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post #1 of 7 Old 10-14-2012, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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What do you feed your OTTB?

I'm just interested in what you guys feed your off-track Thoroughbreds, and why?

How much?

Does it work?

Do you have Standardbreds or Quarter Horses that have been in racing? If so what do you feed them?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-14-2012, 03:45 PM
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Reno currently gets four scoops of Purina Equine Senior a day. Even though he's only four, he loves it, it doesn't make him hot, and it put weight on him. He has plentiful grazing in the warm months and free choice hay in colder weather. He also gets two flakes of hay with his evening feeding. Carrots, apples, or peppermints on occasion ;D

When I adopted him a year ago he didn't even know what a carrot was...we fed one to him and he was like "what am I supposed to do with this?"

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Indie gets one and a half scoops of Purina Elite in the morning, coupled with her Recovery EQ supplement and I'm currently trying to find a vitamin/mineral supplement for her.. we also sneak in some rice bran oil to help with weight gain, as she was quite skinny when I bought her. She doesn't like the taste so much so it's not a significant amount. Then at night, she just gets another one and a half scoops of Elite. We might have to up it once it gets colder though.

We feed her the Purina Elite because she has a moderate work load, plus it has rice bran/beet pulp as ingredients. Recovery EQ is for joint health since some of her joints so signs of arthritis.

So far, it's been working. She's gained some weight and muscle, and overall, looks much healthier.

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My ex-racehorse, Seamus was just like that when we first showed him a carrot. We got him straight from the track, and he turned his nose up to any sort of treat like carrots or apples. He just had no idea what to do with them!
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We have 5 OTTBs at the moment (three of which we own, the others are fosters) and all of them are on different diets, according to their health/exercise/metabolism

Bree, who came to us looking like this-

has quite a few digestive problems and had terrible ulcers for a long time, so she probably has the craziest diet. She eats-

two flakes of 1/3 alfalfa 2/3 timothy hay
1 pound of rice bran
3 pounds Triple Crown Senior feed
30 g of SmartDigest Ultra suppliment
2 tbs salt


two flakes of hay
4 lbs of Triple Crown Senior
1 lb Rice Bran

I dont have any full body shots of her but she's now a great weight and being retrained as a riding horse!

Then we have Noah, who is getting up there in age and is being used consistently as a lesson horse. He's also 17.3 hh and 1375 pounds.

4 lbs Triple Crown Senior
2 lbs alfalfa cubes
1 lb Rice Bran
3 Flakes of Timothy/alfalfa Hay
2 tbs salt

3 lbs Triple Crown Senior
2 lbs Alfalfa Cubes
2 Flakes of hay

Our other two, Regal and Shaniah are on the same diet. They both eat

2 flakes of Timothy/Alfalfa hay
1 lb Rice Bran
2 lbs Natures Essentials Enrich 12

3 flakes of hay
2 lbs Enrich 12

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-13-2013, 10:58 AM
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New OTTB owner and reviving this post

Endiku, I saw this post from back in October regarding feeding your OTTB. I was very helpful. I was wondering if you could help me further as you have 5 OTTB horses and they are rescued like my new girl, Hannah. (would welcome comments from others as well).

I have adopted a 10yo OTTB mare this past weekend and I am trying to figure out what I will feed her. She is in great condition now. I believe she was on pasture for quite a while and in the past few months at a foster home, probably with some grain being fed getting her ready for adoption. She does not seem very skitish but I am used to quarter horses so I am definitely not looking to make her "hot". Currently the barn that we have her at is feeding her 1/2 scoop sweet feed and 1/2 scoop triple crown senior with added fat and FastTrack. I don't know if I like the sweet feed they are using. It is Southern States stock feed with wheat middlings, peanut hulls, cottonseed hulls, distillers dried grains, cracked corn, corn gluten feed, cottonseed meal, soybean hulls, molasses. It is 12% protein, 2.5% fat, 25% fiber.

I have had quarter horses in the past and was fortunate to have a mill close by that made up the feed on site. So, I am out of practice and a little lost with how to feed a thoroughbred.

We live in Georgia. She is stalled during evening and out in a small pasture, not much grass but round bale of hay to eat freely from. I want to keep it simple for her and prevent colic, of course. I will probably add an electrolyte supplement or is just salt good enough. I notice you do the salt.

So, why do you like the senior? I have read much on the internet about grain not being the best thing for horses contrary to tradition.

What rice bran do you use? powdered or liquid?

Any suggestions would be so helpful right now. I want to do my best by her.

Thank you.

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I knew a friend who had a low-grade race TB.... she just put him on 24/7 mixed grass hay and tossed in some beet pulp and senior feed twice a day (not sure the amount, if I had to guess knowing her I'd say a quart of each). He's actually a bit too fat now, bahaha.
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