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    07-11-2012, 02:31 PM
  #1
Yearling
Weight Gain (for future reference)

My OTTB gelding has had trouble gaining weight (I assume even before I adopted him as he was quite thin at the rescue). He went through a stage of playing with his hay instead of eating it, then resuming eating hay and neglecting his feed. He had grown to dislike that particular feed's flavor, but we managed to find something he likes that has put some weight on him recently. This is his current feeding schedule:

AM - 2 scoops/4 quarts Purina Senior*
Daytime - grazing out in the pasture
PM - 2 scoops/4 quarts Purina Senior, 2 flakes of hay**

*We have him on the Senior because he actually eats it and it has a decent fat content. He was first on Ultium, but he grew to dislike the taste. Omolene just made him stupid hot.

**I'm not 100% sure what kind of hay the horses at the farm get, but I do know it's fairly high quality.

He is gaining weight slowly, but he will be under saddle in the next few weeks (I'm hoping) so I am somewhat worried about that weight gain just shedding off him from the work. I may look into supplements and other things to add to his diet to get and keep him at a healthy weight. Which is what I need you folks for.

What have you tried? Recommend? Swear by?

(He's a four year old Thoroughbred, by the way...putting that here on the end to keep it fresh in your heads)
     
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    07-11-2012, 02:39 PM
  #2
Started
I'm using MoorGlo right now for a couple of appendix qh/app crosses. It has rice bran and flax seed in it, and seems to be helping. Rice bran is a great source of calories and the horses seem to like it.

Some TBs do well with a little alfalfa added to their diets.
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    07-12-2012, 07:33 PM
  #3
Trained
Has he had his teeth attended recently? Has he been scoped/treated for ulcers?

I'd consider treating for ulcers & I'd also consider feeding a probiotic. I generally think it's best to go for a low sugar, low starch, high fibre kind of feed, rather than general purina & 'senior' types, but if you're going to feed this, it would also be best to feed it more frequently, spreading the ration over at least another meal or 2 daily.
     
    07-14-2012, 01:56 PM
  #4
Foal
I had similar problems with my "aged" mare. The feed that did wonders for me was beet pulp. I recommend feeding two small portions per day. Start out with very little and work your way up slowly so your horse can get used to it. Another trick is to add vegetable oil to your senior feed. Molasses also helps to make grain more inviting. My horse was fattened up in a matter of two or three weeks when I fed beet pulp so I defiantly swear by it!
     
    07-14-2012, 02:11 PM
  #5
Yearling
Loosie, we suspected he needed floating or was developing ulcers when he stopped eating his old feed, but his overall behavior didn't say much towards either (since first he was playing with his hay, not just ignoring it, then eating his hay and leaving his grain). He dives right into the Senior, which has been giving him some weight gain. Since he likes it and it's working (for now), I don't want to bother my BO with a new brand of feed. I will ask about getting his teeth and tummy looked at just in case (I had my own endoscopy last year, go figure). It may have to wait, or I'll have to work out a payment plan depending on how much it is...as I just started my new job.

I don't think extra meals a day would be doable unless my BO is willing to take him out of the field to feed him during the day. I'd do it myself, but it's a 100 mile round trip to the barn and back home, and that would kill my vehicle mileage and my wallet (with the gas prices). It would be easier once his training with her is finished and I move him to a barn down here.

I will be (crossing my fingers) going up hopefully tomorrow to visit him and see how he's doing. I hate living so far away, but it was best for my situation. I will be taking pictures to compare to how he looked before so we can see how he's been doing in the weight gain...and muscle building since he's been in training every day (unless the BO's health took some bad turns...I know she had a few muscle tears in her hip and knee).
     
    07-15-2012, 03:05 PM
  #6
Weanling
I use 2 oz of triple crown ride bran oil plus at each meal for my hard keeper. Any type of oil or high fat supplement would probably help a bit. Oil is what is usually recommend because it will give him the extra calories but in most cases won't make him hot. I've never used smartpak's cool calories but I've seen results in other people's horses.
     

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