him 3 flakes of alfalfa and 1 flake oat hay. My guess a flake is 4-5 pounds. I supplement him with 3 pounds alfalfa pellets, 2 pounds rice bran and 6 pounds Integrity Lite no molasses in three meals.

I am interested in feeding him a senior feed but am concerned he's going to get hot. The Integrity has a very low NSC value compared to senior feed but the senior feed has a lot more fat that he needs. I'm also considering adding a flake of Timothy at lunch. Ugh! These TBs stand still and burn calories like mad.
    06-10-2012, 10:17 PM
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For weight gain, free choice/constant access hay is the primary starting point. I understand you are boarding, but this is a need that you will have to find a way to accommodate. It may mean paying more or going out yourself, etc, but your horse's health is your primary concern at this point. There is no such thing as a "standard" flake of hay when it comes to weight. One person's idea of a flake can be very different from the next - that is why weight hay, when it isn't offered free choice, is important.
From there, as pointed out, weighing all feed is a must. You can't know where to add/subtract feed if you don't know what you are feeding to begin with. A "scoop" could be a coffee can, a 2 quart scoop, a 3 quart scoop or a measuring cup -- at the very least, you need to know what sized scoop is being used and, from there you can estimate the weight of your feeds using the standard averages for various feeds that can be found online.
Boarding is really no reason you can't know these things - ask what size the scoop is that is being used and/or take one feedings worth of each feed and weigh it (either at the grocery store, a home scale, the barn's scale, etc).
    06-11-2012, 07:51 AM
I have put both my horses on sentinel performance LS. They like it a lot and its what my vet recommened to put weight on my retired horse who is super skinny. My mare who I ride moderate/heavily is on it as well and she is keeping weight (hard-keeper OTTB) Its nice also because its low starch/low sugar as well as high fat/high fiber.
Neither of my horses are supposed to get a lot of alfalfa so no advice there, sorry!
    06-11-2012, 09:24 AM
When was the last time you checked him for sand in his gut? If he has sand he won't process his food properly, no matter how much he's getting.
    06-11-2012, 07:26 PM
While I know free choice feeding is important I really don't think it is going to be possible... Sadly. The barn I ride at feeds multiple times a day and he eats really slowing, almost free feeding himself (I know this form watching him eat at horse shows). I also understand the appeal of weighing hay but again not possible. Scoop size: at a feed store the standard size scoop. Also I frequently go to shows where I free feed, I know that is hardly enough time but better then nothing! :)

Will defiently look into all the supplement ideas, I think that's what he need... Thanks for all the suggestions.

We ran sand clea through him six(?) months ago. If he continues to drop i'll run I through him again.

Thanks for all the advice everyone!!!
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    06-12-2012, 01:58 PM
Yes, I would agree to have a vet look at him. I haven't heard of using 8-9 flakes before.
A 18 hand Draft at my barn gets 5, so I would have a vet look at him.
Give him senior food, beet pulp and add a cup of vegetable oil.
Good luck!

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